Aspen Insight

How to Save a Democracy in Decline

Episode Summary

For decades, Americans have been losing trust in democratic institutions, particularly media. A 27-member commission created in part by the Aspen Institute is finding ways to strengthen trust and democracy.

Episode Notes

For decades, Americans have been losing trust in democratic institutions, particularly media. In the news landscape, fact and opinion are getting blurred, falling revenues are shuttering newsrooms, and the public lives in “echo chambers” and can’t agree on facts. The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy believes distrust has reached crisis levels. The 27-member commission, created by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, drilled into why trust is declining and how it can be rebuilt. Their list of recommendations for media organizations, technology companies, and the public was released in early February 2019. In this episode, commissioners explain that it takes work from everyone to strengthen American democracy.

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