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Can You Trust The Media? Episode 111

Niall Boylan | November 20, 2023
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    Can You Trust The Media? Episode 111
    Niall Boylan

In this thought-provoking episode, Niall tackles the critical question: Can You Generally Trust The Media? The discussion is sparked by a recent study published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), revealing the growing influence of the far-right in Ireland and the challenges posed by online platforms in enforcing community guidelines.

The study, conducted over the course of a year, analyzed more than 13 million posts across various social media platforms, exposing alarming trends of misinformation, particularly around topics like Covid-19, vaccines, anti-lockdown protests, and LGBTQ+ issues. As the far-right gains traction, questions about media reliability and bias come to the forefront.

Niall delves into the dichotomy between social media platforms and mainstream media, questioning whether the latter is a more trustworthy source. He explores the influence of government narratives on mainstream media outlets, referencing statements made during a recent high-profile murder case that implicated government policies in the tragic incident.

Opening up the lines to callers, the audience passionately shares their perspectives on media trustworthiness. Some express disillusionment with the media, citing biased reporting, sensationalism, and a lack of accountability. Others, however, defend reputable sources and emphasize the importance of distinguishing between responsible journalism and misinformation.

As the episode unfolds, Niall expertly navigates diverse viewpoints, offering listeners a comprehensive examination of the challenges and complexities surrounding media trust. The conversation serves as a reminder of the critical role media plays in shaping public opinion and the necessity of fostering transparency, accountability, and reliability in the realm of information dissemination.

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