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Should Journalists Flag Lies As Lies?


Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed David Dozier who is a leading media authority.

Since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, reporters have begun to play a more active role in identifying untrue statements by politicians and others as untrue. The Washington Post identified over 30,000 false or misleading claims made by Trump during his presidency. This practice departs from the so-called “objective” newswriting style of “balance.” Under prior practices, reporters achieved “balance” by allowing other sources to attack false statements as false. When reporters know a public statement is false, is it proper for them to flag that statement as false? Does this inject reporters’ biases into factual news coverage? What criteria (if any) should reporters use to determine if it’s proper for journalists to identify a statement as false? For more on “fake news,” see Dozier is professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University.

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David Dozier ( is the author of the novel, The California Killing Field. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University. He’s an internationally recognized expert on communication management and public relations.

According to USA Business Radio, “David Dozier is a scholar of public relations and communication management, professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, and author of The California Killing Field. He says fake news has become a phenomenon, political campaigns use the tactic to influence voters, and that it’s perplexing that a conspiracy-based group such as QAnon has gained national attention.

Kevin Price and David Dozier are doing a multi-part series on this important topic that will be on many different platforms, as well as on radio. Keep an eye out for the series throughout the Price of Business Digital Network and USA Business Radio.


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