Special Relationship: Don't Believe the Liberal Media?

The media is under siege in this election — and the phenomenon isn't limited to the campaign for U.S. president.

In this episode, Celeste and John talk with two powerful news editors in the United States and Europe about covering politics in an era when people think they're entitled not just to their own opinions, but their own facts.

Marty Baron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning executive editor of The Washington Post, speaks about the moral obligation — and occasional frustrations — of truth-telling, against the backdrop of an extraordinary election between two presidential candidates who are by turns openly hostile toward and suspicious of the press.

And from Germany, Bild Digital Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt weighs in on how Europe's largest news outlet combats the "post-factual" criticisms of a radical right AND left that are waging an information war against what they call the "Lügenpresse" — the "lying press."

Our producer is Alan Haburchak.

Special Relationship, from The Economist and Mic

Special Relationship is a podcast collaboration that examines the US presidential election from the characteristic perspectives of two leading news organizations. Hosted by The Economist’s John Prideaux and Mic’s Celeste Katz, Special Relationship grapples with the major themes and issues in a campaign that has been anything but predictable. Each episode is a conversation, fusing deep dives into specific themes with broader perspectives provided by global and historical comparisons from both sides of the pond. It’s a unique transatlantic partnership between two distinctive voices. It’s a special relationship.

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