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Ben Smith: Role of Media in Pandemic Coverage

Ian Bremmer explores the media's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and President Trump's treatment of journalists. With guest Ben Smith, media columnist at The New York Times and former head of Buzzfeed News, we explore global coverage of COVID-19, including misinformation campaigns and social media's role in society today.

Covering a Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Media

In this week's episode, Ian Bremmer explores the media's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and President Trump's treatment of journalists. With guest Ben Smith, media columnist at The New York Times and former head of Buzzfeed News, the show looks at global coverage of COVID-19, including misinformation campaigns and social media's role in society today. Later in the program, meet Danny Rogers of The Global Disinformation Index. His group is working hard to find harmful or misleading information online and alert major publishers and tech platforms.

What will HBO do after Game of Thrones?

What happens to HBO after Game of Thrones?

So they might lose a few subscribers. People like myself, who signed up just for Game of Thrones, and canceled this morning. But they do have some exciting shows coming up. You know Euphoria, Watchmen, His Dark Materials, Big Little Lies season 2. Game of Thrones wasn't always a point in television. It takes a lot of bets to figure out which one will be. It's gonna be interesting to see if they maintain that high quality creation with the departure of Richard Plepler, the CEO after the acquisition.

Stop asking for another season 8 of Game of Thrones just because you didn't like this one. Obviously it's not going to happen I don't think people signing a petition think it's going to happen but it's ridiculous. This is art. Don't behave like a angry customer on TripAdvisor. If you don't like it. Well this is art it's not about the audience it's about the creator's vision. You can critique it, dislike it, hate it. I certainly have opinions but ultimately it's up to the creators. Art is supposed to make you a little riled up. If you're feeling disappointed, questioning, disturbed that's exactly what art is supposed to do. So enjoy it and look forward to the next show who makes us feel this riled up!

How to Avoid Making a Game of Thrones-Sized Editing Mistake

Is it still dangerous for journalists in Myanmar?

Yes, unfortunately. So the good news is that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters reporters were freed. However, they were pardoned, which means they're still considered criminals. And there has been a real chilling effect on the press in Myanmar. The Irrawaddy, which is an independent newspaper, is being investigated. There are people being investigated for Facebook posts that the authorities don't like. So absolutely still dangerous.

Game of Thrones made a huge mistake last week. What is the best way to check your work?

Yes. Game of Thrones left a coffee cup on a Winterfell table. Not a good look. So, process is really the best way. Making sure that there are multiple people looking at your work and editing it, which I'm sure is the case at HBO. But you can still miss things. A trick that I use is changing the font or the layout on an article when I give it a last read. Or you can read it backwards. On video you can play with brightness, color saturation, and you can play just a sound, or just the image. Really anything that will trick your brain into thinking that you're looking at something new and therefore you can have fresh eyes and better see mistakes.

The Guardian Makes A Profit: Media in 60 Seconds

The Guardian is finally profitable! Can it keep it up?

Yes, The Guardian made £800,000 this year, which is a two-bedroom flat in London! But that's actually really good news because they were losing millions for years. Can they keep it up? Absolutely! Because most of their revenue is now from digital and it is from readers without a paywall. So, congratulations Katharine Viner and team! Who knew you could get good news in journalism?

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