Politicization and Polarization? The Influence of Mass Media on American Views and Voting Behavior

Wednesday, September 12, 12:45 pm

Salon Orange, Centre Pierre-Péladeau


In collaboration with the Consulate General of the United States in Montreal and the Chair on the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity (CPPSS), the Raoul-Dandurand Chair is organizing a conference with Elizabeth Fischer Martin, media consultant and former producer of Meet the Press (the longest running news show in America). Ms Fischer Martin will deliver a presentation that discusses issues such as the following:

Do the media create partisan audiences or strengthen existing stances? How significant is the media’s role in creating, sustaining, and/or reinforcing partisan viewpoints on hot-button issues such as gun control, immigration, and health care reform? How do the media’s choices of what to cover and how to cover it affect Americans’ knowledge and understanding of important political and socioeconomic issues? How have social media changed the journalism profession and what is mainstream media doing to maintain influence?

Elizabeth Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is an Executive in Residence at American University's School of Public Affairs and the co-host of Bloomberg Politics' Masters in Politics Podcast. She also founded her own consulting business, Fischer Martin Media, where she specializes in providing media training to corporate executives. During her earlier career in television news, she was the Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, where she was responsible for the development and execution of network political coverage. Before being promoted to the executive role at NBC News in 2013, Fischer Martin was the executive producer of the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, Meet the Press, for 11 years. Overall, her tenure with the program extended over 22 years, beginning as an internship during her senior year of college. She serves on the Board of Directors of Washington’s International Women’s Forum and the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Opening remarks by Frédérick Gagnon, chairholder of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair and closing remarks by Allison Harell, chairholder of the Chair on the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity (CPPSS).

The conference will be in English. Admission is free but registration is mandatory. Places are limited.

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