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News, Fake News, and Deep Fakes: Stings and Scams in the Age of Trump

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:30am to 11:30am

Boyce Thompson Institute, Auditorium

Changes in the law, technological innovations, and the rise of “citizen journalism” have recently combined to yield “fake news,” as illustrated by the distortion of a recent speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make it seem as if she was  intoxicated or unwell. In an earlier effort, with Michael C. Dorf, we found that the First Amendment, as construed by the Supreme Court, offers scant protection for activist journalists to go undercover to uncover wrongdoing, while providing substantial protection for the spread of falsehoods.[1] By providing activists the means to reach sympathetic slices of the public, the emergence of social media has blurred the lines between journalism and activism, at the expense of purportedly objective and truthful reporting.  Does the coming of the Trump movement and the advent of “deep fakes” pose a risk to the decline of political discourse in America?


[1]  Michael C. Dorf and Sidney Tarrow, “Stings and Scams: Fake News, the First Amendment and the New Activist Journalism,” U. of Pennsylvania Journal of Constituitonal Law 20: 

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