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The Utterly Moderate podcast: Journalism & Democracy (with Jason Adrians, Lolly Bowean, & Michael Deas) – Tulsa World

American democracy is facing very serious challenges, as we have noted in much of our work (see just a few examples here and here and here). One of the greatest threats is that posed by misinformation and disinformation, as many Americans turn away from credible news and information sources and instead rely on low-quality outlets.
With this in mind, on November 2, 2021, we hosted a panel to discuss the importance of journalism in restoring our democracy. Our panel included:
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Two reasonable social scientists, Dr. Alison Dagnes and Dr. Lawrence Eppard, analyze important topics by clearing away politics, opinions, and ideologies to get to the facts.
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“It’s not like he hasn’t shown these traits before, but to make the death of an actual patriot all about yourself is unforgivable,” writes Jenks resident Brian Rayl.

“There is no reason for TPS to have nine high schools,” writes Tulsa resident James Leath.

“Mary (Queen of Scots) died much quicker than the 21 minutes of vomiting and seizures John Marion Grant suffered during his execution,” writes Tulsa resident Douglas Gronberg.

“The companies who supply these scooters and the city of Tulsa have done nothing to protect pedestrians from tripping over them,” writes Tulsa resident Sandra Tilkin.

This one shows an appalling lack of judgement that ought to concern all member universities, the editorial states. 

“It’s time to replace leaders who don’t know right from wrong with people who represent mainstream America,” writes Tulsa resident Randy Roeber.

“The Army didn’t take a survey, a vote or ask permission. You got vaccinated to protect not only yourself, but your comrades,” Tulsa resident Charles Threadgill writes.

“No use in fighting it, just lean into her old-school ways,” Ginnie Graham says. “I revert to being a kid again, taking orders to do things her way.”

If someone who is being yelled at during a protest feels uncomfortable or fearful, does that make the protest a riot? Is a protest that causes a traffic jam now a riot? That ambiguity is troublesome, the editorial states.

Capital punishment is the greatest power granted to the state and deserves as much openness and information collection as possible, the editorial states.
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