POSTPONED: Chat & Chowder with Richard Stengel | Information Wars
Within days of Stengel joining the State Department in February of 2013, ISIS executed American journalist James Foley in a graphic video seen by tens of millions, and Vladimir Putin’s Russian special forces invaded Crimea. Stengel—the official tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS’s messaging and Russian disinformation— found himself hopelessly outgunned. And he learned firsthand that government is not very good at creating messaging. Ultimately in a democracy, it is not the role of the government to determine what is true information. As Stengel says, “We don’t have a fake news problem, we have a media literacy problem.”
Richard Stengel was the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2013-2016. Before working at the State Department, he was the editor of Time, from 2006-2013. From 1992 to 1994, he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel later wrote Mandela’s Way, a New York Times bestseller, on his experience working with Mandela.
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- 04/28/2020: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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