July 13, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Will Journalists Dignify Trump as the GOP Standard Bearer Rather Than Judge Him as a Person?

    We begin with the furor over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s blunt remarks about Donald Trump that are seen as violating judicial ethics but clearly represent her strong feelings as a citizen and a concerned American.  We will explore the issue of professional ethics versus personal morality further and extend it into the field of journalism where many journalists are just as alarmed at the prospect of a Trump presidency as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But, as the Republican nominee for president, will journalists afford Trump more dignity in his role as the GOP standard bearer and treat him as an equal on the stage with Hillary Clinton, and therefore take him more seriously as a candidate rather than judge him as a person? Gabriel Kahn, a Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism where he heads up the Future of Journalism Project at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, joins us to discuss how journalists can be both objective and fair in their coverage of Trump without having to resort to the binary convention of “balance” and equivalence, whether false or not.

  • Segment 2:

    Nationalist Fervor in China Amid Cries For War

    Then we speak with Scott Kennedy, the deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of “Beyond the Middle Kingdom”. He joins us to discuss the explosion of nationalist fervor in China following the U.N. ruling against China’s activities in the South China Sea which has caused China’s censors to work overtime online to curtail rallying cries for war. We look into the backlash from the Chinese Communist Party’s encouragement of nationalism as a way to legitimize its continuing rule, and how Xi Jinping will manage tensions created by China’s assertion of rights that the U.N. has found to be baseless.

  • Segment 3:

    While People in the Philippines Rejoice, Its New President Has Little to Say

    Then finally we examine the reaction to the U.N. ruling in The Philippines where there appears to be a lot of celebrating although the country’s new and controversial president has had little to nothing to say . Joining us is Gerard Finin, the Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East – West Center in Hawaii where his area of expertise includes public policy, social change, development and urbanization in The Philippines. We will discuss whether this moral victory will translate into any practical gains for The Philippines.