National Press Club

Kalb Report: “Truth Be Told: Journalism in the Age of Trump” Oct. 1

September 18, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Legendary journalist Ted Koppel, and media correspondents Brian Stelter of CNN, David Folkenflik of NPR/WBUR and Emily Rooney of WGBH Television in Boston join moderator Marvin Kalb for a conversation on the roles and responsibilities of the press in covering a White House that consistently attempts to undermine its legitimacy.

The program begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the National Press Club’s ballroom. The audience should be seated 15 minutes ahead of time. Admission is free but seating is limited. Club members can register at the front desk or online here.

From the introduction of so-called “alternative facts” to charges of “fake news,” the Trump administration has engaged in a relentless assault on the press. Journalists have responded with their own relentless coverage of an administration brimming with controversy and leaks.

How should the news media act in this unprecedented attack on its role as government watchdog? Is there a line between reporting the news and being the news? Are journalists "raising the bar” in the quality of their reporting or further blurring the lines between fact, speculation and opinion?

“The pressures on the press are huge,” Kalb said.

The program launches the 25th season of The Kalb Report, which began in September, 1994. It is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.