Journalists have always had to contend with attempts by advertisers to influence news coverage, but new research suggests the problem is worsening. With news revenues shrinking, advertisers have more financial leverage, while new forms of online advertising blur the lines between marketing and news. As Maha Rafi Atal explains. this is a particular threat to investigations of business, a key form of public interest journalism which needs preserving.
This week, we get to know Sadiq Khan, take a deep dive into Facebook's attempts to combat fake news, and consider the danger of nuclear disaster posed by a US Administration that prefers not to know how government works.
Our roundup is back after a brief hiatus. This week: the censorship rules Facebook uses to police political speech, how climate denial sowed the seeds of post-truth politics, and making sense of Brexit.
As we get ready for Thursday's election, we're reading up on the history of the Daily Mail, what the UK government actually does and how it pays for it, and what those elusive young voters actually want from their representatives. Plus, Brazil's ongoing corruption scandal, and a controversial take on race and class in France.
A bank holiday Monday means a Tuesday roundup of links for the short week. Here's what we've been chewing over at ITLR headquarters: Mitch Landrieu on race and historical memory, Martha Nussbaum on the danger of anger in democratic politics, Tim O'Reilly on the difference between jobs and work, and the Russian crime gang stealing California's almonds, pistachios and walnuts.
Starting this week, In The Long Run is introducing a new feature. Every Monday, we'll highlight the 5 best articles, videos and images about politics and current affairs from across the web. That's one for each day of your working week!
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