The Impact of Independent Journalism on News Coverage


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On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss several major global stories and how reporting by independent journalists informs the public beyond what is put forth by mainstream media. The situation in Venezuela, Brexit, and protest movements can take on a different image depending on who is reporting on the story. Guests: Alexander Mercouris - Editor-in-Chief at | The Brexit Party, UK Politics & European Union Elections Ted Rall - Political Cartoonist & Syndicated Columnist | 2020 Presidential Candidates and Foreign Policy Jamarl Thomas - Progressive Political Commentator | Contentious US-China Trade Relations Ford Fischer - Independent Journalist | Events at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC & Covering the News as an Independent Journalist During the first hour of the show, the hosts are joined by Alexander Mercouris, Editor-in-Chief at, for a wide ranging conversation about various foreign policy topics with a focus on Brexit & the politics of the United Kingdom. How has 'The Brexit Party' under the leadership of Nigel Farage gained a great deal of support in recent months, and how are the upcoming European Union elections impacting the political landscape in the UK and around Europe? Despite the important role that foreign policy plays in the direction of the United States, many Presidential candidates tend to spend a limited amount of time discussing these issues. Ted Rall, a Political Cartoonist & Syndicated Columnist, returns to the show to discuss the different foreign policy positions of the Democratic 2020 Presidential candidates, how the progressive vote could be split amongst these candidates, and how the Democratic Establishment will attempt to navigate their upcoming Presidential Primary. Trade disputes between the US and China have contributed to recent market fluctuations and economic uncertainty. Progressive political commentator Jamarl Thomas joins the program to give his take on the US-China trade situation, foreign policy issues involving both Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the issue of increasing online censorship. For the final two segments, Garland and Lee are joined in-studio by Independent Journalist Ford Fischer to talk about his coverage of recent events at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC. Additionally, they will discuss past rallies and protests that Ford has covered along with how he chooses to cover the news as an independent journalist.

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