'Truth Matters, Facts Matter' At VOA Thursday

Mar 20, 2017

How do you tell the difference between real news, fake news and alternative facts?

That's the agenda  for a Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists panel discussion called "Truth Matters, Facts Matters" Thursday, March 23, at the National Voice of America Museum, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township.

Open to the public, the program starts at 7 p.m. in Clyde Haehnle Hall.  Admission is $10 at the door, with the funds going to support the museum and its programs.

"If you open a dictionary, you're not likely to find the term 'alternate facts.' Yet it's a reality brought forth in the early days of the administration of President Donald Trump," says veteran WCPO-TV reporter Tom McKee, president of the local professional SPJ chapter.

"The term was actually used by a White House official within days of the inauguration  Does that serve the public? Does it damage the First Amendment? How are journalists reacting to it?"

Howard Wilkinson, WVXU-FM politics reporter
Credit WVXU-FM

McKee will moderate the discussion by:

Howard Wilkinson, WVXU-FM politics reporter.

Hagit Limor, University of Cincinnati associate professor of Electronic Media and former TV reporter.

Kevin Aldridge, Enquirer opinion editor.

Anthony Shoemaker, Dayton Daily News and Cox Media Ohio politics reporter.

The Voice of American was formed 75 years ago, in 1942 during World War II, to counter Nazi propaganda in Germany and provide war news to American troops and Allies overseas.  

The National VOA Museum of Broadcasting exhibits include the VOA Bethany station’s old control room; Media Heritage's Cincinnati Museum of Broadcast History; and the Gray History of Wireless antique radios. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association also operates station WC8VOA in the building. 

Credit National VOA Museum of Broadcasting