Talk: The Fourth Estate, President Trump & the U.S. Election

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John Nichols, National-Affairs Correspondent, The Nation


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1.30pm


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Große Bleiche 18-20, Mainz


This event will be held in English.

Event held in cooperation with

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Rheinland-Pfalz / Saarland, Regionalbüro Mainz

Target group:

A broader interested audience


Admission is free. The event is wheelchair accessible.


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With the primaries right around the corner, the 2020 U.S. presidential election is picking up speed.

It’s sure to be another exciting election cycle with the Democratic hopefuls ready to receive the Democratic nomination and the question of impeachment still looming. Whatever the outcome of the election, it will have a massive impact on the future of the U.S. and beyond. Additionally, the media will yet again play a crucial role.

With the Trump presidency, the media landscape and politics in general have been transformed significantly. Government policies are now announced on Twitter while popularity is measured by social media presence.

How has the growing relevance of social media impacted the 2020 elections so far and has the role of the fourth estate, i.e. the media, evolved from the 2016 elections?

John Nichols, U.S. journalist and pioneer political blogger, dissects critical issues of modern-day journalism in a time when America’s freedom of the press is in jeopardy.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Mainz.

Picture: "President Trump Departs for Williamsburg" (Public Domain) by The White House


Photo by Robin Holland, Bill Moyers Journal.

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Nichols also hosts Next Left, The Nation‘s podcast featuring interviews with rising progressive politicians who explain how they plan to change our country for the better.

Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues.

He is the author of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America(Nation Books) as well asGenius of Impeachment (New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (New Press); and a best-selling biography of former vice president Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (New Press), which was also published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: “At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift—a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history—that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."


With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It’s the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books), Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books), and their latest, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy (Nation Books, March 2016). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, a media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.”