Truth vs Truth - How Russian media handle the doping affair
This report has been written in 2016-17. It analyses events that filled media in 2016 - the year of the Olympic Games in Rio, and the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) sponsored McLaren report confirming Russian State manipulation of the doping control process in relation to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. 2016 was the year that the Oxford Dictionary singled out ’post-truth’ as the Word of the Year. 2016 was also the year that Donald Trump was elected President of the US in a campaign where he continually lambasted journalists and the media, using social media as his platform rather than open press conferences. Unable to get to Trump, newspapers and TV stations tried to nail him by applying judicious fact-checking. But despite finding a multitude of inaccuracies and outright lies in the Trump’s speeches and presentations, traditional media seem to have made little impression on his supporters. They apparently share Trump’s mistrust of the “liberal media”.