In an age of alternative facts, it’s up to leaks and public outcry to hold the executive branch accountable.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Ben Pauker, Rosa Brooks, and Kori Schake discuss the importance of checks and balances, both formal and informal, within the current U.S. government. With a new leak springing up almost daily from inside the White House, are checks and balances still effective? Or has the apparent “war on truth” fatally undermined public discourse?
The group reacts to Rosa’s FP column, and the Breitbart article that followed, which paid little heed to facts. And this trend, with the Trump administration’s encouragement, is responsible for the widening divide between truth and lies, The E.R. team argues.
Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. She is the author of the newly released book “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.” Follow her on Twitter at: @brooks_rosa.
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