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The truth is dead. Can politics survive?

Armando and Anoosh speak to journalist James Ball and political campaigner Mae Dobbs to explore the impact of misinformation and disinformation, and also meet a former BBC executive, Pat Younge, to discuss how the broadcaster could do more to tackle a culture of lying among politicians.


Mae Dobbs is a digital campaign strategist who worked on the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and Anas Sarwar's campaign for the Scottish Labour leadership.

James Ball is the author of Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World, and The Other Pandemic, exploring the impact of the Qanon conspiracy theory.

Pat Younge is a broadcast executive with over 30 years experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, among others.


This episode was originally published in the New Statesman podcast feed on Nov 25, 2022.

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