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A Conversation with Ari Melber: The Fourth Estate and Three Branches: A Balancing Act
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Forum on History and the Public Good
Ari Melber, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Sat, October 19th, 2019 |
9:30 am to 11:00 am
(Members $38)


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

Since the Zenger trial in 1735, a free press has been an essential counterweight to American government, keeping elected officials accountable for their actions. But what happens when the balance of power begins to shift? To what extent can the executive branch influence the press in support of an administration's agenda? Do such actions have historical roots? How have Congress and the courts interacted with other branches and with the press in the past, and how, if at all, have these interactions changed in recent years? Ari Melber, in conversation with Akhil Reed Amar, examines how America’s press has covered and is continuing to cover America’s presidency, congress, and judiciary.

Ari Melber is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, writer, and attorney. He is anchor of The Beat with Ari Melber, weeknights at 6 pm ET, and chief legal correspondent, MSNBC. Akhil Reed Amar (moderator) is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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