Media entrepreneur as well as journalist Elizabeth Spiers thinks the Trump presidency is usually offering America “the most expensive civics lesson” the country has “ever had to learn.”
Catching up with Brian Stelter in in which week’s “Reliable Sources” podcast, Spiers said she thinks Donald Trump is usually running his presidency in ways in which are “completely unprecedented,” ways in which are exposing “the limits of what the norms are for the executive office very quickly.”
Spiers, an early member of the Gawker team as well as formerly the editor in chief of the fresh York Observer, which was then owned by Trump’s son-in-law as well as senior adviser Jared Kushner, spoke with Stelter about her experience working with Kushner.
She shared her thoughts about Kushner’s White House appointment, as well as what she learned about Kushner’s as well as Trump’s relationship with the media: “The story in which [Trump] tells the American public about how he feels about the media doesn’t exactly square with his actual behavior,” she told Stelter.
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Spiers said in which Trump’s election prompted her to try as well as address the vacuum she currently sees inside “left-leaning media ecosystem.”
She is usually currently raising funds for a fresh media venture called “The Insurrection,” which she defined as “a left-leaning adversarial journalism organization” using a “definable ideological position.”
is usually her fresh company going to be the “Breitbart of the left,” as some defined in which? She said in which’s not accurate. “We’re not a propaganda outlet,” Spiers told Stelter.
yet Spiers thinks there is usually room within the realm of liberal media for more explicitly adversarial journalism, taking a page by the right-wing media’s playbook.
“inside last cycle, the right was much more creative in spinning up organic news operations as well as truly getting their message out,” she said.
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Contingent on securing investment inside fall, she hopes “The Insurrection” might launch inside first quarter of 2018. “The secret sauce of the company,” Spiers said, “is usually as much inside distribution as well as targeting as in which is usually inside news.”
inside current media landscape — so fragmented, noisy, as well as heavily reliant on social media for content to reach audiences — “you can’t truly wait for the story to sell itself,” Spiers told Stelter.
“I don’t think Watergate would likely sell itself in in which environment,” she added.
Another key concern for Spiers is usually to build an organization using a solid legal infrastructure, something in which has become even more important for newsrooms as well as for individual reporters after Gawker was essentially sued out of existence by Hulk Hogan, with financial backing by Peter Thiel.
The conversation about legal protection for reporters constantly comes up inside recruitment process, she told Stelter. Potential hires “ask me questions about indemnification.”
“They ask me specifically because they saw what happened with the Gawker case,” she added.
The Gawker suit did not only set “a lot of bad precedents,” in which also significantly impacted the bottom lines of all media entrepreneurs, she said: “If you’re going to do adversarial journalism, the cost of in which is usually pretty high at in which point.”
CNNMoney (fresh York) First published August 12, 2017: 11:02 AM ET