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Blending his experiences as a veteran reporter with analysis of the erosion of trust between the press and the government during the past 40 years, in Free the Press, renowned journalist Brian J. Karem gives readers a unique perspective on the challenges facing journalism while asking the question, "How did we get here?" And perhaps more importantly, "How do we fix it?”
Since the Vietnam War, each and every president has overseen the withering of relations between the Executive Branch and the so-called Fourth Estate. Politicians are not solely to blame, however. Corporate media has us following the news of the day for clicks and views rather than pursuing long term stories of impact. Reporters have ceased to frame the narrative and failed to co-opt social media contributions until it was too late. Placed alongside a firsthand view of Karem's own experience as a reporter and manager in television, print, and the online media industry, readers will come away with a deeper understanding of journalism, and what happened to it, at the national and local level.
Brian J. Karem is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and recognized defender of the First Amendment. Karem currently serves as the senior White House correspondent for Playboy. He is also the host of Just Ask the Question, a podcast featuring conversations with informed individuals about politics, current events and pop culture. He is a frequent guest on CNN, and his work as an investigative journalist includes America’s Most Wanted (producer and correspondent); People magazine; Fox News; NBC News; and the Courier-Journal, among others. Karem is a member of the White House Press Corps Association and the National Press Club and serves as immediate past president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C Press Association.
Zachary Karem is a Los Angeles-based writer, director and executive producer of Just Ask the Question, a weekly podcast that covers politics and pop culture, featuring prominent politicians, journalists, scientists, thought leaders and celebrities like Ron Perlman, Dr. Timothy Snyder, Baratunde Thurston, and late actor and producer Carl Reiner. Zachary is a published author, political satirist, and is also the writer and co-creator of a science fiction short film that is currently in post-production. When he's not bleeding brilliance onto his computer screen, Zachary is enjoying traveling, skydiving and a good Kentucky bourbon.