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On the Media: Seeing Is Believing

With Roe v Wade under threat, some politicians and media outlets are trying to turn the national conversation away from abortion and toward civility. On this week’s On the Media, how the GOP has mastered the art of setting the narrative. Plus, how moral panics surrounding dangerous TikTok trends follow a century-old pattern of blaming new technology for the deviant behavior of teenagers.

1. Paul Waldman [@paulwaldman1], opinion writer for the Washington Post, on Republicans decrying the draft opinion leak and protests to motivate their base ahead of the midterms. Listen.

2. Micah Loewinger [@MicahLoewinger], OTM correspondent, on alarmist news coverage of TikTok challenges and its misleading influence on panicked parents. Listen.

3. Brandy Zadrozny [@BrandyZadrozny], senior reporter for NBC News, on the story of Tiffany Dover, and how misinformation about her death fueled anti-vax messaging. Listen.

Music:

Fallen Leaves by Marcos Ciscar
The Camping Store by Clive Carroll and John Renbourn
Coffee Cold by Galt MacDermot
Middlesex Times by Michael Andrews 

Download audio: https://chrt.fm/track/53A61E/pdst.fm/e/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/otm/otm051322_cms1207504_pod.mp3?awCollectionId=398&awEpisodeId=1207504

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