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  July 15, 2016

What Do We Mean By "Real" News?


TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discusses the story behind the name
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biography

Paul Jay, is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to TRNN, Jay was for ten seasons the creator and Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's flagship debate programs, CounterSpin and FaceOff.

Jay has produced and directed more than 20 major documentary films including "Return to Kandahar", "Lost in Las Vegas" and "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows", a feature length documentary, that was screened in 25 major festivals and won more than a dozen awards. It's been called "one of the most acclaimed Canadian films in years" (Eye Magazine), "A tale as bizarre as Kafka and as tragic as Shakespeare" (Ottawa Citizen) and "one of the best films of 1998" (Peter Plagens, art critic for Newsweek).

A past chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Jay is the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.


transcript

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Well, a lot of people think when we use the term 'real news' we're mostly trying to accuse mainstream or corporate news as being fake news. And while, sure, that's sort of part of the meaning it really wasn't the main reason for doing it. The main idea behind it is that there is a real world. There's an objective world. And it can be known. It can't be known in any absolute way. Our knowledge is always approximate based on the stage of human development, what's possible to know at any given time, and of course our own ability to grapple with facts and get to know it. But there is an it. There's a real thing there. It's not just a matter of opinion, what the world is. It's not a matter of opinion whether there's chronic poverty or not, or a matter of opinion whether the world is deteriorating economically for most people while a handful of people are getting very, very rich, richer than perhaps any elite ever has in the history of humanity.

Well, it's not a matter of opinion. Those things are real. So when we said real news, that was really the most important part of its meaning.

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