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Journalist Bill Plante To Give Talk at La Casona


By Rob Lerner

Misinformation, disinformation, Fake News! Social media has disrupted traditional news media and in turn has been discredited for its lack of reliability and authenticity. What to believe? Who you gonna turn to?

Try veteran journalist and senior CBS correspondent Bill Plante. Early in his career, Plante covered the voting rights marches in Alabama. He served several tours of duty covering the Vietnam War, including the fall of Saigon. Plante anchored CBS Sunday Night News from 1988 to 1995. He served as White House correspondent during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and has covered every presidential campaign since 1968. Maybe he hasn’t seen it all, but he’s sure seen a lot!

Plante observes that the torrent of criticism aimed at reporters and their media by the president and his White House staff may seem to be without precedent, but it is only the latest in a long history of executive grievances against the press. Even 242 years after the Declaration of Independence and 227 years after ratification of the Bill of Rights, tensions remain over the nature and limits of free speech. This talk looks at presidential discomfort with press coverage from the US’s founding to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the danger posed by current attacks on speech.

i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire is pleased to present Bill Plante, Friday, June 15 at  5pm at La Casona Conference Center (on Salida Celaya, across from Luna de Queso). Come get a fresh perspective on the news media, partisan politics, and answers to your questions from a veteran news media pro.

Advance tickets 250 pesos online at or at the Biblioteca Tienda de Tesoros. Tickets 300 pesos at the door. Reception with light refreshment to follow the presentation.



i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire presents

“How We Got to Now: Understanding Today’s Political Landscape”

By Bill Plante, veteran CBS News correspondent

Fri, Jun 15, 5pm

La Casona Conference Center

Salida Celaya 77

250 pesos advance tickets

300 pesos at the door

Online at or Biblioteca Tienda



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