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Media in the spotlight as election day creeps closer

With less than a week to go until polling day, US media outlets are braced for a challenge
Media in the spotlight as election day creeps closer
  • The 2020 US presidential election is set to be one of the most tumultuous ever and the media has a big role to play
  • How are Facebook and Twitter coping with the pressures of a difficult election day?

Sacha Baron Cohen picked a strategic moment to release his viciously political follow-up to 2006 mockumentary, Borat. With just over a week to go until the 2020 presidential election and Americans already heading to the polls, the movie-maker has laid his cards firmly on the table. Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Republican attorney Rudy Giuliani – who are all ridiculed in the film – are unimpressed. Film reviewers and political commentators on the left are writing gleeful copy. 

The fallout from the Borat release is testament to the media’s ability to evoke strong emotions in politics. That has perhaps never been more true than in the 21st century, when regulation has failed to keep up with technological innovation. Social media gives everyone an uncensored platform for spouting political opinion. 

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