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Presenter and moderator Justin Webb: “Obama’s control freaks freeze out the media”

Justin WebbJustin Webb, an expert on US politics,  recently discussed in the Times that the daily White House briefing could end as President Obama keeps a tight grip on his image.

Justin argues that the White House briefing exists because “openness and transparency should be the hallmark of a modern democracy and that folks should be able to ask straight questions and have them answered in public.” However, Justin explains that trouble exists in the fact that people get replies, rather than answers, to the briefing. He goes on to say that “Americans know the president through social media and the man you know is the man they want you to know.”

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Top moderator Justin Webb on the age of information (saturation)

Justin WebbWriting for The Times, Justin Webb, one of the BBC’s leading broadcasters and moderators, discusses how Americans “no longer want to listen to the other guy’s view” in the age of information.

Using recent protests surrounding commencement speeches as an example (95 protests against planned speeches have taken place on US campuses since 2009, resulting in 39 withdrawals), Justin argues that there seems to be a closing of the mind in America. “The internet was supposed to open people’s minds”, he notes, “yet it’s having exactly the opposite effect.”

Justin believes that this is because “Americans have become attuned to assimilating information via web sites. In other words they find what they want to find when they want to find it and are shocked, even repelled, when some contrary piece of knowledge is directed at them and — horror of horrors — they have to sit quietly and listen to it.”

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10 things I learnt from Chartwell’s Breakfast Discussion on the future of America

Following yesterday’s Breakfast Discussion on the future of America with Sir Nigel Sheinwald and Justin Webb, here is a link to the 10 things I learnt from the event.

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A big thank you to Sir Nigel Sheinwald and Justin Webb …

… for a fascinating discussion on the future of America at the Royal Automobile Club this morning. Both on brilliant form. Discussion points included: can the Republican Party find traction with tomorrow’s America, what cards does President Obama have to play as he tries to negotiate a deal to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’, will energy self-sufficiency end America’s interest in the Middle East and do US blue collar workers still believe in the American dream?


Sir Nigel Sheinwald and Justin Webb: Speakers on the future of America

Looking forward to Chartwell’s next breakfast discussion at the Royal Automobile Club. Focusing on the future of America, we ask: “What does President Barack’s re-election as US President mean for the US, and the world?”

Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG is one of the UK’s most experienced diplomats. He was British Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2012 and previously Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor. Sir Nigel will be in conversation with Justin Webb, the Today Programme the BBC’s North America Editor, Justin Webb lived in Washington DC from 2001 until 2009. Sir Nigel and Justin will share their expert insights and analysis of the election result and its consequences.

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Justin Webb gets rave reviews speaking on the US Presidential Elections

Justin Webb, anchor of the Today Programme and former BBC North America Editor (2001-2009), went down a storm this morning as he spoke on the ever tightening race for the White House. Justin remains one of the UK’s most authoritative voices on US politics. His book, Notes on Them and Us, in which he charts the history of the UK-US relationship, was published in 2012 and has received rave reviews. You can catch him at Chartwell’s upcoming Breakfast Discussion at the RAC on November 14th, where he’ll be in conversation with Sir Nigel Sheinwald, UK Ambassador to the US from 2007 to 2012.

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