On Sunday, 4 February, a selection of the A-Level Politics class went to listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, James Ball discussing ‘The Post-Truth President: What Donald Did Next’ at the Corn Exchange. The talk looked into how Donald Trump the campaigner defied political gravity and confounded both the political establishment and the media. James highlighted Trump's belligerent approach, and willingness to ignore niceties such as truth or accuracy, as he made his way to the Oval Office. James Ball, is the author of 3 books, his most recent “Post-Truth: How Bullsh*t Conquered the World” looks at the first year of the Trump presidency, how Trump’s relationship with truth has evolved and the 'logic' behind the Trump approach to fake-news and misinformation.
James has worked at Wikileaks, the BBC and at the Guardian USA, where he played a key part in the coverage of the Edward Snowden leaks of US intelligence, the reporting of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At the Guardian he has worked on a number of high-profile stories, including the Guantanamo Files, Reading the Riots - which picked up multiple awards - Offshore Secrets, and the campaign against the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer. Prior to joining the Guardian, he worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and was part of the team behind iraqwarlogs.com, which won the Amnesty International Digital Journalism award in 2011. His wealth of background knowledge ensured the talk was very interesting; the question and answer session gave us the opportunity to hear many people’s opinions regarding Trump and Brexit which we will study later on in the course.