It may also be worth considering also including the scientific research departments in order to create an overall Investigative Branch acting as evidence-based judges of information, verified for use by citizens and the rest of government without partisanship.
I was also thinking about the problem of the power of lobbyists and the former politicians who often become them. Interest groups, social as well as industrial, need money to have a continual presence in order to have a voice heard through the noise. someone in the capital able to negotiate the system and get things done. We could establish a department or office of Lobbying with civil servants similar to public defenders or ombudsmen, separate from the Investigative Branch. Available to all, interests would get a public lobbyist instead of hiring a private one, a buffer between them and the politicians that ensures equality of influence, funding, and potential success. Any other form of lobbying or direct contact between politicians and interests would be prohibited, except through the same official channels available to all citizens.
Just a thought.
Monday November 14, 2016
The uncertain future of journalism and why it mattersListen to Full Episode 53:58
Whether it's radio, television, print or online, anyone who works in journalism can feel the ground shifting under their feet. The business model of news has been radically disrupted by the Internet age, and yet, the mandate of journalism remains the same: to uncover and report the truth and hold power to account. In this month's edition of The Enright Files, Michael Enright explores the mandate of journalism and how to maintain the integrity and craft even while it faces an uncertain future.
Guests in this episode:
- Walter Robinson, former head of the investigative unit at the Boston Globe, which became the subject of the Academy Award-winning film, Spotlight.