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Background Briefing

Monday 12:00 am 1:00 am
Monday 8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Tuesday 8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Wednesday 8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism — Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.

“Background Briefing” focuses on national security in the broadest sense going beyond defense and intelligence to encompass the soft power of cultural influence, economic strength and social justice covering everything from healthcare to human rights, the environment to enterprise, sociology to science, the law to labor, immigration to innovation, race to religion, economics to education, transportation to technology.
America has already entered an authoritarian mediascape similar to what Vladimir Putin has perfected. There is no consensus on what is real or true anymore as daily lies issue forth from the White House, echoed and amplified by Fox News and right wing talk radio.
Yet as Apple’s Tim Cook warns, today there are far more powerful and pervasive media tools like Facebook which are being used to divide Americans and manipulate them with fake news.
If we are to save our Democracy, facts must be weaponized to stop the spread of authoritarian fictions.