Best of 2018: ‘Madison, the Media, and the Mob’ Live at America’s Town Hall

January 03, 2019


Jeffrey Rosen hosts a live conversation at the National Constitution Center with leading journalists—Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic; Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; and Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of the National Review—discussing what James Madison might think of mainstream media today and the effects of social media on modern democracy and politics. The conversation explores everything from Twitter mobs and the threats posed by growing tribalism to Facebook’s proposed “Supreme Court” and the challenges presented by online content regulation.

This event was presented in partnership with The Atlantic magazine and generously sponsored by the John S. Templeton Foundation as part of the NCC’s Madisonian Constitution for All Initiative.




Jeffrey Goldberg is the editor in chief of The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.

Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is senior editor of National Review. His most recent book is The Suicide of The West.

Michelle Goldberg is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. She is the author, most recently, of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Tanaya Tauber and Jackie McDermott. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich.

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