DE-ES­CA­LATE ‘HOS­TIL­I­TIES’

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They are fo­cused on this: “De-es­ca­lat­ing the in­creas­ing hos­til­i­ties be­tween the press and the peo­ple they cover.” That would be the Na­tional Press Club’s non­profit Jour­nal­ism In­sti­tute, which has called open meet­ing this week in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal to ad­dress the touchy is­sue.

“Af­ter a year of vi­o­lent words and some­times vi­o­lent acts, we be­lieve the time has come to talk with each other —in­stead of at each other — about how we can all do a bet­ter job for the democ­racy we serve,” says the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has sent out the call to jour­nal­ists, news­room man­agers, press sec­re­taries, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tors and se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, among oth­ers.

Among those al­ready con­firmed to at­tend: Bren­dan Buch, coun­selor to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, for­mer White House press sec­re­tary Mike McCurry, Bloomberg re­porter Billy House, and Carolyn Lukens­meyer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Civil Dis­course.

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