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The Infinite Fringe: The Atomization of Journalism

Thu, February 1, 2024
Dinner Program
Tina Nguyen '11

The dominance of mainstream media giants like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal is on the wane, and even cable networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News are on the decline. On the political right, especially, a proliferation of niche outlets such as Newsmax, OANN, and the Gateway Pundit have fractured the media landscape. Join Tina Nguyen ’11, a national correspondent for Puck, for an exploration of the “infinite fringe”: the media environment she has found on the American right. Tracing her journey from CMC to working for Tucker Carlson at the Daily Caller and then on to Mediaite, Politico, and Vanity Fair’s The Hive, Tina will share insights about reporting from within—and then reporting on—right-wing media.

**This is a "flipped Ath" event, in conjunction with the Open Academy: the reception will be held at 5:30 PM as usual, followed directly by the public presentation at 6:00 PM. Dinner (and conversation!) will follow at 6:45 PM, and then Q&A at 7:30 PM.**


Tina Nguyen ‘11 is a national correspondent for Puck, covering the world of Donald Trump and the American right. Previously, Nguyen was a White House reporter for Politico, a staff reporter for Vanity Fair's The Hive, and an editor at Mediaite. A Brooklyn transplant, Nguyen graduated from Claremont McKenna College and lives in Washington. She is the author, most recently, of The MAGA Diaries: My Surreal Adventures Inside the Right-Wing (And How I Got Out), published this year. While at CMC, she was the news editor for the Claremont Independent, a fellow at the Salvatori Center, and occasional cartoonist/columnist for The Forum.

Ms. Nguyen's talk is part of the Athenaeum's 40th Anniversary Series, which celebrates the achievements of CMC alumni from across the years and invites them to return home to Claremont.

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