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Meghan Markle criticizes the "toxicity" she is faced with in the media


The Duchess of Sussex condemned "brutal" journalism in a new video interview today and stressed the importance of reporting through a "compassionate and sensitive lens" – and at the same time what she and Prince Harry call "toxicity" in the world "Economy" denote criticizing for attention. & # 39;

Meghan Markle, 38, was the closing event for The 19th * representing the 2020 Virtual Summit this week and sat down for a one-on-one virtual interview with Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th *.

However, the former Suits star also commented on the state of journalism, sharing how her "personal experiences in recent years" have changed her view of the media, noting that both she and Prince Harry believe so too the case is much emphasis based on "conspicuous" details.

Interview: The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex attended a virtual summit today where she interviewed Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th *

During the Q&A, Meghan discussed how much influence these media can have – and that much of that influence can come from a single person or place.

“What has been so fascinating in recent years, at least from my point of view and my personal experience, is the headline Just the headline, just the clickbait, makes a mark, ”she said.

“It's part of how we see the world, how we interact with other people.

"There is so much toxicity in what is referred to as 'my husband' and I often talk about bringing it to the attention of the economy," she continued. “That is what can be monetized right now.

“So if you are just trying to get someone's attention, you are trying to do something conspicuous about what is true.

“And I think once we can go back to the place where what you create is so important, where people are just telling the truth in their coverage and telling it through a compassionate and empathetic lens, it will help to bind people.

"It will build a community in a way that I think we feel a lot more of right now than a separation in a room that could be another connection."

Clickbait: Meghan discussed how clickbait headlines make an impact, calling on news organizations that print what is "violent versus true".

Clickbait: Meghan discussed how clickbait headlines make an impact, calling on news organizations that print what is "violent versus true".

"You want to have confidence in journalism and you want to have confidence in what you read and hope that it is a fact," she said

She hopes The 19th *, which describes itself as "nonprofit, impartial reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and politics," will lead the way in the type of reporting she wants to see.

“People long for change,” she said. “I think wherever we are now people are starting to question the systems we have always believed in, where we get our information from.

“I think you want to have confidence in journalism and you want to have confidence in what you read and hope that it is a fact.

"We have unfortunately been so comfortable with the idea that we just get all this stuff and it becomes noise as opposed to truth and exact journalism. I think if this can be the reset catalyst for other news organizations." Gosh, it's going to change the game so much. & # 39;

On the subject of media influence, Meghan said she recently read an article about suffragettes and how the term was originally coined by a man in 1906 to belittle the women involved.

“What fascinates me so much is that it was before digital media, before online space, before things could travel around the world with fast fire. And the American women who started the suffrage movement didn't want to be called suffragettes. & # 39;

"We were unfortunately so comfortable with the idea that we just get all this stuff and it becomes noise as opposed to truth and exact journalism," she said

But the term, she said, stuck.

“When you look at that, and when you look at it through that lens of the power of a person's influence in the media, to be able to shape an entire movement or mindset or an ideology or an identification, when women have their voice as well heard how different it would have been, ”she said.

What stuck with her about the article was "the ability to influence, and if only it comes from a patriarchal lens, how that shapes everything we see."

For example, I look at my husband. He could never choose … The right to vote is not a privilege, it is a right in and of itself

Meghan – who also announced yesterday that she had spoken to feminist icon Gloria Steinem – spoke briefly in the interview about the upcoming US presidential election and said that "Votes are so incredibly important" and "that's something I really care about I am passionate ".

“I think it is often a challenge for men and women to remember how difficult it was to get the right to vote. And really be aware that this cannot be taken for granted, ”she said.

“For example, I look at my husband. He could never choose. And I think it's so interesting to say the right to vote is not a privilege, it is a right in and of itself.

She added that women's votes are needed now more than ever and the best way to do that is by voting. & # 39;

“There is still so much to be done, we are thinking about the suffrage law, and as even at this point I had this conversation just yesterday, it seems like we are making so much progress and yet there is so much more to admit to do. & # 39;

Royal: She stressed the importance of not taking the vote for granted and pointed out that her husband could never vote

Royal: She stressed the importance of not taking the vote for granted and pointed out that her husband could never vote

"I think seeing the changes that are being made is really something I look forward to being a part of," she said

The Duchess also spent a few moments talking to her husband and son about their recent move to the United States and how "devastating" it was to come home at a time of so much social unrest.

“I would come back after being gone so long that I haven't lived in the States in 10 years. I lived in Canada for seven years to work. So it's a very long time to get here, ”she said.

“To come back and just see the state of play I think at the beginning, if I'm honest, it was just devastating. It was just sad to see where our country was at that moment.

I look forward to … using my voice in ways I haven't been able to lately

“If there was a silver lining in the weeks after George Floyd's murder, in the peaceful protests that we see, in the voices that came out, in the way people actually possessed their roles and recognized their roles, they Playing either actively or passively in discriminating against other people, especially the black community – it has gone from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration because I can see the tide turning.

"I think for so many of us it's very easy to focus on the negativity because that's what you hear out there … Unfortunately, the loudest voices are often the negative ones," she said.

“I think it's not new from my point of view to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly subconscious bias, but I think the changes that are being made are really something I'm looking forward to, part of and about being part of using my voice in ways that I haven't been able to lately.

"Well, yes, it's nice to be home," she said.

Meghan currently lives in Los Angeles with Prince Harry and their 15-month-old son Archie

Meghan currently lives in Los Angeles with Prince Harry and their 15-month-old son Archie

Last week, the Duchess, who lives in Los Angeles with Prince Harry and her 15-month-old son Archie, discussed the upcoming interview in a statement to Glamor.

"The 19th * 's commitment to reporting and storytelling, which raises those who are too often underrepresented in the media, has never been more important," she said.

"I look forward to asking the co-founder what it means to build a media company whose core is gender equality, diversity and community."

Ramshaw said the Duchess reached out to the organization after learning of their work.

"She (Meghan) told us that our vision for The 19th * – building a really diverse and representative newsroom that covers women in nuances – spoke to her immediately."

Ramshaw admitted that the idea of ​​being interviewed by Meghan is "surreal".

The 19th *, which was only started two weeks ago, describes itself as a "non-profit, impartial newsroom at the interface of gender, politics and politics".

Streaming: She's only made a handful of virtual appearances since moving to LA and held a virtual roundtable discussion with young Commonwealth executives in July with Prince Harry (pictured)

Streaming: She's only made a handful of virtual appearances since moving to LA and held a virtual roundtable discussion with young Commonwealth executives in July with Prince Harry (pictured)

Pictured: Meghan's address to young women around the world for the UN's Girl Up initiative

Pictured: Meghan's address to young women around the world for the UN's Girl Up initiative

The website states: "We want women – especially those underserved by American media and underrepresented in the American media – to have the information, the community and the tools they need to become equal participants in our democracy be."

The entire 19th * summit, held during the week, consisted of an impressive cast, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harries, Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Meryl Streep.

Today's interview was Meghan's second appearance at a virtual summit in the past few weeks after speaking to young women around the world for the UN's Girl Up initiative last month.

In the months since moving to Los Angeles when the lockdown began, the Duchess of Sussex has only made a handful of virtual appearances.

Immediately after the death of the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, Meghan gave a speech on racial equality and justice to the senior class of her former high school.

She also joined Prince Harry for a virtual roundtable discussion with young Commonwealth leaders.

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