The panel will consider whether mainstream news reporting promotes war, and if so why. According to Bette Dam the media should hit pause, stop using biased sources, and urgently reconsider the way they work. She will bring to the table her research from Afghanistan and other war-on-terror conflicts which she initially presented  in her November 2019 TEDxAmsterdam talk. She will be joined on the panel by Jessica Donati, who worked with her in Kabul (she now covers the State Department for the WSJ), and Declan Walsh, who worked in both Kabul and Islamabad (he now covers Egypt and Yemen for the NYT).