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Six rules for the media on how to cover the 2020 election

With the entrance of multiple Democrats into the 2020 presidential contest, and with several others either waiting in the wings or still pondering, the nation’s political reporters have a chance to do a better job than they did in 2016. The question is: Will they? Other journalists are offering advice and warnings. Many acknowledge that […]

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How deep are ties between Russia and the GOP?

Recent events have driven home the point that Russian influence in American Republican politics is more prevalent than previously thought. The examples are numerous — and very serious: Donald Trump’s rejection of the conclusion of U.S. intelligence services about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial […]

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Donna Brazile’s 2016 claims are political catnip for media

Donna Brazile, the head of the Democratic National Committee in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign, is making blockbuster charges in her new book that are causing the political media world to gasp. Brazile’s book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, is […]

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Media still don’t get ‘What Happened’ to Hillary Clinton in 2016 election

Judging by the reactions and judgment of many (mostly white and male) members of the media about What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 campaign, the former Democratic nominee is supposed to just fade into oblivion. Instead, Clinton is showing the world what she’s always been: whip-smart, well-spoken, and able to distill politics to […]

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Rise of the younger voter: Millennials’ growing power

New research shows that for the first time, younger voters outvoted their elders in 2016. According to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, millennials and those in Generation X — voters in the 18-35 and 36-51 age ranges — edged out baby boomers and members of the so-called silent and greatest generations in […]

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What the media missed in 2016

It’s not hard to pick out the over-reported stories of 2016: The media obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails and the nonstop coverage of Donald Trump top the list. But what stories got passed over? The staff at billmoyers.com did a roundup of many issues that got ignored. Those issues deserved a closer look and shouldn’t […]

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Even after Trump win, why I still have hope (and it has nothing to do with Jesus)

I’m a church-going Christian, even as some of you reading this likely are not. No matter. This year, my hope going into 2017 has nothing to do with the birth of Christ, often referred to as the hope of the world. No, my hope is that, after being beaten in November, we’ve learned some important […]

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How Trump turned 2016 into George Orwell’s 1984 

No one would ever argue that the election of Donald Trump equals the dystopian result in George Orwell’s 1984. But there sure are a lot of frightening similarities. For those who haven’t read the 1949 book or seen a movie version since high school or college (or if you missed it completely), the story is […]

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The real danger of ‘post-truth’ fake news

A recent incident at a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant shows how the continued lies of Donald Trump and his allies are putting people’s lives in danger. A North Carolina man said he had “read online” about child sex slaves being kept in the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor. Oh, and the whole thing […]

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How should journalism function in the age of Trump?

Our nation’s media are in uncharted territory with President-elect Donald Trump, and they know it. What is the best path forward for them to do their jobs? Media have taken some much-deserved criticism for their failings in covering the election. But a few seasoned journalists are offering some advice, and it seems like some in […]

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