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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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Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s 22 months until the next presidential election, and already one potential Democratic female candidate is being trashed while one Republican male who’s not even a candidate is being treated like an elder statesman who might challenge Donald Trump. On the last day of 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth […]

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We don’t need an anonymous op-ed to tell us Trump is nuts

The political world is agog, agape, and aghast about the anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times trashing Donald Trump. The Times essay, described as being written by “a senior official in the Trump administration,” delivers the news of a “resistance” within the White House itself, trying to protect the country from the worst […]

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6 reasons for media’s obsession with Trump voters

Ever since the 2016 presidential campaign and election, some media outlet somewhere in America is publishing, posting, printing, or airing an interview with a Donald Trump supporter. It could be an NPR host calling one of the many Trump voters they must have on speed dial (Googling “NPR Trump voters” gives you story after story […]

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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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Paul Ryan and the right to bare arms (UPDATE)

A business dress code is one thing. Summer weather in Washington, D.C, is another. But apparently House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks he has to right to crack down on women reporters wearing dresses without sleeves. In June, Ryan announced the dress code — the rule is not new, it just hasn’t always been enforced — […]

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How media can hit back on Trump’s ‘alternative facts’

No question: The media love to write about the media. And Donald Trump offers an opportunity for fresh fodder from journalists to give advice to other journalists on how best to do their work when confronting the lies of the Hair Twittler administration. There’s no shortage of “how-to” pieces on media coverage of a President […]

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Hey, media: GOP never had a monopoly on patriotism

Now that both parties have finished the presidential nominating processes at their national political conventions, we can look at both parties’ take-home messages, and they couldn’t be more different. The Republicans warn of the coming of the apocalypse; the Democrats look to work together to make America better. The general impression from reports of the […]

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Clinton email coverage: Media as polarized as electorate

What you choose to believe about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state depends on your politics. And the same goes, it seems, for the nation’s media, especially those in the Beltway. FBI Director James Comey delivered a definitive message that there was no evidence on which to […]

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The ‘presidential’ side of Donald Trump? Don’t make us laugh

Aides to Republican front-runner Donald Trump are now making the case that what we’ve seen from the real estate mogul so far is just an act. The real estate mogul’s top campaign officials met with members of the Republican National Committee to assure them that Trump will tone down in the general election to not […]

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