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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:42 PM

Is Media Coverage of the 2020 Campaign Repeating the Old Mistakes?

Is Media Coverage of the 2020 Campaign Repeating the Old Mistakes?
Paul Waldman
February 10, 2019
Coverage of the 2016 election was an epic media failure. Will 2020 be any better?


The race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is officially on. And it's already not going well.

I don't mean that as a knock on the candidates, who are an impressive (and large!) collection of officeholders. I'm talking about the way the media cover the race. And heaven help us, they seem to have learned nothing from what happened in 2016.

Or any year before that, for that matter. All this has me thinking back to the aftermath of the 1988 election, when news organizations decided that they had been manipulated into focusing the discussion on things like Willie Horton instead of more substantive issues. They held panel discussions and wrote essays about what had gone wrong in their coverage, and promised to do better. One of the results was the creation of the "ad watch," in which candidates' TV ads would be dissected to judge if they were accurate and fair. Reporters and editors promised that next time they'd focus less on the horse race and more on what the election would actually mean for Americans' lives.

Ad watches proliferated in 1992, but eventually became less common. Later on we saw the creation of projects like Politifact and factcheck.org, along with many fact-checkers employed by newspapers, in an attempt to not only correct the record when politicians lie but provide a disincentive to dishonesty. But as a whole, news coverage didn't change all that much: It was still poll-driven, centered on the horse race, and consumed with trivia. "What kind of president would this candidate be?" was a far less important question than "How will this latest gaffe play with voters?"

And it still is, despite what any sane person understands was a gigantic media failure in 2016. Faced with a candidate who was more blatantly dishonest than any politician in American history (he'd go on to make 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years in office), had zero relevant experience or understanding of government, had obvious disturbing ties to a foreign adversary, and was quite possibly the most corrupt major business figure in the country, they decided that the topic that required limitless journalist resources, column inches, and air time was the question of Ö whether Hillary Clinton used the wrong email account.


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https://prospect.org/article/media-coverage-2020-campaign-repeating-old-mistakes

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babylonsister Monday OP
manor321 Monday #1
PeeJ52 Monday #2
Wounded Bear Monday #3
thegoose Monday #4
world wide wally Monday #5
guillaumeb Monday #6
justhanginon Monday #7
2naSalit Monday #8
a kennedy Monday #9

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:46 PM

1. Media will not change. It hasn't changed for 30+ years

The media only exists to sell advertisements. Their current behavior is what they WANT to do because it brings in an audience.

The one and only thing we can do to influence them is boycotts. Nothing else will work.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:46 PM

2. Whoever Corporate America Wants, Corporate America Gets...

We will have no choice. They will destroy every one else.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:47 PM

3. The media problem is endemic...

and likely unfixable.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:53 PM

4. Worse

They talk about Dem weakness while saying, "ooh, ohh! Can Dump enlarge his base?"

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:56 PM

5. Same old shit

Meet the new shit...
Same as the old shit

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:14 PM

6. This is deliberate.

The US corporate, conservative media is always on the side of the GOP.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:47 PM

7. The media and its owners were not manipulated with Willie Horton,

they loved the gaffes over policy and they were not mistaken with their emphasis on Hillary's emails. It was a deliberate and probably concerted effort by the major players to place a candidate in office that they could control at will. They succeeded. The results will unfortunately live with our country for a long, long time to come while they count their filthy money.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:50 PM

8. So Far They Are.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:25 PM

9. I'm actually done watching all the daytime political talking head shows......

I CANíT TAKE THE BS. Iíll watch Rachel, and may-be Lawrence.......but all the rest of it, Iím done.

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