Two weeks ago I wrote an essay in The New York Times arguing that horse-race coverage is bad because journalists don't understand how campaigns work.
Over the last decade, almost entirely out of view, campaigns have modernized their techniques in such a way that nearly every member of the political press now lacks the specialized expertise to interpret what’s going on. Campaign professionals have developed a new conceptual framework for understanding what moves votes. It’s as if restaurant critics remained oblivious to a generation’s worth of new chefs’ tools and techniques and persisted in describing every dish that came out of the kitchen as either “grilled” or “broiled.”
Today I proffered a solution: journalists should work on campaigns.
We need working reporters who have spent time inside a field office and have the comfort with the street-level politics that an engaged activist would develop after a few months of regular volunteer shifts on a modern campaign.
Both Rubio and Jeb Are Running for Another Bush Term They are George W. Bush Republicans in every conventional sense.
Peeple, the “Yelp for People,” Disappears From Social Media—but Its Founders Promise It’s Still Coming
A Chicago Man Bought a Dilapidated South Side Bank for $1 and Turned It Into a Gorgeous Cultural Center
A Biden Presidency Would Be Grim News for Feminism He’s more “likeable” than Hillary. His record on women’s issues is not.
The “How Do You Punish This Company?” Bonus Segment Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss reprimanding Volkswagen for ethical misconduct.