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New Media Battles Old to Define Internet-Era Politics

By Politics June 15, 2008

The media are constantly on the lookout for the odd moment that might capture some revealing truth about a candidate — and, ideally, create a feeding frenzy that consumes the campaign. ... The problem is, such issues are almost always essentially trivial, having little to do with substantive issues or how a candidate might actually behave once in office. Read more

Spring 2004: Reporting from the Campaign Trail Introduction

By Politics March 15, 2004

In his essay “Only a Lunatic Would Do This Kind of Work,” David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, captures the essence of what motivates political journalists. “They have an ethos,” Shribman writes. “They believe in inquiry. They believe in the value of the pointed question. They believe in catching their prey in an unscripted moment or in a lie. They believe in asking impertinent questions of their social betters. They believe small deviations from a candidate’s basic stump speech have grave implications.” – Melissa Ludtke, Editor Read more