Yearly Archives: 2020

Biden’s press secretary needs to throw open the windows of the White House

After four years of con games, cover-ups, conspiracy theories and contradictions, the next president of the United States needs to restore the nation’s trust in his office – and the only way to do that is with radical transparency.

Namby-pamby political journalism isn’t going to reach the truth-deniers

More than 73 million people voted for Trump in the presidential election, suggesting that the strain of overt fact-rejection nurtured by the right wing is still very much with us -- and unlikely to succumb any time soon to more journalistic business-as-usual.

Hey political reporters – get lost!

Political reporters are the worst people in the world to be setting the tone for a new presidency at a time of unparalleled challenges because they love writing about gamesmanship and hate writing about policy.

The biggest story of our time requires an army of journalists to tell

It’s no longer enough for journalists to simply do a better job. We’ve got to take on some new jobs.

Journalists need to be ready with prebuttals to Trump’s election-stealing mayhem

Get Republican and Democratic election officials – particularly in swing states -- on the record that there is nothing risky or dangerous about counting every legally submitted ballot, even if it takes a few days.

How the New York Times suckers itself into publishing Republican propaganda

The Times has been caught, once again, passing off Republican operatives as “regular” Republican voters in an article intended to show how effectively Trump is maintaining his support.

If Biden wins, political journalists have a lot of catching up to do

In a post-Trump world, the press needs to immediately start holding the president to the highest possible standards of transparency, logic, and clarity.

Dueling town halls finally lead some reporters to address the extreme disequilibrium between Trump and Biden

Just as I was despairing over how campaign coverage suppresses the cataclysmic consequences of a Trump presidency, a small step forward: Our top political reporters were faced on deadline with the obvious, extreme contrast between the two choices.

In the final stretch, political journalists should flood the zone with the truth

Every report that even vaguely relates to the campaign should be firmly set in the context that this is not just a normal election between two people with opposing views; it’s a referendum on competence and democracy and unity and sanity.

Sometimes the stonewall is an answer

At this point it couldn't be more clear: Donald Trump recklessly and corruptly violated debate commission rules by not getting tested for COVID-19 shortly before the Sept. 29 debate in Cleveland.

The first thing you need to know about the debate is that Pence shouldn’t even be there

Reporters covering the debate shouldn't gloss over the personal irresponsibility Pence is exhibiting simply by being out of his house. He is modeling behavior that could kill tens of thousands of Americans.

What is the White House hiding the hardest? That’s where to push.

When was Trump's last negative test? Why no contact tracing? When did he get his Regeneron cocktail? Trump’s team is fighting to obscure these facts -- presumably because they would depict his astonishing lack of personal responsibility with even more resonance than usual.

Don’t forget for a minute this was his own damn fault

It’s not gloating for political reporters to regularly point out that this could have been avoided if Trump had taken the obvious and proper precautions that he petulantly and ignorantly chose not to.

Trump wasn’t just telling his people what to do, he was showing them how to do it

Looking at Trump's message and delivery together, it's clear he was telling his base to be prepared to fight – and to break the rules.

Beware the debate coverage

Sports-style debate coverage fundamentally equates the two candidates. It suggests that they are playing the same game, when they are playing entirely different games. It casts them as competing on an even playing field, when they are nor playing by remotely the same rules.