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Political Reporting

60 Years in Journalism: Thoughts on Covering Politics

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.14.2017 | Media
Irv Chapman

Every four years, as the snow flies, politicians who would be President come storming into caucuses, with reporters in their wake. And it can be hard work. Covering nominating conventions entailed four long concentrated days.

Better Evidence Needed to Accuse Ben Carson of Fabrication

David de Sola | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
David de Sola

Unless similarly solid historical evidence emerges in the form of records or on the record eyewitness accounts, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for anybody to credibly challenge the veracity of Dr. Carson's biography.

Feelin' the Bern: Why Hillary Really Didn't Win That Debate

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The pundits went coo-coo for Clinton after the first Democratic debate. But the public, according to lots of data, "felt the Bern," to borrow a catch phrase from Sanders supporters.

RNC Primary Rules That Haven't Yet Taken Effect Have Failed: Report

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

The New York Times over the weekend reported some bad news for the Republican Party, pertaining to the effort party elites have made to re-engineer a ...

Time to Kill the Term "Officer-Involved Shooting"

Craig Martin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Media
Craig Martin

This term serves to utterly obscure the role of the police officer, his or centrality to the incident, and indeed who is doing the shooting at all.

The Anonymous Informer

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

A number of readers have written asking if I would explain how the reader should deal with information the reader has received that the reader wants to share with the outside world but is prohibited from doing so for a variety of reasons.

Media Fail: 64% Of Republicans Are Not Birthers

The Daily Beast | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Today was a big case of fail from our media. The bogus story? A claim that 64% of Republicans believe President Obama was born outside the United Stat...

A Legitimate Case for the Teddy White Rule

Al Eisele | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

A cardinal rule no political reporters should ever forget: always expect that unexpected and unpredictable events will happen that will turn the course of history.

Dan Froomkin

When Candidates Lie, What's A Political Reporter To Do? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.30.2011 | Media

Political reporters are notoriously unwilling to call even the most outrageous, intentionally deceptive untruths what they are: lies. But Mitt Romn...

The Real Dirt on Gavin Newsom's Visit to Half Moon Bay: From Someone Who Was Actually There

Wendy Andary | Posted 12.12.2011 | San Francisco
Wendy Andary

The bottom line is this: the articles proclaiming "Gavin Newsom Draws Boos by Attacking Democrats" are flat out wrong and misleading.

Why Do Some Local TV Stations Have Political Beat Reporters When Most Don't?

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you watch local TV news in different cities around the country, and I'm not suggesting you do so, you see that a small number of stations have political beat reporters, but most do not.

Jason Linkins

Flashback: In 2012 Campaign Reporting, Watch For The 'Sweet n' Blow' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here at the Speculatron, we shall from time to time warn you about particularly odious forms of campaign journalism that will utterly ravage your mind...

An Interview with 9News' Adam Schrager

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I thought Schager's many admirers would like to know more about why he's leaving and his reflections about journalism and his job here as he departs.

Political Reporters Absent For Nikki Haley, Rand Paul Races

Politics Daily | Walter Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What we are witnessing in this election cycle is the slow death of traditional statewide campaign journalism. I noticed the same pattern (and the same...

Journalists Spin for Republicans on the New "60-Vote" Senate Regime

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The "60 vote" threshold is an artificial obstructionist creation of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the Senate Republicans.

Press Corps Get Dem Convention Preview

Colorado Confidential | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Colorado Confidential

An estimated 400 journalists arrived at Denver's Pepsi Center on Tuesday for a test run through the site of next year's Democratic National Convention.