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It’s been a privileged perch, and I am grateful. However, politics has changed – and not for the better – and the impact on journalism is profound.
The mainstream media is a fair target for criticism, but you have to ask yourself this when you dismiss it as a legitimate source of information: Compared to what?
To cut through the dense fog of political rhetoric, I started a glossary of euphemisms, slogans and everyday jargon.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has upset the political dynamic, and that has posed a challenge to editorial page editors across the country.
Calm, substantive argumentation has been overwhelmed by full-on personal attacks from writers of all political persuasions.
If the situation were reversed, Team Clinton would drop its arguments, and Team Trump would pick them up.
Many of Donald Trump’s supporters applaud his communication style, saying it bypasses the mainstream media filter. That’s one way to look at it. Another is that it allows him to duck substantive questions. He hasn’t held a press conference since July.
Think this will be my motto: I’m with the media, so how the hell should I know?
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