Jockey Journalism

The complaint about journalism covering elections has been that it’s all about covering the horserace — who’s ahead, who’s coming up fast around the second turn — rather than covering issues or character or records.

Given the monster role spin is playing in the current election — “We thought we were going to lose,” “We’re the underdog,” “My dog ate my ballots” — and how much time journalists give to each campaign’s spinners, election journalism has now sunk one step lower, interviewing the jockeys about the race.

Next we’ll be interviewing the people cleaning out the Augean Stables — but at least then it might be more clear what’s being scooped.

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