Some rules for covering the 2004 elections

December 27th, 2003 – 2:35 pm
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Paul Krugman offers some New Year’s resolutions for political reporters.

During the 2000 election, many journalists deluded themselves and their audience into believing that there weren’t many policy differences between the major candidates, and focused on personalities (or, rather, perceptions of personalities) instead. This time there can be no illusions: President Bush has turned this country sharply to the right, and this election will determine whether the right’s takeover is complete.

But will the coverage of the election reflect its seriousness? Toward that end, I hereby propose some rules for 2004 political reporting.

They’re all worth reading, even if they’re unlikely to actually be followed by the majority of the target audience.

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