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Enough with "both sides"! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers

Enough with "both sides"! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers

November 18, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 28, 2020.--view in appThis article was co-produced with , an independent site that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by .The conventional wisdom among the leaders of our major newsrooms is that the best way to reach people who believe crazy, awful things is to remain neutral.They maintain that taking sides would actually make news organizations even less credible with that particular...

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Never forget: All of this was his own damn fault

Never forget: All of this was his own damn fault

Supporters of President Trump rally outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump arrived at the hospital yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19.view in app--October 4, 2020 10:00AM (UTC)This article was co-produced with , a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by .Political journalists covering the highly dramatic news that Donald Trump has been sickened by COVID-19 have been engaged in a public search for the right tone.They are understandably intent that their...

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Alarms are ringing everywhere about Trump's election plot — except in our top newsrooms

Alarms are ringing everywhere about Trump's election plot — except in our top newsrooms

U.S. President Donald Trumpview in app--September 25, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)This article was co-produced with , a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by .People who know and care about elections and democracy frantically sounded the alarm on Wednesday as Donald Trump's intention to steal the election became undeniable.But the leaders of our nation's top newsroom weren't listening. The New York Times put its  on Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power on page A15. The  was on A4. Other news organizations...

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Failing to clearly identify what’s at stake in 2020 is bad journalism | Press Watch

Failing to clearly identify what’s at stake in 2020 is bad journalism | Press Watch

Sign inLog into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailWith the first votes in the 2020 presidential election already being cast, the nation’s political journalists face a moment of reckoning: Will they continue to treat this like a normal election, acting as if both sides have equally compelling claims on the American voter?Or will they sound the alarm, and make it clear in every story precisely what is at stake for the country?Our top newsroom leaders need to empower their political reporters and producers and editors to do the latter – right...

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The alarms are ringing everywhere but in our top newsrooms | Press Watch

The alarms are ringing everywhere but in our top newsrooms | Press Watch

Sign inLog into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailPeople who know and care about elections and democracy frantically sounded the alarm on Wednesday as Donald Trump’s intention to steal the election became undeniable.But the leaders of our nation’s top newsroom weren’t listening. The New York Times put its on Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power on page A15. The was on A4. Other news organizations underplayed it as well. Despite all the other news, this should have been a screamer headline everywhere.Consider the...

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Journalists must face the 2020 challenge: This isn't a normal election, and the truth is at stake

Journalists must face the 2020 challenge: This isn't a normal election, and the truth is at stake

U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 11, 2020 in Washington, DCview in app--September 18, 2020 10:00AM (UTC)This article was co-produced with , a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by .With the first votes in the 2020 presidential election already being cast, the nation's political journalists face a moment of reckoning: Will they continue to treat this like a normal election, acting as if both sides have equally compelling...

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