The New York Times didn’t know what to make of Trump’s press conference; the Washington Post did

Faced with how to write up what it called Trump’s “rambling” press conference on Wednesday, the New York Times offered its readers a grab-bag of observations. Its main story was literally headlined: “5 Takeaways From Trump’s News Conference at the United Nations” (although in the print edition, where it ran on page A16, the headline was … Read more

The central question reporters need to ask Trump today is why he lies so much

Reporters who may have a chance to ask a question at Trump’s solo news conference this afternoon – only the fourth of his presidency – need to keep one thing uppermost in their minds: Trump lies almost all the time. So standing up, asking a traditional question, and then sitting down — and not addressing … Read more

Journalism is about more than just keeping track of the shiny objects

With the reality show that is the Trump presidency going into a total frenzy – jamming a week’s worth of plot twists and cliff hangers into a single day – it’s hard for political journalists to keep up. And when so much is new and shiny all the time, and it’s an adrenaline-pumping challenge simply … Read more

When Trump blows hard, the daily news coverage is way too soft

Originally published on Medium. Books and op-eds have lately been helping the public more fully grasp just how dysfunctional, deceitful and amoral the Trump White House is. But the daily news stories (unless they are about those books and op-eds)? Not so much. Consider the formulaic, not particularly enlightening coverage of Trump’s assertion Tuesday (followed … Read more

How the Los Angeles Times could beat the New York Times in Washington: By covering politics with a view from California instead of nowhere

Originally published on Medium. The once-mighty Los Angeles Times Washington bureau is a shade of its former self. A total of 15 reporters and editors toil where not so long ago there were 60. The bloodsuckers in suits at tronc (formerly Tribune) were about to close the DC office entirely to pay the rent in … Read more