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A place to discuss the way political stories are covered in the news.

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    bryanmyrick joined the group Political Coverage   3 years, 8 months ago · View

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Campaign Coverage: Who Will Check Facts? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    Glad to see this. I wonder how many investigations they will be able to conduct before election day. Part of me wishes they would allow the public to help fact check, similar to the Truth Squad model adopted by NewsTrust. It could be more efficient that way, (or it could not). Let’s keep our eye on this [...]

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    brianglanz posted on the forum topic Campaign Coverage: Who Will Check Facts? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    On August 18 2010, the day after the primary election, The Seattle Times started “Truth Needle” which they describe as “a new feature to help voters discern fact from fiction between now and the November election. The Truth Needle will examine the claims of candidates and campaigns in the top races and decide whether they are [...]

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Editorial Endorsements: Do They Still Matter? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    I agree, I feel it is a real shame when underdog candidates are ignored in the press and we are forced to pick between the establishment guy and the slightly different establishment guy. it seems clear the Times takes a conservative point of view in their editorials, though they will make the claim that their [...]

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    jimbruner posted on the forum topic Editorial Endorsements: Do They Still Matter? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    On Monday, Aug. 9, The Times recommended John Koster and Rick Larsen in the Second Congressional District (Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan Counties). While saying “We are not thrilled” with Koster and Larsen, The Times recommended them anyway. The endorsement barely mentioned two less-well-funded Democratic candidates from Bellingham who, together, garnered more votes [...]

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    rileysweeney joined the group Political Coverage   4 years, 2 months ago · View

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      jacobcaggiano · 4 years, 2 months ago

      Thanks for joining us Riley! Feel free to make your own forum topics within any group if you got something to get off your chest.

      You can also mention people in the activity stream such as @rileysweeney, just like that.

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    rileysweeney posted on the forum topic Editorial Endorsements: Do They Still Matter? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    I think endorsements from local papers are still widely read and valued. If nothing else, they devote a whole column to discussing one candidate. With our non-online news sources dwindling, newspapers are still a key link to informing voters. Especially older voters who are more likely to vote anyhow.

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Editorial Endorsements: Do They Still Matter? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    I’m also curious about what people think of the Stranger’s approach. They make their viewpoints abundantly clear and use colorful language to make for an interesting read. Of course your opinion of their style will perhaps depend entirely on your opinion of their endorsements. Still, I think it plays a role in getting people interested who [...]

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    wnc started the forum topic Editorial Endorsements: Do They Still Matter? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Ryan Blethen of The Seattle Times recently published an editorial column describing their political endorsement policy and process.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2012320751_ryan11.html

    Do editorial endorsements still carry the same clout now that fewer people receive the newspaper on their doorsteps? Do they have the same impact online? Where do you go for reliable advice during the political season?

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    wnc started the forum topic Campaign Coverage: Who Will Check Facts? in the group Political Coverage:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    The political campaign season inevitably generates controversy about which candidates are telling the truth, getting their facts right, and playing it straight with voters. Television campaign commercials are often accused of being misleading, simplistic or downright inaccurate. Some newspapers used to have “truth squads” to hold political candidates and their commercials accountable. Nationally, the St. [...]

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    brianglanz joined the group Political Coverage   4 years, 3 months ago · View