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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Media advice for the presidential race in 2016

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click to enlarge MEDIA ADVICE: Columnist urges media to watch using one location as an example of national thinking. Which brings to mind current-day Arkansas. What if our legislature DOES represent the national mindset? - PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
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  • MEDIA ADVICE: Columnist urges media to watch using one location as an example of national thinking. Which brings to mind current-day Arkansas. What if our legislature DOES represent the national mindset?


New York Times columnist Frank Bruni
has some useful advice for the media rather than candidates as the 2016 presidential race unfolds. I'll boil it down:

* AVOID OVERHYPING IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE: True but good luck with convincing the press pack that the tiny sector of Religious Righters  who decide Iowa GOP caucuses are representative of anything but the Iowa Religious Right.

* EASY ON THE SPOUSES: True, but when one of them is named Bill, good luck with that.

* AVOID CIRCUS ACTS (meaning the nuttiest thing said lately by Palin, Trump and, increasingly, the Huckster): True, but everybody loves a train wreck.

There's more in Bruni's resist-temptation list. Anointing momentary darlings as real contenders (Herman Cain). Mistaking singular events as campaign-defining (Gennifer Flowers, anyone?). Process stories (are staffers really more important than the candidates?) Man-on-the-street stories that reputedly reflect the national mood. (God help us if the Arkansas legislature is a snapshot of the national mood.)

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