It Happened With Reagan, It Happened With Trump

In the Reagan days, political reporters made dumb comments and showed their bias in the privacy of the newsroom. Now they do it on Twitter.

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WHY POLITICAL REPORTERS SHOULD STICK TO REPORTING

JANUARY 2, 2016

By Jack Limpert

Fifty years ago I was editing a group of weekly papers in San Jose, California, and our political reporter wasn’t shy about his liberal tendencies. The then-governor was Edmund “Pat” Brown, a Democrat too moderate and boring for our political reporter.

At one point our reporter said he hoped Brown would lose in November to his Republican opponent, a movie actor. “That guy will be such as disaster that next time we’ll be able to elect a real liberal.”

Yeah, the movie actor was Ronald Reagan, who easily won that election in 1966, was re-elected in 1970, and went on…

 

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