How or Whether to Cover Trump Is Among the Most Circular of the News Business

From a story on by Kyle Pope headlined “Trump and the TV time machine”:

Do you give Donald Trump airtime or ignore him? Fact-check him in real time or let him discredit himself? Pick apart his most noxious ideas or hope they go away?

Welcome to the central question of political journalism in 2024. And 2020. And 2016, too.

The question of how, or whether, to cover the candidacy of Donald J. Trump is among the most circular of our industry. It swings back and forth between those who say he’s newsworthy and warrants the scrutiny and those who say he shouldn’t be platformed, given his dangerous record of lies and incitement.