How Trump Destroyed Horse Race Journalism

From a Jack Shafer Fourth Estate column on headlined “Donald Trump Destroyed Horse Race Journalism”:

For a generation or longer, it has been the abiding wish of press critics like Jay Rosen and a smattering of regional papers to eliminate “horse race journalism” from campaign coverage. Horseracism, to lift a 20-year-old neologism by Brian Montopoli, offends because it draws on sports reporting to reduce campaigns to athletic contests where sides are “winning” or “losing” instead of surfacing and analyzing substantive issues.