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Best source for presidential election news?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, May 5, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Someone mentioned on the Obama race thread in Sports & News that the NYT is disappointment when it comes to domestic political coverage, particularly when compared to their foreign coverage, which is excellent.

    Thoughts on the NYT's coverage of the campaign? Should it be one's go-to source for campaign news going forward? If not, what is a superior source? The Washington Post? Politico? I'm curious, because I'd personally want to find the source that keeps me best informed via both depth of intelligent analysis but also comprehensiveness of coverage.
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Dick, here's a suggestion. Try dabbling in political science blogs, written by scholars who give a much different perspective, and I think better perspective, than the campaign hurly-burly coverage. Try www.plainblogaboutpolitics.com, by a guy named Jonathan Bernstein. Very good stuff.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    From what I've seen so far, the Guardian's coverage has been pretty good. They're making a real effort to break into the U.S., and the presidential election coverage is a leading edge of that move.
  4. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Well-Known Member

    What type of analysis are you looking for? Thoughtful policy discussion? Blow-by-blow on the campaign trail?
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Both. Plus, what Michael Gee suggested - Nate Silver-on-steroids political/electoral science info.
  6. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Well-Known Member

    Another political science take: http://blogs.middlebury.edu/presidentialpower/

    For substance, the best option probably is seeking out the experts in whatever topic you're interested in--in economic, for instance, bright people across the political spectrum blog on all sorts of economic policy issues.

    I assume Politico does a good job with the tick-tock campaign analysis, but I can't say for sure--I don't follow it, assuming I'll see it filtered elsewhere if it's important (on the Daily Dish, TPM, etc.). I still believe the NYT does a good job on big-picture campaign and political issues, though.
  7. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Usually in your local student newspaper.

    But honestly, I wouldn't use a go-to place 100 percent of the time. Just use a few. Like you said, NYT, WaPo, Politico should all give you healthy variety of voices.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Real Clear Politics is the runaway winner for me. Silver's blog is still good, but it seems to have lost its edge since the NYT bought it. It's still a good read, but it was better four years ago.
  9. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    Washington Monthly's website and New York Magazine.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've heard that googling the name of the republican runner-up usually takes you to some good political coverage. :D
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

  12. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest


    Save Silver's blog on NYT, none of those places are worth a shit, with Politico actually making you dumber if you read it.
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