The Case Against Political Reporting

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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1. Dave Hopkins looks at what we learned in New Hampshire

2. At Mischiefs of Faction, Seth Masket on the Democrats in New Hampshire.

3. Brendan Nyhan at the Upshot on Hillary Clinton's message.

4. At the Monkey Cage, Kayla Jordan and James Pennebaker on the candidates' thinking styles and what they might mean about their governing styles. 

5. Also at the Monkey Cage, Alyx Mark looks at judges with legislative experience.

6. Nate Silver on Tuesday's primary, the Republicans and Donald Trump.

7. Cook Political's Amy Walter on New Hampshire.

8. The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein calls Ted Cruz the Republican front-runner. Plausible! Although it's not where I am.

9. And the case against on-the-ground campaign reporting, from Gawker's Hamilton Nolan. It's a fair point, but several caveats. Poll questions don't come out of thin air; good campaign reporting can inform polls. The opposite is true as well: Good polls are just hard for a lot of people to get through, and good campaign reporting can work with polling and other structural reporting to make the entire package more readable or visually appealing. Reporting on the campaigns can be informative as well -- we learned plenty from coverage of the organizations for Cruz, Trump and Marco Rubio. And Nolan quite properly acknowledges that good campaign reporting can yield great feature stories. So while there's a lot of junk reporting out there, there's plenty of good stuff, too, and we need more of it.

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