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Brokaw on “Commentary Disguised as Reporting”

brokawtv_6-9.jpgThe Associated Press’ David Bauder gives a postmortem regarding the media’s coverage of Sen. Hillary Clinton leading up to her exit from the campaign.

“The coverage embittered the Clinton campaign and, in the eyes of one veteran journalist, should provoke some soul-searching,” said Bauder, who quotes Tom Brokaw in the article.

“It was inappropriate, for journalists especially, to try to cut the process short,” said the NBC News special correspondent. “It was an appropriate issue for people to report on, in context, but there was an awful lot of commentary disguised as reporting that gave the impression that people were trying to shove her out of the race.”

CBS’ Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer also reflects on the coverage. “We get criticized for it,” Schieffer said of the deluge of stories about process rather than issues. “But when you come right down to it, that’s what campaigns are about — trying to win.”

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