4/26/07

Horserace reporting and democratic process


I find it a bit depressing that every comment about the horserace is picked up and amplified as "news." Add to that the fact that most news websites, including the New York Times, already narrow their headline coverage to just a few "leaders" in each party.


There has not even been a primary yet and the Times et al. are already giving day after day coverage to those they designate ss "leading candidates." In my view, it makes no difference whether these "leaders" have raised more money or have a better chance at winning. The election is up to the public, and the media should focus on the positions of all declared candidates until a caucus or primary has taken place.


Horserace reporting is anti-democratic, and the Times is part of the problem.