As Election Day Nears, Media Coverage of Presidential Candidates Under Scrutiny

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets reporters in the spin room following a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla)

Earlier this week New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet signaled a shift in the paper's approach to campaign coverage: "We have decided to be more direct in calling things out when a candidate actually lies,” he told Quartz. His comments came in the wake of Donald Trump's press conference where the GOP candidate reversed course and said he now believes that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. For her part, Hillary Clinton has frustrated reporters with her lack of accessibility. In this hour, we'll talk about how the mainstream media is struggling with and evolving in response to an unusual election cycle.

Guests:

Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute; author "Shining City"

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor, "On the Media"

James Taranto, columnist, Wall Street Journal

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation

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