As Presidential Election Cycle Begins, Questions about Covering Politics, Trump Loom Large

28 min
at 9:30 AM
US President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, December 18, 2017.  (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday evening President Trump will deliver a prime-time speech to address the ongoing government shutdown and make his case for a wall along the U.S. southern border. As several television networks weigh whether to air the address, some media critics argue that the press shouldn't give President Trump uninterrupted airtime without adequate rebuttal or fact-checking. As the country enters another presidential election cycle, we discuss to what extent the media should change how it covers politics, in particular, President Trump.

Guests:

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor, "On the Media" author, "The Trouble With Reality"

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