The American media were much criticized for their coverage (or lack thereof) of the candidates and issues during the 2016 presidential election cycle. But Susan Glasser, editor of Politico throughout the 2016 campaign, has a controversial opinion: that political journalism has never been better. Instead, she’s worried about something else. Although digital news organizations are raising the bar for reporting, and social media, big data, and live video are providing instant access to high quality coverage, it seems that the facts no longer matter.
In the latest Brookings Essay, “Covering Politics in a Post-Truth America,” Susan Glasser chronicles how political reporting has changed during the course of her career and shares concerns about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
On December 13, Susan Glasser reflected on her own personal experience as a journalist and lead a discussion on the state of today’s “post-truth” media landscape and the road ahead for political reporting in America.