Monday, June 07, 2010

What if academics started writing the news?

from Slate.com
 
A new article in the Columbia Journalism Review discusses the differences between political journalism and political science.
 
What if academics started writing the news?
 
 [excerpts]
 
A powerful thunderstorm forced President Obama to cancel his Memorial Day speech near Chicago on Monday—an arbitrary event that had no affect on the trajectory of American politics.
 
Chief among the criticisms of Obama was his response to the spill. Pundits argued that he needed to show more emotion. Their analysis, however, should be viewed in light of the economic pressures on the journalism industry combined with a 24-hour news environment and a lack of new information about the spill itself.
 
Republicans, meanwhile, complained that the administration has not been sufficiently involved in the day-to-day cleanup. Their analysis, of course, is colored by their minority status in America's two-party system, which creates a strong structural incentive to criticize the party in power, whatever the merits.
 
 
full @ http://www.slate.com/id/2256068/
 
 
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