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Witcover on the news media role today: megaphone and gumshoe

Witcover on the news media role today: megaphone and gumshoe

Two separate functions of American journalism have emerged in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. One is to showcase the huge field of Democratic candidates for the highest office. The other is to investigate the apparent wrongdoing of the man who currently occupies that office.

The presidential horserace is dominating cable television; CNN and MSNBC especially are shelling out hours of free air time to the Democratic contenders, two dozen so far. One wonders how many of them are serious or just grabbing gratis exposure.

Meanwhile, the continuing inquiry into President Trump is being handled largely by print news publications, especially by rich establishment...

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