Wasserman Says Media “Enablers” in Campaign

In his latest syndicated column, Ed Wasserman, W&L’s Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics, takes aim at the media’s latest performance in its coverage of lipstick vs. substance in the presidential campaign.

Wasserman’s view is that the media have become “enablers of a discourse that seems destined to grow evermore destructive.”

Considering the last week of campaign coverage and its focus on what the candidates said about one another instead of what they had to say about issues, Wasserman worries that the media is ceding its role as an independent actor in the campaign: “Nowhere is it written that news organizations must cover whatever the campaigns decide they want to fuss about.”

Read the entire column at the Miami Herald’s Web site.

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