Friday, February 15, 2008

Covering the Presidential Election

Memory Hole has an interesting, and quite important, post on the quality of the coverage of the U.S. presidential election. As someone who consumes a lot of information about the race and the candidates, there have been many, many more horse race columns, then ideological, policy or governing philsophy of the candidates. The two major issues on the Democratic side have been around the speed of paying down the deficit, and the use of mandates for healthcare reform. Ezra Klein, of American Prospect, and Johnathan Chait, of The New Republic, have been by far the best on healthcare issues. Mark Schmidt, of the former publication, has writen the best column on governing approach and the 'Theory of Change' primary.

Finally, the most interesting ideological issue has been the adoption of the, badly named, libertarian paternalism approach to public policy, greatly influenced by the University of Chicago's Cass Sunstein. Libertarian Paternalism will be the subject of an upcoming post when I am not at the office pretending to be working and not blogging! But, in the meantime, Memory Hole is right that the coverage of issues in general has been very, very poor. But we should not be shy about directing people to some of the better articles this primary season.

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