One aspect of today’s election coverage that goes unmentioned in Hagey’s piece, and which might play into the way that political editors assign coverage of the upcoming election, is the way in which reports are increasingly shared—willingly or not. A CNN report on Sarah Palin snubbing reporters, for instance, can be rewritten and linked to as far afield as The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, or on a New York Times blog without the need for any original reporting. Or, a Politico report on the scaling back of election coverage can be excerpted and analyzed immediately at cjr.org. In an age in which original campaign reports are repackaged, rewritten, and retweeted—with zero feet necessary on the ground—editors may not feel the need to over-assign their reporters.


Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.