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How the Media Whitewashes the Trump-MAGA Threat—Revealed by an Insider

A newsroom veteran turned press critic explains how the conventions of political journalism sanitize the true nature of Donald Trump’s stated intent to destroy democracy.

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Over the weekend, The New York Times published a news analysis titled, “The Biden-Trump rerun: A nation craving change gets more of the same.” This has become a constant refrain in the press: One of the candidates is running on an explicit set of promises to destroy American democracy, yet the press keeps calling this a “rematch” of 2020, almost as if it’s all a sporting event. We chatted with Mark Jacob, a former veteran journalist who writes the “Stop the Presses” newsletter, about all the insidious ways that media coverage is sanitizing the threat posed by Donald Trump and MAGA.