The Limits of Political 'Reporting'

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There's a great moment in Dan Senor's interview on Morning Joe today, where Senor attempts to explain why the Romney team, to which he was a top adviser, thought it was going to win. Specifically, Senor is claiming that the delusion on Election Day that the race was a "toss-up" was not merely the product of the Right's fever dream:

Reporters across the political spectrum, pundits across the political divide, believed this race was too close to call. 
This is pretty much right. But what Senor neglects to mention is the reporters and pundits who he's highlighting spend most of their time talking to people like Senor, whose very job was to convinced us that the race was indeed "too close to call."

This is the problem with "Republicans say this, but Democrats say this" reporting which proceeds as though there can be no discernible truth. Watch the whole episode. Senor notes (and I don't doubt it) that some of the same GOP governors who are blasting Romney were jockeying backstage, five days before, for appointment in a Romney cabinet. 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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