Covering Clinton’s Candidacy in Waiting (The New York Times)



A New York Times reporter was recently assigned to a full-time beat covering Hillary Clinton, who is expected to make a presidential run in 2016, notes Margaret Sullivan, the newspaper’s public editor.

In her column, Sullivan turns to Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan for his thoughts on the Times’ decision, considering the next presidential election is more than three years away. “I haven’t been sure there is enough news to sustain a full-time reporter’s time,” Nyhan, an assistant professor of government, tells Sullivan. “And a dedicated beat creates the incentive to make news.”

A beat dedicated to Clinton, says Nyhan, “could help cement the perception that she is the inevitable Democratic nominee, and effectively serve to pre-anoint her.”

Read the full story, published 8/17/13 by The New York Times.

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