Reassigning Tim Russert

Reassigning Tim Russert, 13
contributing writers, The Washington Monthly
Thirteen of the top journalists and political pundits pontificate
on what the media needs. Together they create a recipe for heartier
government policy coverage, the first step of which includes
assigning well-established reporters to government beats. Hosted by
The Washington Monthly, the discussion begins with
one of its contributing editors, Jonathan Rowe’s nine suggestions
for the media. He gives the media the advice to pay more attention
to the story and follow the money among other common sense ideas
that they seem to be ignoring. One of the other writers chastises
the media for its arrogance, he writes: ‘The point is that the
press needs to remember that news is so much more than novelty. And
what better time to pay attention to the relevant past than when
confronted with a government with so much of one? Investigating and
articulating the proven strengths and weaknesses of powerful people
is the best thing the press can do to ensure that they use that
power properly.’
–Sara V. Buckwitz
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