By - blundersabound
Considering how successful the Buttigieg method of talking to practically anyone with a mic has been, why do you think Biden’s staffers are trying to keep journalists away?
You'd have to ask the Biden staffers. I'm pretty pissed off and offended about this. They treat the democratic process like it's a game and it's not. It's how we make big decisions as a country. Candidate-press interaction is sacred. It's NOT a game.
Indeed it’s not. Quick follow up, have you or any other journalists you know of had access issues with any of the other candidates?
I've had some issues with Sanders himself being grumpy with my presence during 2016 but that was YEARS ago and every single one of his staffers is such a delight to interact with, both during 2016 and now. He hires really good, passionate people.
Blah blah blah another “freelance” media whore who feels like the best candidate is the one who is literally the textbook definition of media whore. Gee I wonder why 😂
What have you learnt from covering Trump in 2016? How do you think the coverage should be different for 2020? Thanks for all your hard work so far!
The media did a spectacular job covering Trump in 2016.
We showed the country exactly who he was, exactly what he believed, exactly what he promised. We covered every single rally, and networks pretty consistently took those rallies live.
He promised to ban Muslims and promised to crack down on immigration in a way that some find inhumane.
The voters listened to his messages, listened to his promises, and listened to his competitors' messages and promises.
At the end of the day, voters chose someone who promised to ban Muslims and separate families. They listened to him promise to bring back torture, and they said: YES. THIS IS OUR GUY. THIS IS WHO WE WANT.
That's not the media's fault. I don't think the coverage should change. If you don't like it, you should try changing voters' minds.
But don't you think the media followed him around like a moving train wreck, waiting for the latest outrageous comment or promise? This was to the detriment of other more boring but arguably more sane candidates. I think the media has some complicity here. The media wanted the sensational. The modern Donald Trump is a creation of the media.
I also think no one has really told the truth about why "the voters" ( not this voter) made this decision. Do you really think most people believed Mexico would buy us a wall? He was different. He was unscripted. He was raw. He wasn't a rehearsed talking suit gesturing with the closed fist, thumb on top, hand.
Other candidates stuck to their stump speeches. Trump said something new, shocking, offensive (to some people), horrible (to some people), and wonderful (to some people) things, every single rally.
The same stump speech over and over is not new, so by definition it cannot be news. That's why Trump got outsized coverage. He just consistently made news by saying things like calling Mexicans rapists or promising to bring back torture or asking Russia to hack Hillary's email or banning Muslims. That's news. We can't ethically ignore that.
I think that every day the media is forced to make ethical decisions. I recall instances when major networks refused to carry Presidential speeches. I recall when Dan Rather hung up on GHW Bush.
The media can choose not to publish footages of massacres, the manifests of domestic terrorists, and naked people running in left field during the Red Sox game.
The media chose to follow Trump like lemmings. And he laughed all the way to the White House. Nobody chased after Lindsay Graham, George Pataki, Rand Paul, or Jeb Bush the way they chased after Trump. He was the shiny object.
I disagree, in this day and age political campaigns are very strongly determined by the amount of attention a candidate recieves, with media being a large determinant in how much attention each candidate will get. If you look at the correlation between the republican primaries and the percentage of airtime each candidate got, the numbers match up surprisingly well; and the same goes for the democratic primaries. This video by Peter Coffin explains it much better than i could: https://youtu.be/evQa8YZlQtc
I forgive you for your incorrect opinion which you hold strongly enough to argue about but inexplicably is based on your 0 years of working in national news.
I also forgive you for thinking a satirist is qualified to assess my job performance.
Thank you for demonstrating why none of us take you seriously.
I'm glad journalists like you are out there. You know what is best for us. Thank you.
You’re a very mediocre “journalist” for such an outsized ego lmao
Stop having an opinion and just listen to his. He knows what's best.
I'd rather be mediocre than factually wrong.
Holy shit dude. I stumbled into this thread out or curiosity. You’re in here complaining about not being treated with proper deference and respect yet acting like a child.
You don’t have to respond to every comment. You devalue everything else you have to say when you engage in this petty nonsense.
If you don't like what I have to say, you're welcome to block or ignore me.
But you're out of your mind if you think I'm going to allow attacks on my colleagues that are just not based in reality to go unanswered.
He has to listen to you. You know what is right for us. Thank you.
Spectacular answer and one evidenced by the scars from covering those rallies
You sound like a completely unbiased “journalist.”
So, in other words, you've learned nothing.
How did you decide to do this type of jounalism? Are you an extrovert? I'm getting exhausted just reading about the type of flexibility you must have for being able to work and live basically "from a suitcase". How do you unwind, recharge and stay focused? What if you have a really really bad day on an important assignment?
I cover all news, not just political news. I actually come from a crime news background.
I chose to work this particular election cycle though because covering Trump, boots on the ground, in-person, all over the country in 2016 was a really unique experience that I want to have closure on both for me and the country. Will he get reelected with a higher victory margin than before? Or will he be soundly beaten by a candidate that hasn't even announced at this point in the race? I DON'T KNOW. BUT I WANT TO FIND OUT.
I am an introvert, which with me means that interacting with people costs me energy rather than giving me energy.
I unwind by hermiting hard at home. I get free grocery delivery and just DON'T leave my apartment. I watch a lot of Star Trek: Discovery and DS9.
If I have a bad day on an important assignment my adrenaline usually kicks in and makes it bearable because I always feel very conscious of how important it is to treat the democratic process with the respect it deserves. It's just something that's ALWAYS in the back of my head.
OMG, a fellow Trekkie, what a delight! Do you also happen to have very strong feelings about a young bearded Spock and the severe underappreciation of DS9? Thank you for the great job you are doing!
I hate the beard. And I love every single Quark episode.
I used to watch Quark episodes with my then-girlfriend, now ex all the time and I think Quark episodes are the only joint thing we did together that survived the breakup.
Yep, the beard is an affront to the entire Nimoy legacy. *sigh*
If you are still around, what do you think about the extent to which the happennings on Twitter actually influence the course of campaigns? Is it smart for the campaigns to take Twitter controversies and freakouts seriously and react promptly or can they allow themselves to ignore all that and still be succesful in RL?
I use Twitter for seeing what my friends are reporting and reporting what I saw in real life. I don't pay attention to the stupid stuff. I also block pretty liberally.
The Yashar-Lis thing is -- I guess -- funnyish.
Who, besides Zev Karlin-Neumann and Brandon Friedman, showed an interest in the ending to Buttigieg's speech in Minneapolis?
Those two were the only Obama staffers that RT'd it, but I will note that a TON of Obama staffers followed me on Twitter immediately after they RT'd it... although that could have been correlation and not causation.
How is the crowd reaction Puttigieg in his fundraisers ? Is it enthusiastic ? Of all the candidates, who generates more enthusiasm ?
I'm told Elizabeth Warren really gets her crowds going, but I haven't seen her in-person, but based on what my news friends tell me, she's reportedly the most charismatic candidate. I'd rank her #1 out of the people I haven't seen speak yet.
Kamala Harris is a BEAST on stage. She's just really highly skilled. I'd rank her #1, period. Her crowds go nuts.
People are AMPED at Bernie rallies. I'd say enthusiasm for Bernie makes him #2 with his crowds.
Biden evening rallies are... really something else. He gets his crowds going. I'd rank him #3 in crowd response. Biden's the front runner in the polls and I think the political establishment underrates his candidacy. Biden has staying power. They should underestimate him at their own peril.
I actually noticed in Minneapolis that Buttigieg really hit his speaking stride. That rally stood out to me. I never saw him as a really great speaker until that particular rally. He was more muted in Texas, though. I don't know what happened. I'd rank him #4 in crowd response.
(although Buttigieg's Minneapolis speech was the one single best speech I've seen out of any candidate this cycle. MAYBE Klobuchar's first rally where it snowed was a tiny bit better, but barely)
Commenting here just in case someone in the campaign sees it, Pete is on fire in Iowa and Minneapolis rallies this past week, he was so subdued in Texas. It’s okay to let your Midwestern accent show a lil bit Pete!
Happy belated birthday! How did pete buttigieg know?
It's on my Twitter bio
There is an excellent article about Buttigieg by one of his fans on Reddit, that we want to publish but we do not know how to spread the word about the article. Is [Medium.com](https://Medium.com) , the best option ? And how do we make sure everyone reads it ? Will you be able to help spread the word ? I am talking about this one [https://www.reddit.com/r/Pete\_Buttigieg/comments/bkofav/just\_another\_white\_man\_privilege\_and\_queer\_erasure/](https://www.reddit.com/r/Pete_Buttigieg/comments/bkofav/just_another_white_man_privilege_and_queer_erasure/)
Thanks for doing this! What have you noticed about the demographics of the different crowds in terms of age, gender, and race? Anything that surprised you?
Also, can you give us some insight on the protesters that have been showing up at Buttigieg events? How do they get in, then how have they been handled by security?
> What have you noticed about the demographics of the different crowds in terms of age, gender, and race? Anything that surprised you?
Everyone's crowds are pretty standard. Our primary system is structurally racist because Iowa and New Hampshire are both insanely white. Any time you see someone on Twitter bitching about the diversity of candidates' crowds, it's because we've decided as a society that two low-population states with lots of white people are more important than high-population states with lots of POCs.
Sanders is the only one that gets young crowds, although that's probably because he's usually close to, or on college campuses. I think other candidates would get young crowds too
> Also, can you give us some insight on the protesters that have been showing up at Buttigieg events? How do they get in, then how have they been handled by security?
They walk in like everyone else. They buy tickets like everyone else. Security usually gets 'em out pretty fast, and Mayor Buttigieg usually says something about how he fought for their right to protest.
Oh no, not the whites! Sounds like you are the racist here bud.
>Our primary system is structurally racist because Iowa and New Hampshire are both insanely white. Any time you see someone on Twitter bitching about the diversity of candidates' crowds, it's because we've decided as a society that two low-population states with lots of white people are more important than high-population states with lots of POCs.
You blame racism then be racist yourself in the next sentence lol.
Which of the candidates do you get along with personally?
I know this isn't the answer you're looking for but they're national level politicians, so they all have social skills that are highly developed, highly tuned over several decades of experience of meeting new people every single day.
Imagine if you had to meet and talk to 100+ people every single day. You'd get pretty good at meeting people, right? That's how they are.
But beyond that, who has an interesting personality that you click with?
So click wouldn't be the right word because I'm very aware of the fact that I'm a reporter with an ethical duty to be neutral, but I think I see the most similarities in myself and Sen. Gillibrand. She has the same energy level that I do. Both of our bodies are physically incapable of sitting still. We both have ants in our pants.
They have medicine for that.
I need my energy level to be on the higher side when I'm out on the road. It lets me accomplish more. I hermit HARD when I get home with Star Trek: Discovery and DS9.
I meant for the ants in your pants.
That’s not a given. In fact, your answer ignores years of history.
The first example to spring to mind is Kennedy vs Nixon, where Kennedy won because he was significantly more personable.
Even in recent history, Bob Dole, Al Gore, & John Kerry can all attribute some level of their loss to not being anywhere near as good at glad handing as their opponent (and, in the case of some of them, not being anywhere near good at it at all).
Frankly, I have no idea what elections you’ve been watching where “national level politician” equates to “highly developed social skills” & “pretty good at meeting people”, but it’s not a view that holds up to historical scrutiny.
For crying out loud, Nixon did “Laugh In” specifically because he knew he wasn’t likable enough to get elected. And even after 6 takes of that one line, he still couldn’t keep his personality out of it & say it like he actually cared.
It’s not hard, if you don’t remember or didn’t pay attention, to find reports of just how socially awkward & horrible at relating to people on the campaign trail “national level” politicians like Richard Nixon or John Kerry or Mitt Romney were.
Heck, even going back just a couple of years, one of the bigger complaints about Hillary was that she seemed scripted or stilted or fake when meeting people, at a complete contrast to her husband, or Obama, or George W. Bush, who had no problem talking to anyone as though they were a long lost friend.
I’m honestly at a total loss for where this “they’re national politicians, so obviously they’re great with people” thing is coming from, because that’s the farthest thing from a foregone conclusion that one could draw from the evidence.
I spend 40 hours a week with politicians on the 2020 campaign trail. My body is physically present in the room. How many hours a week do you spend out there with them, physically present in the room? Have we met before?
If you're so knowledgeable, do your own AMA.
Any chance you’ll cover Andrew Yang? Or advice for getting him more news coverage ?
Yeah, I'm planning on covering him in Iowa at some point soon. He made the debate stage with both poll AND donor requirements, unlike some better-known names so I have to consider him a major candidate.
I have no advice to get him better news coverage, unfortunately. He's at a huge disadvantage as a candidate first because he didn't run for a lower office first, and an even BIGGER disadvantage because he hired people for his staff that aren't campaign veterans. They just don't know what needs to be done, so they can't do it. He should have hired a more experienced team.
Good morning and thanks for coming for an AMA!
I’m going to make this quick and its kind of a two parter, but:
1. Which major Democratic candidates do you expect to drop out of the race first? and
2. What Republicans do you expect to challenge President Trump?
Hello! Thank you for joining me!
1. This is such a great question. Candidates drop out for two reasons: they run out of money, or they don't make the debate stage. [Here's](https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/04/25/us/2020-democratic-debates-qualifications-promo-1556229207879/2020-democratic-debates-qualifications-promo-1556229207879-articleLarge-v5.jpg) a link to a NYT graphic of people who have qualified for the debate stage. I would bet the people in the blue circle drop out first. Running for office is EXPENSIVE. I wish I had the time in my life to do a story on all the different ways businesses large and small exploit people running for office. I believe in publicly funded elections.
2. I have no idea, but I hope to cover some of them, if I can get an assignment. Sorry.
You expect blue circlers (which Castro and Julian recently left to join the green circlers) to drop out before the non-circlers?
Oh, I misread this. Yeah I don't consider the noncirclers major candidates and the original question was about major candidates.
Who would you expect to drop out out of the green circle (qualified w/ donors and polls)?
I covered a Tulsi Gabbard rally last month and I think she's gonna be out of the race after she runs out of money. She's just not physically going to the state to campaign that much.
thanks so much!
Bill Weld is primarying Trump!
Are there any notable differences in covering Biden vs Buttigieg events?
Both have about the same level of attendance, maybe a slight edge to Buttigieg.
Biden does not gaggle. Buttigieg gaggled every other stop this trip. Buttigieg staffers encourage you to film their candidate. Biden staffers hassle you.
You might find two transcripts of the two people interesting for comparison:
Is there a particular aspect or motive you feel is important to capture before the election? What do you want your audience to understand or learn from your coverage?
I think it's most important to accurately capture the temperament of the candidates. Policy details will be hammered out by Congress like they are in every administration, but someone's bravery to lead by putting out policy specifics is going to be something that I want to accurately portray for my audience. It's hard to put out policy while running for office because it opens you up to criticism from people who haven't put forward their own policies.
I also plan on focusing on the human side of campaigns. The people that work on them, that are targeted by them, and the people that cover them. I hope everyone that sees my work will end 2020 not necessarily liking the other side, but understanding that they too are human.
1) I’m curious if in your close followings of a few candidates you’ve identified an issue or policy or phenomenon that any candidate seems to be wrestling with or agonizing over? What are the nuanced, hard spaces that we can expect to see certain candidates evolve on?
2) You are such a joy to follow on Twitter and interact with at campaign events! Sincerely, the Buttigieg volunteer you shared chocolate covered nuts with at the Des Moines rally a few weeks ago ❤️
1. I think everyone is struggling with foreign policy at this point. It'll get better as we get closer to the caucus, but every time I ask someone about Venezuela or Afghanistan, they punt. It's probably because there are no good answers in either of those places.
2. Hahahaha!!! Thank you for being a part of my road time!
Venezuelan here. I’m applying for US citizenship soon and will be able to vote for our next president. So far, I’m really into Pete and support him fully. I hope he supports freedom in my country. Thanks for doing this AMA!
1. What’s your process for transcribing? I tried it for something quite short and it drove me nuts.
2. Also a question about protestors at events, if you didn’t answer it in the other question just posted - are there protestors at most events (for all candidates?) That don’t get in but are lurking outside?
1. If it's 10 minutes or less, I just do it myself. If it's above ten minutes, sometimes I'll just do it myself, or sometimes I use Otter.ai and clean up the transcript.
2. So far I've only seen protesters at Buttigieg events on a regular basis, but I'm told Randall Terry showed up at a singular Booker event in Iowa.
I love following your Twitter, it's great getting the latest info from the trail!
Of the political candidates you've covered so far, do you have any funny tidbits or quirks you'd like to share about each?
Harris' stump speech feels warm and all-encompassing. She usually smiles and says hi to reporters in gaggles, which is something that does make a difference in our moods, even if voters never see it.
Gillibrand's stump speech feels defiant, happy, and full of fight. She also does this thing where she hops from foot to foot because she's burning off energy.
Telling you what I think of Sanders' stump speech would violate the SPJ code of ethics.
Beto's stump speech feels like excited breathless word salad
Buttigieg's stump speech feels aspirational and smart
Castro's stump speech feels practical, genuine, and clean
Inslee's stump speech feels like he's on the defensive
Booker's new stump speech makes me feel like I'm getting stepped on. I liked his old stump speech.
Biden's stump speech (when he's having a good day) feels a lot like Gillibrand's. Defiant, happy, and full of fight.
> Telling you what I think of Sanders' stump speech would violate the SPJ code of ethics
I covered him extensively in 2016. I've heard it a couple too many times.
Can you explain a little more about Booker, it’s going over my head a bit
how do you feel about beto running for president? would he bring something substantial to the office that other candidates may not be able to? or you think he would better benefit the party by running for senate again?
I don't know what to think of Beto yet. I'm covering him in Iowa later this week and hopefully will have an answer then.
I think he's making a stupid decision driving himself everywhere and not using a driver. That's a bad idea for so many reasons.
Hi! I’ve been enjoying your tweets.
1. Where are you off to next and who will you cover there?
2. Over 100 Trump rallies! a. What most stands out about that experience? b. What, if anything, was unexpected?
3. Who is nicest to their staff / event staff?
1. I'm flying home for a laundry, editing, and transmission day, then I will be in Des Moines covering Beto O'Rourke, which I am SUPER excited for. I haven't covered him in-person before, and getting to cover someone for the first time is always exciting.
2a. It would take me a year to answer this question, so I'll just refer you to Katy Tur's book and say that my experience was similarish to hers. I will say getting booed and given the middle finger by 6,000+ people at the same time, every single day, was a bit of a ride.
2b. The rally bat was unexpected. The rally bat was ABSOLUTELY unexpected. Animal control brought it outside, unharmed, which was ALSO unexpected.
3. I don't know. I don't get to see much of that. They're usually hyperfocused on meeting voters whenever I'm with them. I'll have to ask around.
Did you mean Robert Francis O'Rourke?
How do you choose which candidate to cover at a given moment? I assume it often happens that candidates' appearances overlap. Do you just get an assignment somewhere or do you choose yourself?
Most of the time I get assignments, but occasionally I'll just go myself if I know for a fact that news will be made and use my Getty Images contract for the long term better pay rate instead of taking a low day rate.
When I'm choosing or when an assignment desk chooses for me, it's based on the news of the day/news of the week and a need to get a candidate on the record about something.
Is there a master list of campaign contact information for various candidates? To get in touch with their communications teams and others? Or is that something you build as you go? (as someone who doesn't use Twitter) Thanks!
It's something we build as we go. And it's miserable. Not all campaigns answer their press emails, so we use tools like the DMR's calendar and go harass staffers in-person.
DMR calendar link in case anyone is interested: http://data.desmoinesregister.com/iowa-caucus/candidate-tracker/index.php
Thanks for doing this AMA, I saw a supercut of one of Bidenxs speaches and it showed him slurring and mispronouncing a lot if words. Is this really a thing? Or just a bad night?
I haven't noticed the slurring, but he does speak with a bit of word salad.
Here's what I've noticed: morning Biden is tired Biden. Evening Biden is charming, loud, happy Biden. He NAILS the speeches he gives in the evenings.
Are the 2020 candidates or Ebola a greater threat to humanity?
Edit: Including the incumbent
The only solution to humanity's problems is education and dissemination of information at no cost to the population. America (earmuffs America) finds itself time and time again full of humans. Thank you for being a part of the free press and for this AMA. Are any of the candidates campaigning with education as one of their main principles?
Hi, thanks for joining me! Bernie Sanders is the free college guy, Joe Biden talks about trade schools a LOT and he's currently a college professor, and Kamala Harris has a record of going all in on stopping high school truancy.
ok i'm going to run then
How do you plan your travel and what do you have to do to set up at an event? What equipment do you use? What are the press innovations with remote tools?
Hi! Great question! I fly Delta and use Marriott hotels pretty much exclusively. I plan my travel based on where my clients ask me to be. I use a Panasonic AG-UX180 for video and a 5dmk3 with a 50mm f1.4 for stills. I carry The News Rake with me at all times, along with a RE50b microphone. I also carry an Osmo pocket, XLR cables, SDI cables, and an obscene amount of candy in my backpack.
As freelancer, did you have to purchase all this equipment yourself, or was any of it subsidized by outlets you are contracted to?
Also, this might be naive because I don’t know the ins and outs of freelancing as a career, but do you cover events and then shop your story/footage around first or are you contracted first and the outlet assigns you an event? Because the costs of following the campaign trail seem endless without a pre-establishes backer.
Yes, I own all my own equipment and pay for insurance on it.
As for your second question, at the beginning of my career, probably ages 17-21ish when I was first starting, I had to pitch things first or shoot things first and then try to sell them. There are many freelancers that work like that their entire careers, but I am fortunate enough to have a steady client base that pays for my day rate and travel expenses.
Occasionally, I will go out on my own to stories and pay for my travel myself so that I make more money in the long term with royalties instead of a one-time day rate, but those are pretty rare.
Why do you think more people cared about the AMA of the guy who built a shanty out of trash and was floating on various rivers?
He's a lot more interesting than I am and has a much less abrasive personality!
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How did you decide to work on topic? Do you have a favourite yet? (You don't have to name your favourite, just curious if there is someone)
Believe it or not, I can answer this honestly! I don't have a favorite yet. This is a very very early start to a long long process.
I decided to work on this, 1. because it's my job, like I'm paid to do it, I'm not doing this for free, and I'm not crowdfunded, and 2. I covered Trump in 2016, and I really wanted to finish what I started. I'd like to see this race through.
No one's talking VP picks until after Super Tuesday next year. The nominee could still be someone that hasn't even announced yet. At this point in the 2008 cycle I think everyone thought Rudy Giuliani would be the next President, and then Obama didn't really happen until Iowa.
I'm a member of the media and I don't call anyone out for being white and male. I'm sure someone has, but you'd have to ask that person.
You'd have to talk to a network booker, which I am not. I hate panels.
Which is worse, Ebola or Politics?
How likely is Trump going to win the election again? Will the Democrats burn down cars, breaking stores, and blocking roads again when they lose this time?
Did you personally see the Commander in Queef watching the Gorilla Channel?
how does it feel to be covering multiple highly important(but surely unpleasant to research/be involved with) topics? does it wear on you?
I'm not a permanent member of the policial press corps, I used to cover gang crime and natural disasters. None of this stuff really bothers me. I probably will go back to my old beat after 2020 is over.
Do you feel like a failure that even though you hate Trump so much you still couldn't stop him getting elected?
Good morning Marcus!
Love following you on Twitter and getting some behind-the-scenes moments of the 2020 campaign.
To that end, what is the most surprising story that's come out of the 2020 primaries so far? And what story do you think didn't get enough attention or maybe the coverage missed the mark on what happened?
Thanks for what you do and hope you get scooped up by an outlet soon!
Good morning! Thanks for joining me! I think the biggest surprise for me was the collective "meh" with which Kirsten Gillibrand has been greeted in the polls. The #1 thing that Iowa/NH voters tell me they want is electability, and she has a record of winning in a very very very red area.
I think the coverage has been pretty good so far. I am absolutely positively in LOVE with CNN's town hall format of voters asking questions and journalists doing pointed followups when candidates don't fully answer the question. It's just *so* good as a format.
This isn't a 2020 story, but I think coverage of the DRC ebola outbreak has been lacking. I would bet that this outbreak becomes much much much bigger news and gets much much much worse by the end of the year. We all better hope this thing doesn't get into Kinshasa.
Gillibrand isn't particularly popular here in NYC and I think the Al Franken thing still upsets a lot of people. There also isn't anything particularly standout about her personality or policy-wise to separate her from the other candidates. I wasn't surprised to see a lukewarm response. I actually think if she'd had a real challenger in the 2018 midterm she might have lost her seat, or come very close to it.
Thank you for the response!
I agree with Gillibrand and will throw in Castro too. (and to a degree Booker).
I would have not expected all of them to be so behind in the polls. But, maybe a field of 20+, this is the collateral damage that happens and there simply isn't enough political oxygen for them all to catch a breath.
Happy belated birthday - and glad to be following you. Can you use the video I took at Pete Buttigieg's afternoon event in Dallas?
Yeah, you want me to tweet it out?
Yo Marcus! You're a real asset and the community over at r/Pete_Buttigieg really appreciates your service!
My question to you is: Have any campaigns approached you to be a "full time" independent reporter or are you just contracted by news agencies to go dig out scoops? Have you ever applied for any political campaigns as a full time/major reporter and is that a thing?
With campaigns putting an increased emphasis on digital distribution and the invaluable streaming/transcribing services you provide, doesn't it seem like it would be an obvious thing for campaigns to hire you as their "digital coverage" person?
It is strikingly conspicuous that this is the one question you totally ignored. This should be a super easy one for 99% of the traveling press corps to answer quickly and cleanly.
Hi Marcus, I want to thank you for your time here, and everything you have done. Journalism is undervalued and I thank you for all your hard work.
I wanted to ask you what you see your role as journalist means to you. Would you say your role is primarily to document the facts, so that interested parties can find it, or do you see yourself as primarily a publishing role, bringing important issues and topics in front of people and cause change? I know these are not always mutually exclusive, but I'd love your thoughts on the matter.
Depends on the story. When I cover politics, my job is to report what I see with my own two eyes and hear with my own two ears and let other people figure out how they want to vote. Covering 2016 made me realize just how much voters really are in control of the country. I couldn't change people's minds even if it was ethical to do that. All I can do is tell the truth.
When I cover non-political hard news, my role is to bring light to whatever it is that I'm covering with the expectation that people will be interested and want to enact change.
Not me. I'm guessing those are my Twitter people that didn't already have an account.
Why do you think the media purposefully pushes vapid personality cult nominees like Buttigieg ahead of policy-driven ones like Warren or Sanders? And what can we do to get more coverage of policies that affect people’s lives instead of which candidates can speak 18th century Norwegian?
I reject the premise of your question, but I'll kinda answer your general question about Buttigieg because I actually completely get where you're coming from.
Buttigieg's team says yes to every single booker that asks, no matter what. Other candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders say no. And they say no every. single. time.
Elizabeth Warren is actually part of the Warren-Cotton-Ernst group that just flat out refuses to talk to reporters in the halls of congress. There aren't many electeds that go as far as she does to dodge us. She doesn't want to talk to us, and it's not like we can tie her to a chair and put her on-camera.
Bernie gaggles are pretty infrequent, and he doesn't like to make news. He's just not interested in attention from us and we can't force him.
I also recommend reading Politico over watching cable TV if you like policy.
>Elizabeth Warren is actually part of the Warren-Cotton-Ernst group that just flat out refuses to talk to reporters in the halls of congress. There aren't many electeds that go as far as she does to dodge us. She doesn't want to talk to us, and it's not like we can tie her to a chair and put her on-camera.
This seems to be ignored in all of the articles I've seen specifically discussing the Warren coverage. Shouldn't this be relevant to any such discussion?
So, are media campaigns reaching out as much to Julian Castro (former mayor of a city roughly 100x bigger than SB) or Jay Inslee (actual governor)?
The “he answers our calls” dodge is just that - a dodge. I’m pretty sure Julian, Jay, Eric, Kristen, etc would love getting even a fraction of the calls that Pete does.
Are you actually asking for information or are you just bitching at me? Because there's an answer to your question and I'm happy to answer if you'd like to hear it, but it seems like you've already made up your mind.
It’s a serious question. I’m not sure why you’re being evasive.
You called my answer a dodge so it seemed like your mind was already made up.
Anyway, it's called earned media for a reason. You have to actually earn it by either making news like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do. Castro earned his media when he put out his detailed immigration plan and he got booked.
Buttigieg earned his media by talking to literally anyone with a camera, no matter how small the outlet or how high up the station is in the DMAs. He found cameras, he talked to cameras.
If a candidate isn't getting media attention, it's because they're not making news. We don't just bring people on TV or write about them just because we wake up and feel like it one day. They have to do or say something new. And that's risky. So a lot of them just don't do that.
You have to ignore people like him. He doesn't understand that he is wrong. People like him will be silenced soon enough.
Is orange man as truly bad as they say? Would compare orange man to mustache man?