Covering President Trump

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Will a Trump presidency change the press?

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The Mailbag: The Challenge of Challenging

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Two interviews on the NewsHour illustrate the challenge of on-air challenging.

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The NewsHour Did Okay. In Fact, Quite Well

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Some thoughts about PBS and an electoral surprise.

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Endings: A No-Show and a Shout-Out

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A Clinton spokesperson fails to show up and a hooray for an all-women panel brings some mail to the ombudsman.

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The Mailbag: Some Choice Words for ‘The Choice’

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Reviewers praise ‘The Choice.’ The ombudsman agrees but some viewers do not.

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The Mailbag: Deploring ‘the Deplorables’

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Answering your own question, especially about Trump, is usually not a good idea.

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The Mailbag: Entering the World of ‘WikiLeaks’

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A NewsHour interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange produces some light, but some viewers see it darkly.

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The Mailbag: Hillary Clinton and a Sexist Double-Standard

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Viewers weigh-in on whether Clinton’s "voice" matters, or her "smile," or if she "connects."

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The Mailbag: A Mixed Bag as Some Viewers Saw the Conventions

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Covering political conventions is not an easy job and audiences are hard to please.

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The Mailbag: Speakers vs. Talkers

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Here’s Sen. Cory Booker, but now a word or two from our talking heads.

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Too Early to Call? The AP Got It Right but at What Cost?

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An early call by the AP on the Democratic nominee stirs a debate about the impact of a scoop.

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Ifill to Elkhart: ‘What Gives?’

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So what gives with that introduction to Wednesday night’s NewsHour special with the president in Indiana?

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The Mailbag: What to do About Bernie?

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Sanders continues to do well but some viewers think that is in spite of the coverage.

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The Mailbag: Rose, Sanders and, as They Say on the NewsHour, ‘Much More’

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Was Charlie Rose too tough on Bernie Sanders? And why was that CBS interview on PBS?

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