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Is Rand Paul’s media troubles linked to layoffs in local media? June 18, 2010

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green has proposed an interesting thesis: Kentucky Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Rand Paul, has flopped in recent interviews with the national media because layoffs in the local media decreased the chances that he’d be scrutinized in the primary period. Greg Marx from the Columbia Journalism Review, though, has called this perspective bunk, claiming that the local press corps was weak but managed to do some investigative reports. Additionally, Marx attributed any weakness to weaknesses inherent in modern media coverage in general.

To see one of Paul’s terrible interviews referenced in the articles above, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1. After reading the articles referenced above, who do you think made the best argument about Rand Paul’s troubles?

2. Whether or not Green was right about the local media and Paul’s troubles, is he right in general about the link between local layoffs and the consequences for political campaigns?

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