Horse- race journalism

Journalists need to stop covering elections like horse races. Don’t obsess over who’s winning—help us decide who to vote for.

Horse-race journalism perpetuates the image of journalists as detached observers.

The horse race fills the insatiable news hole. Every day, a new poll or gaffe. Candidates’ stands on the issues, their experience and competence don’t change much over the course of a campaign—they don’t make news—but they are more important.

Mitch Wagner @MitchW