Photo: Students line up to ask questions of the team from The Washington Post — media columnist Margaret Sullivan, left, former executive editor and current Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Cronkite Leonard Downie Jr., and political reporter Philip Rucker — as they discuss the media’s coverage in the 2016 presidential election. Sullivan, Downie and Rucker joined the Cronkite School from ASU’s offices in Washington, D.C. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Bizarre presidential campaign leaves the press gobsmacked

Panelists at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication discuss difficulties of covering election

No one saw this coming.

“It’s been such a bizarre campaign,” said media columnist Margaret Sullivan. “I wouldn’t give the media particularly high grades in covering this campaign. … I don’t think we’re coming out of this smelling like a rose at all.”

Washington Post political reporter Philip Rucker and Sullivan joined Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor of the Post and Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, to analyze the media’s coverage of the 2016 election.

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