The media’s coverage of Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign is already different. After his first two campaigns, it seems news outlets have learned some valuable lessons.
Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he is running for president in 2024 wasn’t a media circus like in the past. Some networks even cut away from his first speech of the campaign.
Lylah Alphonse, Rhode Island editor of The Boston Globe, said on Greater Boston that members of the press have an obligation to put things into context for their audience when Trump speaks. This means pointing out the former president often lies and his involvement in inspiring or inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“I think it’s important to offer that context, I think it’s irresponsible to cover what he’s saying and doing now without that context,” Alphonse said.
Tom Fiedler, former dean of the Boston University College of Communication, noted that live television is the trickiest medium to fact-check Trump in real time.
“We’ve got to be prepared to cover him. We can’t ignore him. We would do that at our peril because he has a following,” Fiedler said.
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