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Connections: How News Departments Cover Political Scandals

Mar 8, 2016

When is a scandal worth reporting? And when is a politician's sex life his or her own business?

Members of our media panel discuss how they (and their colleagues) decide which stories should be covered, and which should be left alone. And we trace the roots of the modern news media's scandal coverage to Senator Gary Hart, who was on track to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988 before scandal took him down. Hart might have thought he was playing by the old rules, but things changed. Is that a positive development? Our guests: