Susan J. Demas: Clinton, Trump and the problem with presidential race coverage

If there's one constant complaint I hear about the media, it's that they're biased.

Most shrieking comes from conservatives, but liberals complain, too. I've been shocked how many people really think there's some secret society of  journalists plotting how to sabotage their favored candidate or cause.

While "bias" charges are largely overblown — working the refs is a time-honored tradition in sports and politics alike — there are real problems of journalistic laziness and oversimplification.
You see it in presidential race coverage. Issues take a back seat to relentless stories about polls, fundraising and personalities. They're easier to do — and there's a market for them.

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