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Foreigners on the Campaign Trail


The Guardian’s Stephen Armstrong has an interesting piece on how the foreign press struggles to cover the election here, a group of reporters that one Kerry aide noted were about as “useful as lice.” It’s been my experience that the international reporters often know more about politics here than many of their American counterparts, and they seem to have an easier time breaking away from the horse-race analysis, and noticing things we miss.

U.S. journalists might have similar problems covering overseas elections, though I should note that American reporters working in the Middle East rarely have to prove their importance, no matter whom they work for. Regardless, there is little equality on our (very expensive) campaign trail, so like their independent/alternative colleagues, the internationals often content themselves with all the good stuff on the edges.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 1, 2004


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