Magazine article American Journalism Review

What Journalist Would You like to See Run for President?

Magazine article American Journalism Review

What Journalist Would You like to See Run for President?

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MICHAEL COLEMAN, Washington correspondent Albuquerque Journal "I'd say Mr. David Broder. He's got the experience, and he understands the issues.... I don't think he'd tarnish the White House with shadowy arms deals or sordid sex scandals. Although he may not have the television presence."

WALTER SHAPIRO, columnist, USA Today "I think journalists should be disenfranchised from running for office.... [J]ust look at the record. There's Al Gore, the newspaper reporter turned politician who went 60 days without a press conference. Also, the sainted Warren Harding was a newspaperman. Horace Greeley did get the nomination in 1872, but his campaign against Grant is not talked about in the same esteem as are the Lincoln-Douglas debates. And of course Dan Quayle comes from a famous newspaper family. I really don't think reporters and editors understand what it is to exercise power."

KEVIN FAGAN, general assignment reporter, San Francisco Chronicle "Rick Bragg--he's my hero. He's got a common touch for the people, and that's what these jerks in the White House need."

MICHAEL MINER, senior editor, Chicago Reader "Journalists I admire who have extensive executive experience and could step in and set this country right can be counted on the fingers of one nose. So I suppose I must say Al Gore, on the premise of once a journalist, always a journalist. Surely a better man for his time at the Nashville Tennessean, he's been in politics long enough to learn it. …

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