With all eyes on the Republican convention this week, it seems important to ask: What role did journalists play in launching the candidacy of Donald Trump? A huge role, according to a new study from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. You can read the report here. It concludes:
“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee. Although he subsequently tapped a political nerve, journalists fueled his launch.”
The journalists at Round Earth aren’t covering the campaign directly (our mission is to report from outside the US or in the US on issues like immigration that have an international connection).