A more nuanced depiction of voters and issues can help newsrooms better report on elections and political campaigns

In writing about Sarah Palin and her 2022 bid for Congress, T.A. Frank made a promise to readers — and to himself. A past Palin critic, Frank set out on the reporting with “an avowedly open mind,” as he wrote in The Washington Post in July. He pledged to “fight my own mental shortcutssuch as viewing her moneymaking pursuits as cynical — and come up with the most generous theories of Palin that I could, given the facts on hand. It’s something we ought to be doing more of these days, anyway, if we’re to feel our way back to getting along.”

Celeste Katz Marston

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