Have Our Politicians Become Boring?

All the Truth Is Out

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Have our politicians gotten more boring? Yes, says Yahoo! News national political columnist Matt Bai. New technology—both social media and the 24-hour cable news cycle—have made political candidates particularly cautious about saying anything remotely controversial or nuanced. But there also has been a deeper cultural shift: Our media has stopped covering candidates’ views and instead focuses relentlessly on their character. Bai visits Zócalo to discuss whether the media’s obsession with scandal has ruined American politics. Below is an excerpt from his new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week …

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