When Journalists Became Scandal Mongers and Politicians Became Celebrities

Matt Bai on a Fundamental Shift in the Relationship Between the Political and the Private in America

Matt Miller, Matt Bai

Discussing how the media covers politics—and political scandals—is “one of the most important conversations we can have” about our democracy, KCRW Left, Right & Center host Matt Miller told a crowd at the Downtown Independent. Miller was moderating an event on this subject with Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid.

Bai became interested in the intersection of scandal and political journalism in 2002, when he wrote an article about former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, who was contemplating a …

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