For as long as there has been politics, there have been sex scandals.
But what is new, Yahoo political columnist Matt Bai writes in a new book “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” is the media’s tabloid-style obsession with the personal lives of our political leaders — an obsession that he argues has resulted in the corruption of modern political reporting.
Bai traces the beginning of the tabloid-style era of political reporting to 1987, when the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, whom Bai describes as the “Hillary Clinton of his moment,” fell apart after reports surfaced that he was having an extramarital affair.
“It unravels in the kind of scandal and sensationalism that had never existed in presidential politics before that moment,” Bai told “Politics Confidential” in an interview.
“Because all of these things churning in the culture — from the effects of Watergate to the birth of satellite television to the changingRead More »from When politics went tabloid: Reporter Matt Bai says it began with the 1987 downfall of Gary Hart