Getting It Straight

From the campaign to the financial crisis, in print and online, TIME is taking new approaches to meet a familiar goal: giving you the truth

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The nominees brought national service to the forefront.

These days, the press can't help being a player in the presidential campaign. We're the moderator--for better or for worse. The candidates talk to the public through the media, and the public talks to the candidates through our polls. The 24/7 news cycle--cable television, the Internet, the blogosphere--has the effect of trivializing big stories and making big stories out of trivial ones. It's disingenuous to say we're just the messenger, because we're often the message too.

There comes a time in every presidential campaign when the political parties attack the media. The high-water mark of that thus far was the Republican...

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