The Press: Prescience, with Caution

An overwhelming majority of the key reporters and pundits who write the day-to-day political stories for U.S. newspapers, radio and television are down-the-line liberal Democrats. To their professional credit, they did not permit their pro-Democratic bias to control their predictions of what would happen on Election Day. In general, the reporting-punditing press previewed the 1958 elections with considerable prescience and quite a lot of caution. They had the trend right, but in the main they were either unwilling to make specific forecasts or they underestimated the size of the Democratic...

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