Should Reporters Challenge or Ignore Election Disbelievers?

Many in the news business believe that a journalist’s role is to question ideas and point out inaccuracies or outright fictions, not to pretend they don’t exist.

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Chuck Todd appears at the 2018 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York on May 14, 2018, from left, Chris Wallace moderates a debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at UNLV in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2016 and CNN news anchor Jake Tapper at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York on May 15, 2019. Todd Wallace and Tapper host Sunday morning shows on NBC, FOX News and CNN respectively. (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Negrin’s campaign to ban “election deniers” from television news failed to achieve his original goal, which was to prevent a significant number of Americans from believing the lie that Donald Trump didn’t lose the presidential election to Joe Biden. Instead, it has provoked a persistent debate over the role of political journalists, along with illustrating how television news and the politicians who depend upon its cameras have changed. Negrin, a…

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