Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Colleen McCain Nelson will present “Politics and the Press: Testing the Trump Playbook in 2020” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University.
Amidst constant cries of “fake news,” tweet storms and a never-ending news cycle, the traditional rules of engagement and fact-checking no longer apply. As a result, outrageous claims sometimes go unchecked, untrue statements go uncorrected, and many candidates aren’t held accountable for their words or actions. Is this the new normal?
Nelson is the national opinion editor for the McClatchy publishing company and the editorial page editor for The Kansas City Star. Drawing on her experience covering three presidential campaigns she will discuss the relationship between the press and politicians – and the coverage that results – has changed in ways large and small; gradually during the previous two administrations and then radically during the Trump era.
The presentation will be sponsored by the Institute of International Studies and the International and Political Affairs program. Dr. Nicholas Nicoletti will serve as moderator.
Nelson is a former White House correspondent and national political reporter who has chronicled three presidential campaigns. As a White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she wrote about the policies, politics and personalities in President Barack Obama’s administration.
She previously worked at The Dallas Morning News, where she wrote about local, state and national politics as a reporter and, later, as an editorial writer and as a columnist.
In 2010, Nelson and two of her colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, recognition for a series of editorials that condemned the stark economic and social disparity separating Dallas’ thriving northern half and struggling southern half.
She grew up in Salina, Kan., and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas.