journalism feasts on misery: War, plague, famine, flood and deadly
storms. We’re addicted to bad news. It’s our most pervasive bias. Audiences
love it. It’s generally profitable and a reliable career ladder. Maybe
it’s because outcomes are uncertain and that tension, so vital to
successful storytelling, is omnipresent. That’s why we cover
politics as a horse race rather than maintain our focus on the
substance of candidates’ visions of what our nation should be.