Ben Smith Key figures from US media, including Dean Baquet, Ben Smith, Jorge Ramos, and Margaret Sullivan, describe their fears and ideas for covering the 2020 election (The Guardian)

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Key figures from US media, including Dean Baquet, Ben Smith, Jorge Ramos, and Margaret Sullivan, describe their fears and ideas for covering the 2020 election  —  Key figures from major US newspapers, news sites and TV describe their fears about covering this year’s election – and ideas on how to get it right

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