U.S. Media Outlets Aren’t Ready for Russia’s Election Interference

An election official works during an exercise to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections, in Springfield, Va., Dec. 16, 2019 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
An election official works during an exercise to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections, in Springfield, Va., Dec. 16, 2019 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

If recent history is any guide, the United States is less than a year away from a paralyzing national security crisis. Whether President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger wins in November, revelations that Russia is once again interfering in the 2020 presidential election all but guarantee that the legitimacy of the electoral results will be called into question, potentially undermining the country’s very political stability. One way to guard against that looming threat is for media outlets, which frame how most Americans understand foreign meddling, to make a major course correction in how they cover and respond to Russia’s […]

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