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You Call This Investigative Journalism?

BY EDWARD KLEIN/ May 17, 2016

Here are some Q & A’s to ponder about the current state of American journalism:

bob woodward

Bob Woodward

Q: When was the last time a major American newspaper announced in advance that it was going to unleash an army of reporters on a candidate running for president?

A: Never—until Bob Woodward revealed last week that the Washington Post has assigned 20 staffers to dig into “every phase” of Donald Trump’s life.

Q: Who authorized the commitment of so many reporters?

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

A: Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon.com, who is a contributor to Democratic candidates and, with his wife MacKenzie, a major supporter of gay marriage.

Q: Will the Washington Post assign an equal number of reporters to Hillary Clinton?

A: “It’s not necessarily the number of people,” Woodward hedged, “it’s who’s working on it.”

Q: How many words did reporters Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey of The New York Times devote to their story: “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.”

Michael Barbaro

Michael Barbaro

Meghan Twohey

Meghan Twohey

A: 5,580 words.

Q: Who was the first “abused” woman The Times mentioned?

A: Rowanne Brewer Lane.

Q: What did Rowanne Brew Lane have to say about The Times piece?

A: ”I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump,” she told Politico, “and I don’t appreciate [The Times] making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not.”