The Backchannel

Extremely Offline: Daniel Marans and Joe Simonson on the 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign Trail

July 27, 2019 Zaid Jilani and Leighton Woodhouse Season 1 Episode 15
The Backchannel
Extremely Offline: Daniel Marans and Joe Simonson on the 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign Trail
Show Notes

There's no one who knows the mood of voters who attend presidential campaign events more than the political reporters who are on the trail. While pundits in DC and New York opine on what voters are supposed to care about, these reporters are actually on the ground taking the temperature of the electorate in realtime.

Daniel Marans, a reporter at the left-of-center Huffington Post, has attended events with nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates, and his reporting offers unique perspectives about what voters actually care about versus what we're told they care about on cable news shows. 

Joe Simonson, of the right-of-center Washington Examiner, is doing the same thing, flying around the country following candidates around and talking to the voters who will decide the Democratic nominee. 

These reporters disagree on plenty of things politically, but they share a desire to report out the ground truth of the 2020 presidential election. On this episode, they offer their insight as to what the mainstream media is missing about the Democratic presidential primary.