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[OPINION] Lessons from 2016 for the news media, as the ground shifts

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By Jim Rutenberg | The New York Times

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

Starting a weekly column about the nexus between media, technology, culture and politics in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign was like parachuting into a hail of machine-gun crossfire.

Dense smoke was everywhere as the candidates and their supporters unloaded on one another and, frequently, the news media, which more than occasionally was drawn into the fighting.

The territory that was at stake was the realm of the true, and how all sides would define it in the hyperpartisan debate to come under a new president.

With the campaign behind us and a new administration quickly taking shape, that territory remains very much in dispute.

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