The Post hasn’t named all the players on its White House team, though an announcement will be coming soon. One of them is Ashley Parker, a reporter The Post hired away from the New York Times after the election.
A “far larger” congressional team is also taking form at The Post, notes Wilson. “We are also increasing the size of our desk responsibility for coverage of issues and breaking news outside the Beltway by more than 50 percent,” he writes via email. “So we’re not just strengthening our Washington coverage, but also our journalism that is designed to explore and explain the country.”
The country needs explaining. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise victory, the mainstream media has sustained a great deal of criticism regarding its assessment of the movement behind Trump. Wilson, however, says that the coverage expansion isn’t hitched to that backlash. “I’m proud of how early we took him seriously. That said, this is a moment when a divisive, unorthodox election has revealed much about the concerns, prevalent among political partisans and agnostics alike, over the direction of the country. We intend to define, explain and understand those concerns and their causes.”
More to come from the Erik Wemple Blog on White House deployments.