Boas: Is 'Politainment' Responsible For Our Political Divide?

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 12:12pm
Updated: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 3:14pm
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The Show regularly checks in with Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic to talk about the big issues facing the state and the region — featured in the newspaper’s Viewpoints section.

For several years, the lines have seemingly blurred between reporting and opinion. Examples of this are prevalent every night on cable news networks and online publications. That, additionally, has affected how elected officials and candidates for office approach comments, interviews and debates.

Republican consultant Nathan Sproul wrote about that in the Arizona Republic, even using the term “politainment” to indicate the merging of politics and entertainment.

Phil Boas, editorial director of the Arizona Republic, joined The Show for his weekly appearance to talk about the column.

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