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“In some cases, we’ve lost a big con­nec­tion to what’s be­yond the East and West Coasts. Jour­nal­ists need to be more in touch with what the en­tire coun­try is think­ing, not just the elites.” Now there’s a thought. The quote is from Dan Balz, chief po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent for The Wash­ing­ton Post, de­liv­ered to a re­cent me­dia panel which in­cluded Hal­lie Jack­son, NBC News chief White House cor­re­spon­dent; Domenico Mon­ta­naro, NPR’s lead po­lit­i­cal edi­tor; Shan­non Pet­ty­p­iece, White House cor­re­spon­dent for Bloomberg News; and Jamelle Bouie, chief po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent for Slate. com.

Mr. Balz was the moder­a­tor for the public event, staged by St. Anselm Col­lege’s New Hamp­shire In­sti­tute of Pol­i­tics. One of the jour­nal­ists, mean­while, had a pos­i­tive take on Pres­i­dent Trump’s fre­quent tweets.

“It’s what he’s re­ally think­ing, not a crafted mes­sage from me­dia pro­fes­sion­als,” Mr. Mon­ta­naro told his peers.

“I see it as a state­ment of pol­icy. These are the pres­i­dent’s words. He is not per­form­ing. This is the way he feels,” said Ms. Jack­son.

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