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Luis BARRUETO is a journalist from Guatemala, currently working in trade policy at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). Studied business and finance journalism at Aarhus University in Denmark and City University London.
A few weeks ago, Vox's Carlos Maza rolled out this episode of Strikethrough, the Youtube series in which he tries to make sense of politics in the Trump era. And he pretty much explained that things have been going awry for quite a while now.
Over the past decades, Republicans in Congress have moved farther to the right/conservative side of the political spectrum, with Republican presidents following a similar path. Democrats, too, have moved farther from the center but in a less dramatic or salient manner.
For journalists, giving objective coverage to a party going "off the rails", as Maza says, is increasingly complicated. Citing political scholar Norman Ornstein, Maza argues that the Republican Party is "an insurgent outlier. It has become ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise".
And while the media has framed the confrontation as two sides, two parties, being unable to compromise, this ignores the fact that there may actually be one side that is sabotaging the entire discussion.
In a more recent episode, Maza actually goes in depth to explain why Fox News – the large, right-wing cable operation owned by Rupert Murdoch –, has actually become a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. It now appears to be a full blown campaign operation, actually.
Both these videos helped me make sense of the midterm election, and plenty of other political debates in the United States. I assure they will help you do the same.