The Weekly Wonk: How A Sex Scandal Changed Democracy

One week of presidential politics in the spring of 1987 changed political journalism forever and not for the better. So says noted political writer (and alumnus of three presidential campaign trails) Matt Bai in his new book, All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. On this episode, Bai speaks with Schmidt Family Fellow Christopher Leonard to tell us how Gary Hart’s failed presidential bid fundamentally shaped this modern age of political tabloid journalism and what he thinks that means for the future of democracy.

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Christopher Leonard was a New America Fellow, writing a book about Koch Industries. He is the author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business.