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How Media Newsworthiness Norms Have Sustained the Trump Candidacy

The mainstream news media's longstanding tools for determining what is or isn't newsworthy have proven inadequate to deal with the candidacy of Donald Trump. This, in part, is why the chattering class paid so much attention to the New York Times' lead headline of September 16, 2016: "Donald Trump Clung to 'Birther' Lie for Years, and Still Isn't Apologetic." Most unusual was not use of the word "lie" - though that too was atypical -- but its application to only one candidate.
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