By Andrew McCarthy and Ryan LizzaWashington Post Staff WritersThe Trump administration is in a state of crisis, with the president embroiled in a legal battle with the Justice Department and congressional Republicans threatening to unravel his health care overhaul.
But while the administration’s problems and challenges are troubling, it is also an opportunity to explore how Americans in the 21st century can write about it, with some caveats.
One important lesson: We’re not all in this together.
We need to talk about what the president and his administration are doing.
The president is a powerful figure, but he’s also an individual, a leader and a product of his time.
In our modern era, leaders are defined by their accomplishments.
And if the people around the president don’t like what they see, they’re going to have to say so.
It’s time to start thinking about how to tell stories about our nation’s leaders and their policies, in ways that are different than the way you would write about a person like Trump, or a presidential candidate.
In an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, journalist Ryan Liss-Riordan, who wrote the best-selling book, The Presidency: Inside the Presidency of Donald Trump, described his approach.
I want to make sure that if you write about an individual like Donald Trump or the Trump administration that it’s not just because you think it’s the right thing to do.
It’s because you want to be fair.
I’m not interested in being the best reporter on the subject.
I just want to do my job.
So I want my book to be a story of America, of how it was before, and how it is now, and why it’s so difficult to see through the lens of an individual’s life.
It will be the story of a great American president who is trying to lead his people, and it will be about the people who are not only his political enemies, but also his ideological enemies.
Liss-Robinson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the Clintons, Bill Clinton, and the Obama White House.
He is the author of the book, What Went Wrong?
The Politics of President Trump.
The story he is telling is one that has been told for generations.
In the 1940s, Liss’ father, who was a newspaperman in New York, wrote a book about the Civil War, which he called “The Civil War: The Story of America.”
His father, L.L. Burnham, had been a journalist, and he wrote about the politics of the war.
And Liss and his father both loved the Civil Wars.
The two men grew up watching the war from their bedroom windows, and they loved the conflict so much that they published a series of books on the conflict.LISSON: In my book, I want you to think of the Civil Rights era as the golden age of journalism, a time when people in every country in the world could get a newspaper, because people could see the world in black and white.
The idea of a paper that was not owned by white people was very rare.LISS-RIOLAN: I’m a big fan of the idea of black reporters as a class.
The American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, when journalists were given jobs, they were black, they had to write in black, and when they got to the top, they would write a book that they believed would expose the racism in their own country.LISA LISSON, AUTHOR, WHAT WAS WRONG?: The idea that there was something that the press had not done to expose the discrimination in America was not new.
Liss is also a longtime champion of Black Lives Matter, and so he was interested in writing about the struggle for racial justice and its relationship to journalism.
LISONS: I wanted to write that book about Black Lives, because the idea that we could go back and look at the Civil rights movement and talk about how it got started, the kind of coverage it got, was just as important to me as the politics.LISCOSKI: My dad was a very talented journalist, but it’s a good thing that he went into journalism.
And I’m very proud of the way that I wrote about him.
I didn’t write it for him.
He wrote it for me.LINCZY: The thing I like about my dad’s work is that it really was a reflection of the world that we live in.
He was not looking to write for a particular audience.
He knew that he was writing about a particular kind of life, and his work reflected the world.
But I’m also very interested in the fact that his book was a story about America and the challenges that America faced in the 60s and 70s.
And in that era, there were no Black people, no Black newspapers, no protests, no riots, no demonstrations.
The press just wasn’t going