…even if you aren’t a reporter. I don’t have a fraction of Jake Tapper’s experience when it comes to following campaigns*, but I can tell you that what experience that I do have match up with his 13 pieces of advice for new reporters. Particularly #8:
No 8 – Even the people who you like and trust on the campaign will lie to you.
Nah, it doesn’t bug me anymore. Much. Politics and sausage, folks: politics and sausage.
*I cover conventions and specific events, and I don’t travel with campaigns. At that, I do more field work than many sites do.