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How Asymmetry Fries the Circuits of the Political Machine

How Asymmetry Fries the Circuits of the Political Machine

Donald Trump is shattering civic norms at a terrifying clip. Since the end of the Democratic convention last week, he has lobbed anti-Muslim insults at the family of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq; tried to weasel out of the presidential debates; encouraged women being sexually harassed at work to find new careers; attempted to delegitimize any election result in which he doesn’t win; and, oh yeah, booted a crying baby from his rally.

The pace of his outrages, and their unconventional nature make covering him as a politician difficult for the media, and running against him an unusual task for his rival, Hillary Clinton.

All of this raises a question on which the future of American democracy hangs: can our institutions defeat Trump, without fundamentally changing themselves? NYU journalism professor and press critic Jay Rosen of joins us to solve all of our country's problems..