Dana Milbank was the White House correspondent for The Washington Post from 2001 to 2005, and remains a staff reporter for the Post. In the film he recalls some of the Bush administration’s tactics for avoiding the truth, noting that the administration is “getting better and better at controlling the message, keeping internal deliberations to themselves.”
What story (or stories) have you worked on since filming wrapped on DEMOCRACY ON DEADLINE?
I've been writing an observational column thrice weekly called Washington Sketch.
What do you think of the present and future of independent journalism?
The future of journalism generally seems increasingly bleak. We're suffering from declining circulation, staff cuts, shrinking news budgets and concern that the Web will not be profitable enough to replace the print edition.
How has technology influenced your job?
Technology has made researching and filing far easier, improving the quality of journalism. But it has also fragmented the media market, making it harder than ever to justify journalism as a business proposition.
How do you find your stories?
Because I write about the Washington scene, my main source is the daily schedule of events.
Read more by Dana Milbank:
Smashmouth: Two Years in the Gutter with Al Gore and George W. Bush
By Dana Milbank
(Basic Books, 2001)
The Washington Post: Washington Sketch
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