Katy Tur’s ‘Unbelievable’ Relives The 2016 Election, Whether We Want To Or Not

The Federalist | 10/13/2017 | Andrew Egger
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In the late spring of 2015, an NBC News correspondent living in Paris got a call from her bosses in New York: Can you come back to the states for a few weeks to cover a crazy circus-show presidential campaign? Donald Trump’s decided to run again.

Despite her lack of political reporting experience, Katy Tur agreed to check it out—and as Trump’s political profile grew, she became one of the most prominent journalistic voices on the election trail. At the same time, Tur became for Trump a sort of stand-in for everything he hated about the media: He singled her out for mockery as “Little Katy,” “incompetent,” “dishonest,” and a “third-rate reporter,” among other indignities. Thrust into the limelight this way, a less scrupulous reporter might have cashed in for a job offering wispy anti-Trump takes on #Resistance TV shows. To her credit, Tur wrote a book instead.

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The book in question is Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, an autobiographical account of the Trump campaign that Tur says “roiled America and with it, my little life.” It’s the story of how journalistic outsider Tur got paired with political outsider Trump, and how they drove each other crazy. It’s an inside look at how the sausage of TV news and political news is made. And it’s an invaluable account of a liberal writer’s struggle to understand the middle Americans who supported the current president.

Any book about the 2016 election begs the question: Didn’t this just happen? Trump’s campaign didn’t exactly slip by America unnoticed; for two crazy years, we couldn’t tear our eyes away as the billionaire TV star rampaged his way through the political world—and he hasn’t stopped rampaging yet. We remember the boisterous debates, the cruel nicknames for opponents, the jaw-dropping controversies that couldn’t sink...
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