An outsider’s perspective can often prove to be an invaluable catalyst for self-reflection. This election season has certainly shown that we Americans need it.
Staffers from several international news organizations aimed to provide such a catalyst with a discussion of global views on the 2016 presidential race at an event Monday at the Columbia Journalism School. The journalists, whose news organizations hail from Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East, shared public opinions from their home countries and the difficulty of explaining this campaign—and Donald Trump in particular—for global audiences. The group was rounded out by an opinion writer for The New York Times, which has recently announced ambitious plans for international expansion.