Matt Bai takes on the tabloidization of the political news

The year was 1987, and Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, aiming for the White House, got sidelined when the Miami Herald caught him in the company of a woman other than his wife. In Matt Bai's analysis, Hart was done in by a conjunction of sexual politics and a new media romance with “gotcha” reportage. Bai, once with the New York Times Magazine and now chief political columnist for Yahoo News, has revisited that year and that candidate in “All the Truth Is Out, the Week Politics Went Tabloid.” The title comes from a Yeats poem, a favorite of Hart's. In the book, Bai argues that while Hart lost his shot at the White House in 1987, American politics and...