The Statesman's chief political writer has a broad reporting range, and he needed it this year when he became the default InfoWars Correspondent, and the Village Explainer to the nation of Austin's Braying Demagogue. Faced with a surreal Jones child custody case in which it was impossible to discern the best outcome for the offspring, Tilove followed both that case and the larger cultural fallout – Jones' influence on the 2016 campaign and the Trump presidency – with a mixture of fascination and repulsion, and in exhausting detail. In the spirit of Zola's eating "The Toad," we suppose somebody had to do it, and congratulate Tilove on his very strong stomach and thorough digestion.
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