Not only do they go just to political rallies, they are now corralled in media pens behind barricades or ropes, further and further away from the candidates.
Media is allowing the normalization of media vilification as well, but media is slow to react with building audience trust so they kinda deserve it. Pieces like this should have been published LAST YEAR before hand, not running along after the parade, only then realizing their pants were wet because the elephant took a piss instead of the naked emperor claiming it to be rain.
Media needs to verify, not just report out. Jeff Jarvis had a piece here on medium recently. Seek it out; it’s a good read.