Dean Reynolds, CBS News: Reporter’s Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives – From The Road: Maybe a front-running campaign like Obama’s that is focused solely on victory doesn’t have the time to do the mundane things like print up schedules or attend to the needs of reporters. But in politics, everything that goes around comes around.
This is a threat to punish Obama with negative coverage because his staff is not as, whimper, attentive to reporters as it should be. Because the candidate has a fuller schedule that leaves less time for “relaxing,” as the journalist says.
Oh, the humanity!
This is reminiscent of the 2000 campaign, when Al Gore was insufficiently fawning of the press and when the Bush campaign realized that if you cater to the physical needs of the reporters they’ll file more friendly stories. Bush pretended to personally like the reporters, while Gore made no secret of his overall disdain for shallow political coverage.
Guess whose coverage was vastly more friendly. Yep.
What this says about journalistic integrity is frightening, but it’s a reality.