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One Day Before Fate of Free World Could Be Decided, Media Grow a Pair
Tough questions for the tough question askers

"As far as I can tell," Tucker Carlson said on MSNBC this afternoon, "we have been swooning for Barack Obama. … Virtually every reporter I know gives Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt, for a bunch of different reasons."

The exigence for this discussion? Saturday Night frickin' Live. Nevermind how sad that is, but it's totally true. WaPo's Dana Milbank even says so.

This weekend made the second straight SNL where Obama's favoritism was headlined. Which means it took not one, but two parodies to get the press corps to finally fall out of line: Yesterday, some hard(er) questions were tossed Barack's way. Too bad the fate of the Democratic nominee might be sealed up today. So, um, too late but thanks for trying?

What went down yesterday follows.

Reports Milbank:

The day before primaries in Ohio and Texas that could effectively seal the Democratic presidential nomination for him, a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog.

Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama's trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.

Obama responded with the classic phrases of a politician in trouble. "That was the information that I had at the time. . . . Those charges are completely unrelated to me. . . . I have said that that was a mistake. . . . The fact pattern remains unchanged."

When those failed, Obama tried another approach. "We're running late," the candidate said, and then he disappeared behind a curtain.

Mar 4, 2008 · Link · 3 Responses
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  • Comments (3)
    No. 1 Marsha B says:

    What is the Jewish vote and what does it stand for? Do all Jews think the same way, then?

    Posted: Mar 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    No. 2 Hillary says:

    It'about time the press got tough w/ Obama, Hill has taken bricks to the head for the past few months, it has been blatant every step of the way. If she doesn't get the nomination you can count on a Republican president because B.O. is not going to sustain by giving his veiled answers for the next 8 months. Even Oprah won't be able to help him. You can see he is being prompted every step of the way, every word he says is calculated,

    Posted: Mar 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    No. 3 tony the tiger says:

    I went to law school with Obama….I joined law review while he was president of law review (which was just a popularity contest)…the president of law review was expected to arrange symposiums, special topics for law review and be active on campus but he did absolutely nothing except sit passively by while other people did all the work….we were all outraged…just as he did nothing in the Illinois Senate for seven years (all of the legislation attributed to him in his final year in the Illinois Senate was actually proposed and drafted by other people…they just gave him credit to help win his Senate seat) and of course we all know he did nothing in the U.S. Senate for three years….except screw up a few legislative initiatives and of course preside over a committee that never met…and this joker is supposed to be the agent of change? this is all a huge ego trip for him

    Posted: Mar 4, 2008 at 7:42 pm
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