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April 19, 2008

POLITICO: Obama's Secret Weapon: The Media:

The shower of indignation on Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos over the last few days is the clearest evidence yet that the Clintonites are fundamentally correct in their complaint that she has been flying throughout this campaign into a headwind of media favoritism for Obama.

Last fall, when NBC’s Tim Russert hazed Clinton with a bunch of similar questions—a mix of fair and impertinent—he got lots of gripes from Clinton supporters.

But there was nothing like the piling on from journalists rushing to validate the Obama criticisms and denouncing ABC’s performance as journalistically unsound. . . . The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon.

It's that thrill going down their leg. Meanwhile, Jules Crittenden comments: "Correct me if I’m wrong, but 'gotcha' suggests there’s something to be got."

UPDATE: The press considers the left-wing noise machine much more powerful than the one on the right -- but, of course, the press wants to be bulldozed by the left, really, so that's a considerable advantage . . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: Tom Maguire has some related thoughts.