CBS News reports in its article End Of The Obama Affair reports that tensions are building among the Obama campaign and members of the media due to hyper-control of biographical and other information.
Reporters who have covered Obama's biography or his problems with certain voter blocs have been challenged the most aggressively. "They're terrified of people poking around Obama's life," one reporter says. "The whole Obama narrative is built around this narrative that Obama and David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it's not entirely true. So they have to be protective of the crown jewels." Another reporter notes that, during the last year, Obama's old friends and Harvard classmates were requested not to talk to the press without permission.
This is what's troubling about Senator Obama, no on really knows who he is, and the media is partly to blame. Their job isn't to ogle the candidates it's to find out information, and most just aren't willing to do that. Many reports out this week show that the media is miffed that the McCain campaign called them on their Obama love fest. They routinely site that Senator McCain in 2000 jokingly referred to the media as his base as proof that they aren't bias. However, anyone with eyes and ears can tell that this year Obama is their paramour.
The problem with the obsession is that no one is reporting on facts and issues. Still no one has asked if Senator Obama believes in 'black liberation theology'. No one has asked why he has some many ties to shady people like William Ayers or Tony Rezco. No one asks why he hasn't conducted hearings on Afghanistan as committee chair. No one has asked him about the money directed to Reverend Pfleger's church while he was in the Illinois state Senate. These are fair questions for a presidential candidate, yet the media sits on its hands and belly-aches when anyone points out that they are not doing their job, and the public misses out on important information.