Obama, Media Spar Over Coverage

Reporters turn tables on candidate, say Clinton got raw deal
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2008 4:40 PM CST

(Newser) – One day after a grueling press conference, Barack Obama told reporters they were buying into flimsy grievances about media bias, the New York Times reports. “I am a little surprised that all the complaining about the refs has worked,” he said of the Clinton camp's gripes. Indeed, journalists are rethinking the fairness of their coverage, and Greg Sargent of Talking Points Memo says reporting on Clinton "has often been unfair on a very fundamental level."

Sargent quotes a blogger who says she’s “borne the far greater brunt of media hatred and hostility” and another who predicts an effort “to rectify matters by going after Obama on a bunch of irrelevant, superficial stuff.” Dana Milbank of the Washington Post agrees he should beware: “The lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber” yesterday.