Love Affair Between Press, Obama Is On the Rocks

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By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 4:15 PM CDT
In this photograph provided by "Meet the Press," Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., appears on "Meet the Press."   (AP Photo/Meet The Press, Eric Thayer)
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(Newser) – Might the much ballyhooed love affair between the press and Barack Obama be coming to an end? Republicans watching coverage of his Europe trip would scoff, but Gabriel Sherman writes in the New Republic of a growing resentment between reporters on the trail and a campaign staff seen as more and more arrogant, secretive, and willing to freeze out reporters seen as uncooperative.

"They attacked me like I'm a political opponent," says Adam Nagourney of the New York Times, whose recent story on race caught the ire of the Obama camp. "I've never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others." Sherman notes that such sniping is standard stuff in any election race, but the overall vibe seems different now. The danger for Obama, he notes, is that the animosity will encourage reporters to challenge him even more—and play right into the hands of John McCain.