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July 28, 2008 1:30 AM

Obama's press

Posted by Lynne Varner

Journalists have a dirty little secret: we aren't the snarling pack of watchdogs the First Amendment gave us permission to be. We're actually a genial bunch, prone to joking with power brokers, asking after their little ones and enjoying the rush of self-importance when they ask after ours.

Framed this way, journalism's love affair with Sen. Barack Obama - the kind that stills pens and makes hearts flutter even as internal voices mutter, 'snap out of it!' is understandable, yet worrisome.


Eric Devericks/The Seattle Times


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