Media turning on Obama?

The honeymoon appears to be over between Barrack Obama and journalists frequently chided by Hillary Clinton supporters for being too soft on the senator from Illinois.

Howard Kurtz, noted media critic for the Washington Post,

After more than a year of mostly glowing coverage, Barack Obama is having to defend his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his temerity in not sporting a flag pin, even his arugula-loving, bad-bowling, let-me-eat-my-waffle persona that fostered what Newsweek has branded “the Bubba Gap.”

“The media have decided to get tougher on Obama,” says St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans. “There was so much talk about him getting such an easy ride that some journalists got tired of it.”

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The story quotes Rutgers professor David Greenberg, who noted that for the journalists “there has been a real infatuation with Obama that has served as almost an unconscious restraint.” He indicated that the media have only toughened up on Obama recently because he is all but assured the victory over Clinton.

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