Unofficial secrets

The other day, I poked at the Telegraph’s Toby Harnden for whining about Clinton’s campaign being not as nice to the press as Obama’s. He emailed me wondering why I gave him a slap when I argue for transparency in the press — and besides, it came in a blog — which is a fair point. But I responded: “But in there was an attitude I saw in many reporters’ notebooks and columns and analyses — other nonstories: that the campaigns should be nice to us. Where does that presumption come from? Indeed, isn’t that a little close for comfort? I’m not saying we need to be hostile. . . . But our readers really shouldn’t care about the campaigns’ skills at flacking us and about our inconvenience.” So where’s the line between whining and reporting? I’m not sure. Now I see this video from my colleague at the Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg, coming up against an Obama wall when she tries to interview campaign supporters at headquarters and at a rally and the campaign flunkies try to stop her. She calls that paranoia. Is that complaining or reporting? You decide.

  • the link to the video doesn’t work. would love to see it. thanks.

  • Here you go, Mary:

    The Obama people come off as controlling and not as fans of the press. But the Guardian’s reporter comes off as a bit of a know-it-all. “Is this your first campaign? … Because I’ve been doing this for a long time, and …” Nobody comes out of the video looking especially good.

  • Paul Neely

    “Paranoia,” when used properly, is a medical diagnosis, and a quite drastic one at that. Someone who uses it as a loose insult is almost always overstating the case.