Crushing on Obama

Reporters have a crush on Barack Obama. Could that help John McCain win the election?

Drew Friedman for TIME

In the closing days of the 1992 presidential campaign, President George H.W. Bush took to waving a bumper sticker with the slogan ANNOY THE MEDIA/RE-ELECT BUSH. Four years later, Senator Bob Dole asked voters to "rise up" against media that were trying to "steal this election." Complaining about the liberal media is a signature of losing Republican campaigns. It doesn't work because whining doesn't look presidential and because annoying the media tends to be pretty low on voters' to-do lists.

But now John McCain, who once enjoyed excellent relations with reporters, is criticizing the press. Frustrated by his inability to get...

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