Sucking up to the source: beat sweeteners

Amusing but realistic report on how Washington press corps are sucking up to Obama’s media and PR people, offering flatering profiles in what is a rite of passage: beat reporters trying to get access to the new team. This lasts for a two, three months, then the usual relationship sets in: “an ambivalent ‘love-hate’ relationship, fraught with conflict, sustained by professional interdependence, and tempered through negotiation.” (Brian Biggar) Thanks to Tyler McMurchy for sending me this.

Politico.com, March 3 2009

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