If you haven't heard, Politico is in a spat with the White House for what they believe is a president who's isolated and afraid to do hard-hitting interviews. It's a ridiculous piece, since Politico is the definition of hack journalism (seriously, check out John Cook's (Gawker) Twitter feed - he posts an interview Mike Allen did with George W. Bush in '08 ... check out the questions).
Anyway, Gawker, Esquire, and a few other blogs have called 'em out on their bullshit.
Every sportswriter learns one simple rule in a very quick hurry — namely, that nobody out in your readership cares how hard you think your job is. People, to paraphrase Michael J. Fox's channelling of the Stephanoplouli in The American President, don't give a damn about your problems, they give a damn about their own. Therefore, columns about media shuttles being late, or cold food in the press room, or the quality of the bath towels in the headquarters hotels become the object of swift and righteous ridicule on the part of the people who read them. This is a lesson apparently lost on the elite political press, and especially on the presiding geniuses behind Tiger Beat On The Potomac. But, first, here's Mike McCurry being completely silly.
More media whiners. Where were these fools in 2003 when Bush was getting ready to go to war?!