Because good reporting isn’t about facts, it’s about knowing in your heart of hearts that Barack Obama is a good guy. You just know. There would be no reason to investigate a raising politcian coming from the most corrupt city in the nation. None. Sarah Palin’s tanning bed? Now that’s something you could devote a good seven/eight pages to or maybe even a month long investigative series:
SCARBOROUGH: OK, then tell me this–yeah, Lizza’s the only one that wrote about it and he got kicked off the campaign plane. So here’s my question for you: if we know so much about this, answer this question. Did Barack Obama, was Barack Obama intimately involved in Blagojevich’s 2002 campaign?
HARWOOD: He was involved, I don’t know how intimately.
SCARBOROUGH: Why? Why don’t you know that?
HARWOOD: I’m not sure how to factor out the BS quotient in that quote you were talking about.
SCARBOROUGH: Why can’t you factor that out?
HARWOOD: Well, because it’s not a story I personally covered.
SCARBOROUGH: I know, but why didn’t somebody investigate this six months ago when Ryan Lizza wrote it? It’s pretty fascinating, because in 2008 we knew he was the most corrupt governor in America.
MIKE BARNICLE: Let me put my newspaper columnist/newspaper editor hat on for you to answer your question about Wasilla, Alaska as opposed to the Blagojevich administration.
SCARBOROUGH: Not Blagojevich–Barack Obama.
BARNICLE: Whatever. She was the next, new face. No one had ever heard of her. So you’re going to send as many people as you can afford up to Alaska to explain to the reading public who she is. You’re sitting there, you know Obama, you know the governor of Illinois –
SCARBOROUGH: You don’t know Obama. You can’t even tell me whether he ran the 2002 campaign of the most corrupt governor in America.
BARNICLE: I can tell you this much: he was a state senator then, and he ran that campaign about as much as I did.
SCARBOROUGH: Oh really? How do you know that?
BARNICLE: Just instinct.
SCARBOROUGH [at moment of screencap]: Newspaper editor: shouldn’t we have facts instead of instinct? That’s what everybody’s working on: instinct! You know what? I like him! So I expect that he’s a really good guy. I hope if I ever run for politics again, I am given this much benefit of the doubt.
And for the record, I believe Obama to be clean in this whole Blagojevich scandal, but it is truly amazing how badly the press failed the American people this compaign.