Journalists hit back at Obama criticism of campaign coverage

Political pundits and commentators harshly criticized a speech by President Obama where he took journalists to task for the way they were covering the presidential campaign. The president spoke at a journalism awards event and complained that world leaders are worried about the direction of the campaign and that reporters have failed to fact-check claims by candidates. Reuters: "The number one question I'm getting as I travel around the world or talk to world leaders right now is, 'What is happening in America?' about our politics," Obama said, describing international alarm over whether the United States will continue to function effectively. "It's not because around the world people have not seen crazy politics. It is that they understand America is the place where you can't afford completely crazy politics," he said. "When our elected officials and our political campaigns become entirely untethered to reason and facts...(Read Full Post)