Outside editorial: So you want to be president?

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2007

This editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

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The three top Democratic presidential candidates - Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards - have declined to participate in an autumn presidential debate for the frailest of reasons: because one co-sponsor is TV's conservative-leaning Fox News. (The other sponsor is the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.)

It's true that politicians and journalists often don't get along. But let's be clear here. Clinton, Obama and Edwards weren't going to be debating Fox News journalists. They would have been debating each other.

Candidates often feed scoops to favored reporters. They crave the friendly questions and the soft focus that help them appear to be commander in chief material. But here's what candidates look like when they attempt to choose which reporters are worthy to question them: fragile, egocentric and frightened of tough questions.

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