From the Washington Post:

"While Michelle Obama was meeting with doctors and patients at the Upper Cardozo Health Center, nearly two dozen journalists stood behind a white rope in a small room upstairs, most finally growing so tired during the hour-long wait that they sat on the floor.

Finally the first lady emerged, read a short speech about releasing federal stimulus money for community health clinics — including $2.5 million for the Northwest Washington center — and greeted a handpicked audience with handshakes and hugs. Then she turned and left, and the press pool quietly filed out.

Rachel Swarns of the New York Times and The Washington Post's Robin Givhan were among those herded behind the rope Monday. They and the other main beat reporters — Newsweek's Allison Samuels, Darlene Superville of the Associated Press and Politico's Nia-Malika Henderson — have something in common: They are all African American women."

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"After all, no one raises questions when an Irish American male reporter covers a pol named Murphy."


Well, Mr. Kurtz, if these women are not gaining special access to the First Lady, what's your story exactly? That you notice all the black beat writers following a black person? That you, by your own admission, notice these individuals because they're not white beat writers following a white person?

That you wonder about these womens' ability to be impartial? Why?

Right now, almost NO ONE is being impartial in mainstream media regarding the Obamas. In fact, PROPS to Fox News for having the stones to go there (though they are wont to go over-the-top).


The BROWNTABLE tackles the "sistah girlfriend press corps" here.