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Beat The Press

Many, many Democratic campaigns have tried to woo the press. From Clinton to Gore to Kerry, the Democrats have tried to get the mainstream media to call things down the line or even in their favor. And time and again Democrats get burnt. So I'm glad to see MSM folks like the NY Times' Adam Nagourney backing up the Waaaaahmbulance.

But, the next morning, Nagourney awoke to an e-mail from Talking Points Memo writer Greg Sargent asking him to comment on an eight-point rebuttal trashing his piece that the Obama campaign had released to reporters and bloggers like The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder and Politico's Ben Smith. Nagourney had not heard the complaints from the Obama camp and had no idea they were so steamed. 'I'm looking at this thing, and I'm like, 'What the hell is this?' ' Nagourney recently recalled. 'I really flipped out.'

Later that afternoon, Nagourney got permission from Times editors to e-mail Sargent a response to the Obama memo. But the episode still grates. 'I've never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others,' Nagourney tells me. 'I thought they crossed the line. If you have a problem with a story I write, call me first. I'm a big boy. I can handle it. But they never called. They attacked me like I'm a political opponent.'

That's because the mainstream media is a political opponent. The Bush administration has shown us that the press performs most favorably to a pol when the pol beats them around rather than tries to woo them. So the Obama team goes after the media - Lord knows there are enough reasons to - big deal. Suck it up.