Has McClatchy served its readers by investigating candidate Barack Obama?
The answer is a definite No.
In their election coverage, McClatchy reporters avoided the vast unexplored regions of Barack Obama's history and record -- they spent their efforts "debunking" charges from FOX News instead of focusing on Obama's actual history. For starters, here's a list of Obama's history that is unknown to the American public and completely unexamined by McClatchy:
- Occidental College records — Not released
- Columbia College records — Not released
- Columbia Thesis paper — ‘not available’
- Harvard College records — Not released
- Medical records — Not released
- Illinois State Senate schedule — ‘not available’
- Law practice client list — Not released
- Harvard Law Review articles published — None
- University of Chicago scholarly articles — None
- Illinois State Senate records—'not available'
Room for alot a investigative journalism in those areas. But from McClathy there was no digging, no curiosity. Not even a hint of effort.
When McClatchy reporters did cover areas that could be damaging to Obama's candidacy (ie, stories on Bill Ayers), the articles in many ways were indistinguishable from Obama campaign talking points. Literally. And when reporters quoted "experts" in articles favorable to Obama, the "experts" often turned out to be Obama partisans (here and here), or worse, Obama donors (see here and here).
Unfortunately, McClatchy readers know more about the history of Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber.