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On the Stump, Robbins Slams Media

Tim Robbins declared to an Iowa City crowd, “I’m not Oprah,” as he joined John Edwards’ bus tour today.

Robbins declined to criticize Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post.

“Now, I like those other two,” Robbins said. “And should they get the nomination, we all know we’re going to band together to get the crooks and the liars to take a vacation from Washington.”

He also took the opportunity to criticize the media’s coverage of the race — something that the candidate himself has done.

“When I was here eight months ago with eight viable candidates running, we were being sold a fiction of this being a two-person race,” Robbins said.

And according to the AP, he also chided the media for its excessive coverage of celebrity over real issues.

“What if instead of 24-7 coverage of the most recent pop star’s fall from grace we would see 24-7 reporting of veterans returning from Iraq,” he said. “How do THEY feel about occupying a country and being caught in a crossfire of a civil war?”

Robbins added: “We are owed information, not gossip. And yes, celebrity culture is part of the problem. It’s not what I know, it’s what you know. It’s what the people who don’t have access to microphones in front them know.”

It’s a celebrity culture, of course, that campaigns are tapping into. Next up: Kevin Bacon, who will join the Edwards tour this weekend and even perform a few songs.

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