That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
As Barack Obama gets the endorsement of Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy today, there’s one JFK comparison that they won’t be making: His relationship with the press. The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes that Obama doesn’t make any attempt to put on the charm offensive with the travelling press corps, all but ignoring them save for scattered press conferences and media availabilities.
Not that it has necessarily hurts him.
“In an age of all-out political warfare, the Obama campaign is a bit of an odd duck: It is not obsessed with winning each news cycle. The Illinois senator remains a remote figure to those covering him, and his team, while competent and professional, makes only spotty attempts to drive its preferred story lines in the press.
“As Obama’s blowout victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary shows, an aloof attitude toward the media may not be a liability for a candidate with his oratorical gifts. Even the pundits’ attempts to minimize his win by focusing on Obama’s capturing a quarter of the white vote — no small achievement in a three-way contest — came after a week in which journalists talked about race far more than he did. But the contrast in his press strategy is striking, not just with Clinton’s campaign — which aggressively lobbies journalists around the clock — but also with the Bush White House and the Clinton White House before that. And that, Obama aides say, is by design.”
Fox Plans: The network has found a way to meld coverage of the Super Bowl and Super Tuesday, writes the New York Times’ David Carr.
Morrison Endorses: Author Toni Morrison is endorsing Barack Obama. “In addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates,” Morrison wrote. “That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it.” Morrison’s name was invoked in the South Carolina debate last week, as she had once referred to Bill Clinton as the “first black president.”
Kennedy Endorsement: His speech is here.