Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation” host of more than two decades, signed off for the last time this weekend, but he’s not done with the media yet. In an interview with Fox’s Howard Kurtz, he made the admission that it was “possible” that the media didn’t sufficiently scrutinize then-Senator Obama during his first presidential run in 2008. When asked if Obama was given an easy ride in the press, Scheiffer had this to say:
“I think the whole political world was struck by this fellow who sort of came out of nowhere with this very unusual name, and when he won out in Iowa I think people sat up and kept notice.”
“Maybe we were not skeptical enough,” Schieffer responded, before going on to place the bulk of the responsibility on Obama’s opponents. “It was a campaign … it is the role of the opponents to make the campaign. I think as journalists — what we do is watch the campaign and we report what the two sides are doing.”
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