Longshot Dennis Kucinich is complaining about ABC’s decision to pull their embedded reporter, a leftover from the viewership highs of the Iraq military campaign.
The day after Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich took ABC debate moderator Ted Koppel to task for avoiding questions that would be useful to voters in favor of questions about endorsements, money, and polls, ABC pulled its fulltime ’embedded’ reporter from the Kucinich campaign, a reporter who had been given no warning that such a move was coming and who had discussed at length yesterday with the Kucinich campaign staff her plans and her needs for the coming months.
The importance of the media to any campaign is indeed not to be overlooked. An embedded reporter is a boost to every candidate with one, and missing that help brings them no closer to voters as relatively unknowns, where the only politician that really matters is the incumbent, President Bush. Howard Kurtz jokes that it
may be the first time in modern history that a presidential candidate has complained about a reporter –a junior-level one at that — dropping off his campaign.
But for a candidate already struggling, it’s no laughing matter.