Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Letter to Barack Obama

By Cap'n Adam (the indignant one) Hoden

I read an article in Slate Magazine by Liza Mundy about her problems researching Michelle Obama for her new book, Michelle: A Biography. It prompted me to write the following e-mail to the Obama Campaign.

Notice how I shoehorned my complaint into a question in the last paragraph to meet his web site's e-mail requirements?

I will post the reply, if I get one, in a future post.

To whom it may concern:

I was very disturbed when I read an article by Liza Mundy in Slate Magazine today (
http://www.slate.com/id/2202261) describing the resistance that the author encountered from the Obama campaign while researching Michelle Obama for an upcoming biography.

I understand the caution a Presidential candidate and his campaign must exhibit while dealing with the press. However, after reviewing Mrs. Mundy’s body of work, I must admit that I am confused as to the reason for the Obama Campaign’s resistance. Mrs. Mundy seems to be a skilled and objective journalist.

Sen. Obama is no doubt aware how critically important government transparency is to maintaining a free society, and that the press is the public’s watchdog in maintaining that transparency. The current President has made a habit of obstructing and deceiving the media, and is very disturbing, therefore, to learn of Sen. Obama’s campaign actively hindering a press investigation.

I would like to close this letter by saying that I support Sen. Obama. I hope that he brings the change he promises; change that our country desperately needs. But can we really expect that change when your campaign impedes the press just as President Bush does?


Adam Hoden

Dictated but not read.

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