Obama crystallizes criticism of 2016 campaign coverage


NEW YORK (AP) — President Obama’s turn as a media critic this week may not have thrilled many journalists, but it has forced a new look at how the media-saturated presidential campaign is being covered.

Obama’s challenge to reporters to be more probing comes at a time the media is facing two seemingly contradictory strains of criticism for its treatment of Republican front-runner Donald Trump: that it has covered him too much, or not done enough to look into his background and promises.

Speaking Monday night about coverage of the campaign for his successor, Obama said a job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.

Journalists say some of the probing coverage that has taken place should not be overlooked.