The Washington Times - November 17, 2008, 11:27PM

Is the media serving as a PR organ for the soon-to-be Obama administration?

Media critic Howard Kurtz seems to think so. He points out that many news organizations are cashing in on the historicity of the election of Barack Obama, and in the process seem to be losing their edge.

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During his first press conference after winning, Obama was lobbed a series of softball questions, with reporters asking about pressing policy issues like which type of dog the First Family would and where his children would go to school. Hooray for hard-hitting journalism.

When posed more difficult inquires about matters like the congratulatory letter from Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and whether Obama’s view on intelligence and security would mature beyond his campaign rhetoric, the president-elect seemed a bit dismissive and evasive. Likely because it was his first conference, these questioners did not press their points; here’s hoping the Fourth Estate won’t cower in the future.