Reporters Divvy Up the Tough Questions

On the 2008 campaign trail reporters had a solution for keeping the campaigns happy.

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By Jessica Rettig, Washington Whispers

One of the hardest things for the young reporters embedded in the presidential campaigns in 2008 was to ask the tough questions without getting on a candidate's bad side. After all, between the catering and travel arrangements, the campaigns took pretty good care of their reporters. ABC's Bret Hovell, an off-camera John McCain embed, says his colleagues had a solution: Alternate who had to ask the hard question of the day. Sometimes that wasn't enough, though, as campaign aides would chew the reporters out for any critical story their network did.

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