Normally when we see ‘Gonzo journalism’ – putting yourself in the story – it’s because that person is interesting – doing something interesting – in an interesting way.
Gonzo journalism falls flat when only one of those things are true.
CBS News’ Dean Reynolds is following the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. That’s interesting.
He, however, is a complainer. An uninteresting one at that. He’s the dude you hate to get stuck in line with at the airport because he makes a bad situation – unbearable. “Can you believe we’re getting treated like this?” “Yeah, I can’t believe no one has beaten you yet.”
This is Reynolds’ reporter’s notebook:
The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama’s, which is cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.
The other day in Albuquerque, N.M., the reporters were given almost no time to file their reports after McCain spoke. It was an important, aggressive speech, lambasting Obama’s past associations. When we asked for more time to write up his remarks and prepare our reports, the campaign readily agreed to it. They understood.
Similar requests are often denied or ignored by the Obama campaign aides, apparently terrified that the candidate may have to wait 20 minutes to allow reporters to chronicle what he’s just said. It’s made all the more maddening when we are rushed to our buses only to sit and wait for 30 minutes or more because nobody seems to know when Obama is actually on the move.
Maybe none of this means much. Maybe a front-running campaign like Obama’s that is focused solely on victory doesn’t have the time to do the mundane things like print up schedules or attend to the needs of reporters.
But in politics, everything that goes around comes around.
Really? There are better writer’s than you not working. No one cares if you’re tired. Suck it up.
Our thanks to Buzzfeed.