n most presidential races many candidates must deal with the national media plus their home town press. For Thompson and McCain, who have been national figures and whose home state papers are not known for savaging their favorite sons, they have largely been immune from hometown attacks. Romney is not as lucky- the Globe and the Herald have been dogged -on Tuttman, the lawn service and on his changes in policy positions. Huckabee has the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette on his tail. As for Rudy, we have seen only too clearly that the Daily News
and other NYC tabloids can fan a story– especially a good, salacious one– and keep it in the news regardless of whether there are new facts to tell. That’s a burden Rudy will live with and what he will have to overcome to win. UPDATE: By this I did not mean to equate the Boston Herald, for example, with the NY tabloids. One of the problems all candidates must deal with is there are journalists of all types–some playing by different rules. It would be nice in a presidential race for everyone to aspire to high journalistic standards but the candidates shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for that to happen.