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On The Michelle Obama Beat

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz takes a look at the press following First Lady Michelle Obama these days- NYT’s Rachel Swarns, WaPo‘s Robin Givhan, Newsweek‘s Allison Samuels, AP’s Darlene Superville and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson- all African American women.

Perhaps this gives them a richer cultural understanding of Obama as a trailblazer. Indeed, most write with enthusiasm, in some cases even admiration, about the first lady as a long-awaited role model for black women…

But if their bosses hoped these staffers would receive special access, some secret-handshake entry into the East Wing — or even a casual wave at a health clinic — they were mistaken, at least thus far. None of the beat writers has been granted an interview since the inauguration. Instead, they must piece together a mosaic from glimpses of Obama, who has a limited public schedule and a staff that fiercely guards her privacy and her image. (Other reporters, of varied ethnicities, dip in and out of writing about the first lady.)

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