Republican Leaders Love the Press

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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The press corps has spent the last six years convinced that it is held in the highest contempt by the Republicans running the country. But was it all a misunderstanding?

Writing about the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff maintains that it was a right-wing bias that got him in trouble—but not the kind you're thinking of.

"The one constant I've observed, in 27 years as an on-again, off-again political reporter, is that Republicans return reporters' calls and Democrats don't," claims Wolff. "To a great extent, this is what got Scooter Libby into trouble, calling back The New York Times's Judy Miller and Time's Matt Cooper."

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