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Post commentator says presidential candidates’ bios are ‘irrelevant’

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” fellow Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin dismisses the coverage of the presidential candidates’ early years. When asked about the stories of Mitt Romney’s high-school bullying and Barack Obama’s high-school marijuana use, Rubin responds:

I say they’re both irrelevant. And [the media] should get on with the true issues.

I say they’re both relevant. Stronger than that, even: required. We’re talking about the president here, the person who decides whether our country goes to war. It’s almost impossible to reach TMI on the background of a candidate for the White House. Key moments in the lives of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are the true issues.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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