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Clinton Aides Say Obama Deserves Media Scrutiny


Here's NPR's David Greene.

DAVID GREENE: Unidentified Woman: This is history in the making. It's been almost 20 years since...


GREENE: Clinton advisor Harold Ickes was on the phone with reporters this week and suggested the journalists spend a little more time digging into Obama's record.

HAROLD ICKES: The press in the name has given Senator Obama a path. They have not scrutinized him closely.

GREENE: As for Clinton, he said, there's been sufficient digging.

ICKES: We know of everything about Hillary. There is not a shoe left to drop needs to be Hillary.

GREENE: At a news conference Thursday, Clinton was asked if she could identify anything about her opponent that hasn't been reported.


HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I'm going to leave that to you. That's your job.

GREENE: A reporter asked: Are you saying we haven't done our jobs?

CLINTON: I'm just saying that I'm running my campaign and that's all I can do. That's all I have any control over and that's what I'm going to keep doing.

GREENE: Covering Clinton in St. Clairsville, Ohio the other night got uncomfortable. A supporter in the audience, Dennis Bowman(ph), stood up and had a message for all of us in the press.

DENNIS BOWMAN: They're all back here - you guys have been so unfair to this lady. I can't believe you.


GREENE: Bowman went on to give Senator Clinton the title she's looking for.

BOWMAN: I really think President Clinton, that anytime you have a person of your stature, you listen to them rather than condemn them. Thank you.

CLINTON: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Oh my goodness. Let's see, oh, there's so many hands. It's so hard. Okay. Over there in the blue.

GREENE: David Greene, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.