MSNBC teasing a segment on Obama’s overseas travel:

Will this trip add enough meat to his foreign policy experience to quiet the critics?

Sort of sums up what’s often wrong with campaign reporting: The focus on strategy, whether something Campaign A does will suffice to “quiet” criticisms from Campaign B.

Not if/specifically how this trip could add “meat” to Obama’s “foreign policy experience” at all and then whether such beefing up should satisfy voters who might be looking for more. Not, what constitutes “experience in foreign policy” and let’s examine the candidates’ experiences and their plans and try to separate for viewers the meat from the fat. But: Will Obama’s trip deflate one of McCain’s criticisms of Obama?


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.