I hope journalists learn to save the thumb-sucking explainer pieces for when they’re really needed.

So wishes Eric Deggans, the St. Petersburg Times’ TV/Media critic, in his column yesterday about the explanatory press coverage sparked by the Obamas’ “playful touching of fists” and how the “Media treat Obama like an artifact of a foreign culture.”

From Deggans’ column to cable news producers’ ears?

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.