Star Turn From Reuters

Barack "Hollywood" Obama

At first, this hot hot campaign dispatch from the Aloha State seems to be going well. Obama’s at the beach. He goes shirtless to swim. Naturally the Reuters scribe writes this up, and reminds readers of the great day when Barack’s bare chest made its entrĂ©e into the national conversation.

People magazine published a photo of the buff-looking senator emerging from the ocean in January 2007 on a page with other Hollywood stars.

But wait! What’s that word? “Other”? Other Hollywood stars? Meaning that…

I can see the McCain press release now: “REUTERS AGREES: OBAMA JUST ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR”

Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by joining CJR today.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.