The American media has traditionally been known as the Fourth Estate because of the role it plays in monitoring the government. Increasingly, however, presidential candidates are ignoring the traditional media, further weakening this control function. Obama makes himself available to the White House Press Corps so rarely that its reporters recently sent a letter of protest. In early August, they wrote that Obama has not taken a serious question from the press corps in seven weeks. The president instead prefers to speak with local radio stations or celebrity rags like People magazine — media where critical questions about false statements aren’t to be expected. Challenger Romney has also largely and systematically shielded himself from reporters’ questions during his campaign trips. (here)
Read the article. The Germans see American politics a lot clearer than we do.