Now, as the campaign enters its last week, partisans have deluged reporters with e-mails and vented on blogs about why the media is suppressing stories about one candidate or the other. The unwritten Obama stories supposedly concern his Americanness: They raise doubts about his birth, his citizenship and his patriotism. The un-penned anti-McCain stories go to the quality he's made central to his career: honor. They suggest he's used foul language to his wife and that his military record isn't what it seems.
So why hasn't Politico and the rest of the press reported on these stories? Well, some of them we're working on. But in many other cases, the stories were debunked, or there simply was no evidence for the claims.
Finally, an "official" declaration that these persistent rumors are completely false. It's about time! In fact, it's long overdue.
The article is correct in saying that the mainstream media can no longer afford to ignore such rumors and accusations. They MUST come forward and debunk them publicly, because that is the only way we can ever stop arguing over nonsense and get down to talking about real issues.