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Journalist Complaints About Covering 2012 Election Draw Scorn

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The 2012 campaign is apparently shaping up to be one of the worst ever ... for reporters.

As election season kicks into high gear, some journalists are complaining about the grim slog that the campaign has become for them -- leading to complaints from other journalists that they're just being whiners.

New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich kicked off the latest public display of ennui in a lengthy piece for the paper's magazine entitled "Feel the Loathing on the Campaign Trail." 2012, he wrote, has been chiefly defined by its "joylessness" and petty negativity. "This spring, for the first time since I started writing about politics a decade ago, I found myself completely depressed by a campaign," he said. The constant small-bore attacks, the focus on gaffes and the sour mood in the air all made, he said, for a terrible time.

Several journalists also opened up to Politico about their disdain for the proceedings.

"People are feeling grateful that it's almost over," Politico's Maggie Haberman confessed.

These kinds of sentiments did not sit well with some other journalists. The New Republic's Alec MacGillis reacted scornfully to the complaints he had been hearing:

Alec MacGillis
Yes, nothing's more endearing for a scorned profession than to complain about the entertainment value of the race we're expensed to cover.

Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall was similarly dismissive:

Josh Marshall
Emerging 2012 campaign theme: reporters whining abt how it's not as fun as 2008.

And Poynter's Julie Moos wrote of the Politico piece, "Stories like this are why people say they loathe reporters."

One thing is certain: journalists won't have long before they are put out of their misery. There are just 63 days to go till the end of the campaign.

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