The reporter on the campaign trail is becoming a thing of the past. Nationwide cutbacks have depleted the ranks of reporters at newspapers and television stations. Candidates instead face a new kind of scrutiny: Partisan "trackers."
Covering the Perry campaign was not The Boys on the Bus. Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the primary, Ben Philpott and the other reporters enjoyed shockingly little access. "You are allowed to see him when you are allowed to see him."