According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan . . . Readers deserve to know: Who is the real Barack Obama?
Oh, if only they'd asked that question in 2008.
And The Times needs to show that it can address the question in a hard-nosed, unbiased way.
And so do those who claim to know how to interpret and analyze history so much better than the rest of us. But don't hold your breath.