The Examiner's Timothy P. Carney says it was "exposing the power game." "Novak's reporting unearthed how politicians often answer to well-connected lobbyists and serve their own interests rather than the needs of the country," Carney writes. "This was an education for me and for his readers." Coincidentally, that's the direction political journalism has taken recently; see Politico's mission statement/memo, in which the paper says "a Politico story works THE POWER EQUATION...WHO is trying to GET of HOARD it?" Novak did the same, but with fewer caps.

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