Do reporters ever really know the candidates?

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Salon's Walter Shapiro writes that after covering John Edwards in 2004 he felt like he got to really know the candidate, and was therefore surprised by the recent affair story.

But I think Salon reader "fromPhilly" gets it right:

"Oh good grief. How does 'covering' someone mean you know someone? Covering someone is not a friendship."

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