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Bob Woodward

Candidates tar legitimate press coverage with 'gotcha' epithet

Candidates tar legitimate press coverage with 'gotcha' epithet

As the presidential campaign season intensifies, managers for the various competitors and some of the candidates themselves have angrily turned on the moderators and the television networks that host the debates.

Predictable whining has come from the GOP front-runners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, and others over supposedly "gotcha" questions meant to pin them down on this or that statement or contention about their records. Scrutiny of Mr. Trump's past business bankruptcies and of Dr. Carson's boasts of a combative childhood on Detroit's mean streets have been cited as unfair or irresponsible.

Mr. Trump has largely fielded his questions as an accomplished...