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Drawing the Line

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When Senator Barack Obama appeared at the UNITY: Journalists of Color conference in Chicago, the crowd had an unusual reaction for a group of hardboiled journalists. They applauded, and with some enthusiasm. That moment of applause has received more attention than most of the tough questions that were asked. (Leonard Pitts sure put Senator Obama on the hot seat.) But it raised some interesting questions — mainly, what should the relationship between journalists and campaigns be? Lisa Shepard, NPR's Ombudsman, has some thoughts on the matter... and we want to hear what you think. Was the applause appropriate?