All politics might be local, as "Tip" O'Neill said, but reporters have to be careful about making too much of what they hear on a tiny bit of street.
CNN is getting an earful about an article it posted "which focuses largely on conversations about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that a CNN reporter observed at a hair salon in South Carolina whose customers are predominantly African-American."
In an article about that article, CNN says: "Many took umbrage at the story's suggestion that black women voters face 'a unique, and most unexpected dilemma' about voting their race or their gender.
An e-mailer named Tiffany, responded with evident sarcasm:
"Duh, I'm a black woman and here I am at the voting booth. Duh, since I'm illiterate I'll pull down the lever for someone. Hm... Well, he black so I may vote for him... oh wait she a woman I may vote for her... What Ise gon' do? Oh lordy!"
She urged CNN to "pull this racist crap off" the Web site and to stop calling Hillary the "top female candidate."