I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics that tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests.

from President Barack Obama – 2012 Presidential Acceptance Speech on Rap Genius

Meaning

Obama here is leveling significant criticism at news outlets in particular which have accused candidates of both sides of pandering and aroused a national spirit of cynicism around this election.

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