There once was a time (long, long ago), when the U.S. press corps took their jobs seriously. Due to a responsibility to themselves and to their nation, they sought to ferret out the truth and to be objective with their reporting.
Now the U.S. press not only picks sides, hides/scrubs stories, distorts truths, it also seeks out high profile politicians to "plug" the shows on their networks.
According to the New York Times:
NBC was clearly thrilled to have enough access to President Obama to base a two-part, prime-time special on it all this week (Part II runs Wednesday night.)