Here’s an email from CRC Public Relations, an entity which represents many conservative policy groups, which was just sent out to the political press corps:

Dear [NAME], Given the confluence of stories in the last couple weeks regarding Egypt and the Middle East, rising oil prices and challenging economic numbers, I wanted to suggest a story that looks at the parallels between the challenges faced by President’s Carter and Obama. Obviously, there have been whispers about the similarities, but not a lot of actual stories that have taken it on objectively; it’s a brewing angle and I think you should be the one to write it…. You can expect a big push on this from conservatives in the next week or so.

Now we can all watch and see who jumps all in, who slips on board but cautiously and who decides to continue the practice of journalism rather than becoming a spear-carrier.

That should be instructive, to say the least.