Jonah, to say Maraniss is a "great reporter" means you are either being completely insincere or you don't know great. A great reporter would have been aggressive in uncovering the truth about Obama's early years. Maraniss wasn't, uncovering a few inconvenient facts, then letting much of the absurd story stand without even bothering to check the available facts. Your statement is like the oft heard one about Obama being a very nice person, just not a good President. These statements reflect on the person making them - indicating a fear of stating the hard truth. Such as Maraniss is a cowardly reporter, who found much deception in the Obama story, but did not have the courage or desire to chase the truth. Jonah, quit sucking up.