What’s with this “folks” business, as in this by press vet Jules Witcover:
Reporters, doing what they do, either knew of the call and tapped into it or learned of Romney’s remarks from folks who conveyed them to newspapers like the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times that quickly printed them. [italics added]
Once it was close to “folksy.” Obama did it. One more thing to hold against him. He’s NOT articulate, keeps falling back, between “uh”s, on tired phrases, not always, as in this case, used to agreen with accepted usage.