Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rundown Of The Unfair Media Coverage Of Hillary


TPM has a entire rundown of the unfair media coverage during the primary. Read The Entire List Here

-- Reporters and pundits offered wall-to-wall coverage of the most trivial of emotions on Hillary's part -- her laugh, and her tears -- and repeatedly seized on such moments to assert that her emotions were entirely staged in order to manipulate voters into believing that Hillary is a human being.

There's no polite way to put this: The coverage of Hillary's "cackle" was simply sick to its core. Even Howard Kurtz acknowledged that reporters and analysts were lavishing attention to it because "examining her personality quirks is more fun than deconstructing her stance on Iraq."

Meanwhile, some of you will argue that coverage of her tears helped her in the run-up to New Hampshire. That's very possible. Nonetheless, it fed the "Hillary is a phony" narrative, and it just doesn't change the fact that the reporting and punditry on her laugh and her tears was over-the-top by any reasonable standard and at times bordered on the pathological.


-- In addition to the deconstruction of the laugh and the tears, on-air pundits also obsessed endlessly about Hillary's grating voice. What's more, some asserted that the Hillary campaign had not used her voice in an ad because of internal campaign recognition that people don't like her voice, even though they had absolutely no evidence or knowledge of this whatsoever.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

No doubt about it - the press demonized the Clinton's and turned Hillary into a shrew, witch, bitch, etc. Probably the most overarching bit of manipulation was fueling this notion that she was somehow not to be trusted. I ceaselessly heard from friends and neighbors about how they agreed she was more experienced, but they felt they just couldn't trust her. When I'd inquire into what, precisely, made them feel that way, rarely could anyone pinpoint anything specific (as is often the case when the feeling comes from media manipulation). And, when I'd point out the many reasons why Obama certainly couldn't be trust, they'd remain equally as irrational, sticking to their (media manipulated) notion that he was their guy, irrespective of a litany of horrendous examples of how unworthy he was to even be considered for the job of POTUS. It would be a remarkable example of psychological brainwashing if it weren't just so damned scarey.

seasonedcook said...

I agree with this totally..that
they focused on her 100% of the time...It made you sick to listen to the media...But the media played it down saying they was not picking on Hillary, but covering the news...
BULL! Who are you going to run to to complain and turn them in ???? It
was down right shameful...I would
always want the media on my side...I would win for sure !

Patricia said...

I couldn't agree more that the media didn't help Hillary at all..I'm a New Yorker and Hillary is my Senator...She appeared upstate today and was asked about running again and at this point she didn't know...but, to say...that she would put all of her energy into being the best Senator that she could be...another question was....would she consider being V.P. and she said that was up to Obama...
I think Obama has swayed people with his "smooth talk"...he doesn't impress me and I fear that if he becomes President....we will be in more trouble than we are already in!!
I still feel that this should go to the Convention and I truly don't think that Bill nor Hillary should help Obama win in November!!!

Anonymous said...

As a woman, a Democrat and a firm supporter of Democracy, this has been the worst media coverage of a primary election ever. Also, I am totally embarrassed of Senator Obama for his morals, his associates and his views of the United States.

I have never seen such poor and biased reporting by media in my entire life.. 20 million Clinton supporters have had it with the media and injustice of this whole nominating system. This was not reporting, it was “Clinton” bashing. I felt like I was hearing headlines from the “Enquirer” . Slews of media networks followed each other down a lane of inaccurate reporting and vicious attacks against the entire Clinton family. The coverage swayed the public and government superdelegates into their “Obama Mania” corner.

For the first in my life, I am completely embarrassed of our country and it’s reporting tactics. The pundits were cruel towards our First Lady and the entire world watched.

I also cannot understand how Obama could not be embarrassed.
How dare he ask the American people to stand with him and defend his ugly beliefs from his church (Trinity United Church of Christ), his radical and anti Semitic friends and his far left views of life.

How dare Senator Obama not apologize to Senator Clinton for the cruel remarks screamed in pews of his church about whites, Senator Clinton and President Cllinton.

Instead of apologizing to the entire Clinton family, Senator Obama had regrets about having to distance himself from his church and his radical anti American buddies and mentors, Reverend Wright and Father Pflaeger.

Obama has deceived the American people and has used crooked tactics since the beginning of the primary season.

Obama kept Michigan and Florida delegates in his pocket the whole time to sway voters and superdelgates, to give himself bragging rights. "I have the most delegates. I am the winner! We have to follow the rules. Florida and Michigan will vote for me.”

Over 300 delegate and over 2 million people. He only won this primary because the fourth largest state has never been heard properly. The popular vote was ignored and the delegates were never added in full. The media displayed inaccurate maps with incorrect numbers to give Obama a free push.

For Senator Obama to accept this decision about not seating Florida and Michigan is especially troubling. How can a leader whose message is one of “unity” agree to support a decision that strips Senator Clinton of delegates and Florida voters of their voices?

I wonder whether the price the Democratic party will pay in the general election was worth Obama's very poor decision to ignore Michigan and Florida voters. Millions don’t think so.

There are also blocs of voters that Democrats need to win that Senator Obama is having a major problem with:

White Male Voters
White Women Voters
Catholic
Rust Belt Voters
Latino Voters
Cuban Voters
Swing State Voters
Jewish Voters
Big states
Women
Lunch Bucket Voters
Older voters
Catholic Voters
Evangelicals
Florida and Michiga

He couldn’t close the deal on the Democratic base: Ohio, Michigan, Florida, California, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, Texas and Kentucky

Barak Hussein Obama has African Americans and elitists in his pocket. Doesn't sound like a winning ticket to me.

This is the first time in my life, along with my entire community, that I will be voting for a Republican or as an Independent.

Senator Clinton does not need Obama. Obama needs Clinton. I pray that she will not accept a VP role if he offered the position.

Obama is a complete embarrassment to this country as a potential candidate for the President of the United States.

Anonymous said...

NY TIMES OP-ED COLUMNIST
The Two Obamas
By DAVID BROOKS

Published: June 20, 2008
God, Republicans are saps. They think that they’re running against some academic liberal who wouldn’t wear flag pins on his lapel, whose wife isn’t proud of America and who went to some liberationist church where the pastor damned his own country.

They think they’re running against some naïve university-town dreamer, the second coming of Adlai Stevenson.
But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today. On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now.

But then on the other side, there’s Fast Eddie Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who’d throw you under the truck for votes.

This guy is the whole Chicago package: an idealistic, lakefront liberal fronting a sharp-elbowed machine operator. He’s the only politician of our lifetime who is underestimated because he’s too intelligent.

He speaks so calmly and polysyllabically that people fail to appreciate the Machiavellian ambition inside.

But he’s been giving us an education, for anybody who cares to pay attention. Just try to imagine Mister Rogers playing the agent Ari in “Entourage” and it all falls into place.

Back when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Dr. Barack could have taken positions on politically uncomfortable issues.

But Fast Eddie Obama voted “present” nearly 130 times. From time to time, he threw his voting power under the truck.

Dr. Barack said he could no more disown the Rev. Jeremiah Wright than disown his own grandmother. Then the political costs of Rev. Wright escalated and Fast Eddie Obama threw Wright under the truck.

Dr. Barack could have been a workhorse senator. But primary candidates don’t do tough votes, so Fast Eddie Obama threw the workhorse duties under the truck.

Dr. Barack could have changed the way presidential campaigning works. John McCain offered to have a series of extended town-hall meetings around the country. But favored candidates don’t go in for unscripted free-range conversations.

Fast Eddie Obama threw the new-politics mantra under the truck.
And then on Thursday, Fast Eddie Obama had his finest hour. Barack Obama has worked on political reform more than any other issue.

He aspires to be to political reform what Bono is to fighting disease in Africa. He’s spent much of his career talking about how much he believes in public financing.

In January 2007, he told Larry King that the public-financing system works. In February 2007, he challenged Republicans to limit their spending and vowed to do so along with them if he were the nominee.

In February 2008, he said he would aggressively pursue spending limits. He answered a Midwest Democracy Network questionnaire by reminding everyone that he has been a longtime advocate of the public-financing system.

But Thursday, at the first breath of political inconvenience, Fast Eddie Obama threw public financing under the truck. In so doing, he probably dealt a death-blow to the cause of campaign-finance reform.

And the only thing that changed between Thursday and when he lauded the system is that Obama’s got more money now.

And Fast Eddie Obama didn’t just sell out the primary cause of his life. He did it with style. He did it with a video so risibly insincere that somewhere down in the shadow world, Lee Atwater is gaping and applauding.

Obama blamed the (so far marginal) Republican 527s. He claimed that private donations are really public financing. He made a cut-throat political calculation seem like Mother Teresa’s final steps to sainthood.

The media and the activists won’t care (they were only interested in campaign-finance reform only when the Republicans had more money).

Meanwhile, Obama’s money is forever. He’s got an army of small donors and a phalanx of big money bundlers, including, according to The Washington Post, Kenneth Griffin of the Citadel Investment Group; Kirk Wager, a Florida trial lawyer; James Crown, a director of General Dynamics; and Neil Bluhm, a hotel, office and casino developer.

I have to admit, I’m ambivalent watching all this. On the one hand, Obama did sell out the primary cause of his professional life, all for a tiny political advantage. If he’ll sell that out, what won’t he sell out? On the other hand, global affairs ain’t beanbag.

If we’re going to have a president who is going to go toe to toe with the likes of Vladimir Putin, maybe it is better that he should have a ruthlessly opportunist Fast Eddie Obama lurking inside.

All I know for sure is that this guy is no liberal goo-goo. Republicans keep calling him naïve. But naïve is the last word I’d use to describe Barack Obama.

He’s the most effectively political creature we’ve seen in decades. Even Bill Clinton wasn’t smart enough to succeed in politics by pretending to renounce politics.

Anonymous said...

57 states are the 57 states of Islam

About OIC

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and project the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1398 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Anonymous said...

Let's all make a commitment to make sure that each day we do something proactive (not just blogging) for our movement, be it contacting superdelegates, writing letters to the editor, helping Hillary retire her debt (even if we can only give $5), signing up to go to Denver next month, signing a petition, contacting the DNC, writing to Nancy Pelosi, and any other non-violent action that feels close to your heart.

Every day.

Anonymous said...

To the poster who listed the groups Obama is having trouble with, were that it were true. The Gallop Poll has shown for some time now that he has solid support from the Latino community. The man's campaign is a brutal machine. Let's just hope the Republicans will be ruthless. For the first time in my life, I'm counting on it!

layla said...

i am a texas latina and though i can't speak for all latinos in texas. i can assure you that my family, friends, and co-workers that i know, that are latino, loathe obama. in my family, my grandmother, her sisters (in their 80's), my mother, my father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and myself who have all been democratic will vote for mccain in november. every latino i know does not trust or like him at all! the polls in my opinion are incorrect and the latinos they have on the air are sell outs and not representative of the average latino voter. this is a sham just like everything else obama is a part of!