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Hillary has regained her double –digit lead in NH according to the latest CNN poll:

According to the poll: "Clinton, however,  was named across the board as the candidate who could do the best job on every issue."  Good news for Clinton, and I expect to see more good news as people start to make their minds up.  However, another article in regards to Clinton really caught my eye and I find it to be very disturbing.  The article basically talks about what we Clinton supporters have noticed over and over again...and that’s the relentless negative treatment Clinton has received from the media.

I’ve stated on Kos that I have never seen one candidate receive this must bad press.. ever.  Now I know Edwards or Obama supporters will say Clinton supporters are whining, but this article confirms what we have been witnessing and saying all along.  In past comments I’ve stated how Obama is the media’s candidate, and this article clearly backs up that statement.  I just wonder if the media actually did its’ job and really reported on Obama, like they have done relentlessly with Clinton, how well would he would be standing now.  Obviously that’s not going to happen, so it is what it is and that is sad.  I do not blame Obama though.  I do however, believe that the lack of media scrutiny will eventually hurt Obama in the end; because when people get ready to cast their vote, final questions pop in their head...And one question about Obama will be:  What do we really know about him?  That is why in the Washington Post Iowa poll that came out today, this statement is so important:  "Clinton's supporters, however, are the most firmly behind her. Seventy percent said they will definitely caucus for her in two weeks, while Edwards's and Obama's supporters were more apt to say there is a good chance they might change their minds. Moreover, 59 percent of Clinton's backers said they are very enthusiastic about supporting her, compared with 49 percent."

For Clinton to still be as strong as she is poll wise is amazing considering the unfair beating she has received from the press.  The one thing I can say for the press, at least they are admitting their bias so the public can judge for themselves.  Although I do imagine with just a couple of positive articles, Hillary would be ahead in Iowa and even further ahead everywhere else.    

Two more things...Drudge is at again with a slime attack on John Edwards.  If I ever see this man in person...well will just leave it at that.

Last thing...yesterday I was watching CNN interview Magic Johnson asking him why he was supporting Hillary Clinton...needless to say that has to be one of the more painful interviews I can recall.  Just painful, but thanks for your support Magic.

Originally posted to JustinL on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 07:44 AM PST.

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  •  The whole press admits unfair treatment? (8+ / 0-)

    I never realized the press had a spokesperson, or addressed issues in a unified front.

    "Negative press" is something that only happens to my candidate; for all the other candidates, it's called "fair and accurate reporting."

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Larry McAwful on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 07:46:41 AM PST

    •  Is Justin still whining about the mean ol' press? (6+ / 0-)
      •  I used to be a Howard Dean supporter. (1+ / 0-)
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        What turned me off of Dean was when he started whining about negative press coverage.  I mean, come on!  What business does the front runner have whining about the bad ol' media?  The way they treated him after the Iowa caucuses was unfair, I have to say, with all the fuss over the famous scream, but before then, I figured the scrutiny was warranted, and something that a front runner needs to put up with.

        Demonizing the media is sport for Republicans.

        A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

        by Larry McAwful on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 07:54:07 AM PST

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      •  I'm sure (5+ / 0-)

        you will not agree, since your candidate is the chosen one....

        •  They Build 'Em Up So They Can Tear 'Em Down... (5+ / 0-)

          The media's narrative is to take down the biggest because they love the drama of it. But, remember, what goes around, comes around. Obama may get his turn. And, when Obama supporters here deride complaints or assertions of media bias, they are setting themselves up for a big fall from a high place. No progressives should deride the media's smear campaigns against Democrats--ever. After all, that is why there are progressive blogs in the first place. Because we all started fighting back against their distortions and their memes. So, remember that.

          "No wonder Karl Rove is giving Obama advice; his aide is running down Clinton; with David Brooks drooling over the possibility of such a personality as Obama becoming the Democratic nominee.

          "And now Barack Obama and his attack lines are the opening act in a virulently anti Hillary film by David Bossie. He's just one of the gang hell bent on taking her out, if for very different reasons.

          "Meanwhile, in Republican back rooms everywhere, the wolves see a lamb coming to slaughter and they're licking their chops."

          Kevin Drum at The Washington Monthly, says Obama supporters may be politically naive:

          "...anybody who thinks that Obama or anyone else is going to overcome the influence of big corporations via sneakiness and stealth is living in a dreamworld. It may be possible to do a deal with conservatives and their lobbyists on various issues, but they aren't going to be conned and they aren't going to be fooled. Unfortunately, I have a deep fear that maybe Obama really does believe he can do that, and so I project that onto him despite the fact that this argument is coming from some anonymous guy writing on a blog, not anyone who really knows Obama's mind."

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H.L. Mencken

          by SignalSuzie on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:36:06 AM PST

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          •  They do this to all public figures ... (3+ / 0-)

            ... not just politicians. I remember the incredibly superlative press coverage middle-distance runner Mary Decker Slaney got before the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The media were calling her "Queen Mary" and "America's Sweetheart" and all that nonsense. Then, when she got tripped up by Zola Budd in the 1,500-meter race, and didn't win a gold medal, she was absolutely savaged by the same commentators and publications that had previously put her on a pedestal. Both characterizations were false, but very few reporters were willing to just play it straight and stick to the facts, and write about her as a talented but flawed athlete, like most of the other Olympic-level stars of track and field.

            It does seem to be getting stranger in the world of politics lately, though. The other day I read a National Review Online article on the CBS News website that was praising Obama for trying to save the country from another Clinton campaign. Now, personally, I like Obama, but the last person I'd ever listen to or want an endorsement from is Bill Kristol.

      •  So, The Press is Just Fine Acc. to You, Yoshimi? (9+ / 0-)

        Is this your failed attempt at snark? Because it's really an indication of your hypocrisy if it's intended as anything else.

        If you intended this as an 'intelligent' comment, I wonder what planet you live on? Your comment would be intended to argue that there is NOT a problem with the media, and that, of course, would be ridiculous, since there most certainly IS a problem with the media.

        Are you so young that you don't remember what they did to Al Gore in the 2000 campaign? The man was one of the best Democratic candidates for Prez ever, and they slimed him so bad, that by the time of Nov. 2000, he looked like a fool. They did it intentionally, with malice aforethought, just like they are doing right now to Clinton, and might I remind you, what they'll do to Obama if he is fortunate enough to become the Dem nominee for the general, or to John Edwards if he is the Dem nominee.

        If this was intended as a clever putdown, you failed, Yoshimi. Because you don't look very clever making these kinds of arguments--especially on a progressive blog, since the entire reason there ARE progressive blogs is because of the problem with the media.

        Think about it...

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H.L. Mencken

        by SignalSuzie on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:28:04 AM PST

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        •  If Obama becomes the frontrunner (7+ / 0-)

          they will slaughter him, just like Gore or Clinton.

          I keep laughing at the people who suddenly believe we have a press that is fair to our Dem frontrunner.  When did this happen?  Did Tweety and the rest become a secret Liberal overnight?

          Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

          by SaneSoutherner on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:31:03 AM PST

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          •  Yup. (6+ / 0-)

            They're suddenly lovin' Tweety, with his pathological comments about 'castrated eunuchs' and his demonizations of Clinton. And, suddenly--on progressive blogs, no less!--these brain-dead people are saying the media is just fine. No problem; I hate people who "complain" about media distortions, bias, and propaganda, because "that's what the right-wing blogs do."

            Ha. Oh, the irony...they've even forgotten why there are progressive blogs in the first place!

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H.L. Mencken

            by SignalSuzie on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:41:02 AM PST

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            •  It's funny, isn't it? (4+ / 0-)

              Lefty blogs were created out of the frustration that Democrats cannot get fair media coverage.   But now the Georgetown Social Club are all great fair and balanced  journalists who deserve Pulitzers or something.  

              This is Gore 2000 all over again.  You remember Al Gore?   The nasty horrible cold and calculating wooden robotic Establishment candidate?  Who was in bed with the Fortune 500 and would destroy any hope of Progressive direction were he to be elected?  You know, the Al Gore who was not the fresh new thing, so sucked ass?  Yeah, that  guy.   The media despised him, as did the blogs.

              Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

              by SaneSoutherner on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:56:47 AM PST

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    •  The only media outlet who treats Hillary fairly (2+ / 0-)
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      is Fox News. They are the only ones who are fair and ballanced. CNN has been okay too, because they have neutral and intelligent commentators as Carville.

      But the others - on a couple of occasions they have even questioned Hillary and presented the absurd notion that some one else, not royal, could become the democratic nominee.

      Hillary Clinton/Laura Bush 2008 - save the Washington monarchy!

      by Zagatzz on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:02:43 AM PST

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  •  thanks for posting (7+ / 0-)

    the WP article and the heads up on the Magic Johnson interview.  

  •  Thank you, Billy Shaheen (5+ / 0-)

    All her gains were among older voters. Wonder why?

  •  Ben Smith with the mean ol press (1+ / 0-)
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    thinks that Hillary's turn around in Iowa might have something to with what one of her campaign staff might have said in New Hampshire regarding Obama.

  •  Hillary supporters (1+ / 0-)
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    Now I know Edwards or Obama supporters will say Clinton supporters are whining, but this article confirms what we have been witnessing and saying all alone.  

    They don't whine but rather they treat Hillary as the say all, be all candidate, aka the inevitable candidate.

    Some Hillary supporters (not all, mind you) remind me too much of Rupert Murdoch.

    Of course, because I am an Edwards supporter, people would label me as cheesy or lame. ;-)

    My candidate has lasers..yours doesn't.

    by Brad007 on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 07:59:53 AM PST

  •  It's high time (8+ / 0-)

    I was amazed at the bile that is being spewed by St. Obama (anonymous junior staffers of course) without him being held accountable. What I found most telling is this:

    "She's just held to a different standard in every respect," says Mark Halperin, Time's editor at large. "The press rooted for Obama to go negative, and when he did he was applauded. When she does it, it's treated as this huge violation of propriety." While Clinton's mistakes deserve full coverage, Halperin says, "the press's flaws -- wild swings, accentuating the negative -- are magnified 50 times when it comes to her. It's not a level playing field."

    Anyway right now the thing that got my attention most was this despicable Hillary Video (no link...I refuse to put it up) with all Republicans except one, St. Obama who provides the introductory sound bite. Oh sure he will "distance" himself from it because that is what his campaign is all about bait and switch, all done anonymously of course. But then what can you expect of campaign that his bereft of ideas. Here is something from Steve Clemmons from The Washington Note:

    But I am convinced of something about Hillary Clinton's commitment to use every lever and every aspect of government machinery to push her legislative and policy work that I'm disappointed to say that I can't find as strongly in Barack Obama's profile. My concern has to do with the fact that as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on Europe, Obama has held zero hearings -- at least that is how the record appears to me.

    So let's see in the final analysis who are the people rooting for Obama: The MSM (Joe Klein and Howard Fineman), ex-Republican quasi-progressives like Andrew Sullivan and Arianna Huffington, and conservatives like David Brooks, Peter Wehner and Karl Rove. Seems like the Republican machine has picked it's democratic nominee after all and that is St. Obama, because face it they are shit scared of seasoned operatives like Hillary and Edwards.

  •  You know what that article doesn't mention? (9+ / 0-)

    Edwards.  As usual, it's a Clinton or Obama story.

    Hillary: Defending Congress' Health Care / Edwards: Fighting for Universal Health Care

    by Drew on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:07:29 AM PST

  •  I'll take a Clinton "double digit lead" (0+ / 0-)

    in NH. A tie, a 3 point lead or 12 , it won't make a difference after Obama wins Iowa.

    •  re: I'll take a Clinton "double digit" lead (4+ / 0-)
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      GregNYC, cpresley, phoenixdreamz, JustinL

      Why won't it make a difference?  Enlighten all of us on how Hillary does not benefit from a resounding victory in NH?  How it does not hurt Obama?

      I have been amazed at how much stock Obama supporters are putting in Iowa.

      •  Google (0+ / 0-)

        "Iowa bounce"

        Tip: Here's Hillary's favorite dining partner, David Yepsen on the topic

        It looks like caucus night will be Thursday, Jan. 3.

        Republicans picked that date awhile back, and the Democratic State Central Committee is scheduled to vote on a recommendation for it tonight.

        There are political winners and losers to this decision. What started out as confusion over the Democrats' date quickly got enmeshed in the personalities and strategies of the candidates.

        Democratic officials had considered dates other than Jan. 3, but ultimately agreed with Republicans to hold the events on the same night. Some Democratic officials feared some activists would attempt to cross over and vote in the other party's caucuses if the events were held on separate nights. A caucus on Saturday would be on the Jewish Sabbath.

        But the determining factor was protecting Iowa's "bounce" in New Hampshire. That's the impact Iowa has on the Granite State. By keeping as wide a gap as possible between the caucus date and the date of the New Hampshire primary, Iowans hope to protect the buzz a winner in Iowa gets in New Hampshire.

        •  Hillary Has Wide Lead in Delegates (4+ / 0-)

          It's not just about Iowa, Daaaave:

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H.L. Mencken

          by SignalSuzie on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:54:44 AM PST

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          •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

            That's not a hole you could drive a truck through.

            * The latest state poll of each of the states are used. Some states have no polls are therefore not counted. The latest polls for some of the states were taken a couple of months ago and are therefore likely to not be accurate anymore.

            Maybe you haven't noticed that the national polls Clinton's supporter use as succor have shown her once 20+ point leads reduced to a 15.4 aggregate according to Pollster and a 15.6 aggregate according to RCP.

            She's lost at least 25% of her lead before a single vote has been cast. If you want to pretend Iowa, then NH, then SC won't make a difference, I encourage you to send your sentiments to the Clinton campaign.

        •  Is that the best you can do... (2+ / 0-)
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          cpresley, SaneSoutherner

          Pull out an article from an IOWA newspaper writer?  Good grief...a double digit lead in NH is significant, no matter what happens in Iowa.  Besides Hillary will do well in Iowa.

          •  Hey (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:

            Don't let me dissuade you that Hillary is coasting to victory.

            Listen, here's the unvarnished truth for you; what happens in Iowa has no effect on NH. And what happens in the early primary states have no effect on the "national numbers". Everything exists in it's own little bubble and nothing affects anything else. So just relax, cherrypick the 2 or 3 polls you like best, and tell yourself everything's going to be alright.

      •  Ha... (3+ / 0-)

        Daaaave thinks he's living in the United States of Iowa, I guess.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H.L. Mencken

        by SignalSuzie on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:48:48 AM PST

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  •  I saw the article, and it's true. (5+ / 0-)

    But Hillary will do what Bill did, and what Gore did - go around the press.

    Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

    by SaneSoutherner on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 08:28:08 AM PST

  •  Good diary... (7+ / 0-)

    ...I wish the anti-Clinton sentiment at DailyKos would tone it down a bit.  They are all Democrats and do not need to tear eachother apart over this.

    For the record, I have not decided who to support in the coming election, but I sure as hell know who I am not going to try to destroy.  We can disagree without the vitriol.

    •  Personally (6+ / 0-)

      I think that Tweety's calling the men endorsing Hillary "castatras in the eunich choir" was as offensive a remark as could ever be, and not a single complaint from other talking heads about it.

      There are some women's groups organizing protest and letter-writing to both MSNBC and GE  now.  One of my female Republican friends was furious, and she doesn't like Hillary.

      Hillary Clinton 2008 - Less sizzle, more steak.

      by SaneSoutherner on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 09:09:02 AM PST

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      •  He leads the choir (5+ / 0-)

        seriously consider his high-pitched voice and spittling mouth! But then again look at his round table I mean who are they? Andrew Sullivan (race baiting conservative), Howard Fineman (of endorsing FISA infamy), Joe Klein (well...!), Maureen Dowd (shrew, harpie, Ann Coulter with red hair?). I mean these people have all made a living bashing the democratic party and the Clintons and Gores and just about anyone because they consider themselves the high priests of the Washington cirlce...the fifth coulmn, the king-makers and they choose who they want to be in the ring. We Democrats listen to them because we are idiots, the Republicans firmly flip them the bird and move on (or play them like a harp).

  •  Chris Matthews leads the pack (4+ / 0-)

    in the Hate Hillary marathon.

    Please read the report from Media Matters!  They compiled Tweety's anti-Hillary remarks and then compared them to his fawning treatment of Giuliani.

    If I had time to do a diary on this I would.  Maybe someone else will rise to the challenge?

    Link to Tweety's Hatred of Hillary

    My new mantra: "Don't buy shit from China."

    by Radiowalla on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 09:17:40 AM PST

  •  Class Question: Who else always cries MSM bias? (0+ / 0-)

    Hint:  This group relies extensively on the poitics of fear.

    Second Question:  Progressives are interested in [more] [less] GOP-style government. (pick one)

    Last Question:  Democrats [should] [should not] cast their votes because they are afraid of big mean Republican poopy-pantses.

  •  Shake the magic 8-ball.... (0+ / 0-)

    Who knows what will happen?

    In two weeks us Hillary supporters will either say "ouch" after Iowa, and head for New Hampshire....or....

    we will say,

    "ha" "ha" "ha".   ; )

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