One is startled by a headline in today's New York Times:
Clinton Escapes to Fight Another Day
Is Senator Clinton a prey, a quarry, perchance?
Is she a harried vixen fleeing from the hot pursuit of the staff of the New York Times in pinks, astride their sweating, frothing corporate media steeds?
Or is Clinton the media's selected stand-in as the current Osama bin Laden?
By Jove! The hounds of the press have been released! Halloo! Halloo! bray the hunters.
Even the cynic Dowd is mounted, sneering at the cries of terror of the hunted fox:
When I walked into the office Monday, people were clustering around a computer to watch what they thought they would never see: Hillary Clinton with the unmistakable look of tears in her eyes.
A woman gazing at the screen was grimacing, saying it was bad. Three guys watched it over and over, drawn to the "humanized" Hillary. One reporter who covers security issues cringed. "We are at war," he said. "Is this how she’ll talk to Kim Jong-il?"
Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?
One wonders about whom we are truly at war with.
There seems to be a very serious war of our dear "mainstream" media upon the likes of Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times itself likes to set up a do or die scenario:
On Eve of Primary, Clinton Campaign Shows Stress
Everything is on the table inside Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign if she loses the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, her advisers say — including her style of campaigning, which shifted dramatically on Monday when Mrs. Clinton bared her thoughts about the race’s impact on her personally, and her eyes welled with tears.
One grows tired of the media-manufactured drama and angst. Shouldn't campaigns be portrayed in a calmer, more informative, more reasoned way?
Oh, I guess that doesn't sell newspapers or suck in viewers. Our political scene has been reduced to a God damned soap opera.
Staged by, I love the phrase coined recently by Thom Hartmann, the military industrial media complex.
In contrast, the Wall Street Journal coverage is subdued, stunningly nonpartisan by comparison. One worries about how cozy Senator Clinton is with Rupert Murdoch.
And, while we are titillated by this ongoing carefully staged theatrical coverage, matters in Iraq remain largely unresolved, we have, for the moment, forgotten about the troubling situation in Pakistan, global climate change, the world can burn while our American military industrial media complex fiddles and Raytheon continues to manufacture cluster bombs.
Oh yes. And the substantive issues of the campaign? Our nation's fraying infrastructure, our rapidly growing indebtedness, health care, hungry families, the working poor?
Can't you hear me above the screeching fiddles?