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"Attacks on Hillary have seemed over-the-top recently"
"NewsHour" media reporter Terence Smith ... says Hillary Clinton and her supporters have reason to complain about the tone of their press coverage, if not the substance. "A barely-suppressed glee often creeps into the commentary when Hillary loses another primary or caucus," he writes. Meanwhile, "Barack Obama is characterized as the second-coming of JFK, etc. etc."

And the Obamabots on the internet have that same feeling of glee, not suppressed at all.


They want to knock Hillary Clinton down, stomp on her, and grind her face into the dirt.  Bush hatred has been replaced by Clinton hatred.  Isn’t it amazing how that happened?  Is it a coincidence that Obama’s chief political strategist is a student of Karl Rove’s tactics?

H. Brandt Ayers: Let's play race card
Bill Clinton mentioned that Jesse Jackson, like Barack Obama, had carried South Carolina, which gave New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd a hissy fit... Her hair-trigger sensitivity about the race issue evidently is rooted in the fact that she was a schoolgirl during the civil rights movement and graduated college after the movement was over. With respect due to her entertaining style and Pulitzer Prize (which I haven't won), I can say, "Child, you haven't seen the race card played until you've been a liberal journalist in George Wallace's Alabama." I know something about the race card... As I said, Maureen, I know the race card and the Clintons are no racists. One of your colleagues, Times columnist Paul Krugman, agrees with media scholars that the national media tend to inflate even mild comments by the Clintons into the explosive potential of hand grenades.

INSIDE THE SEWER: (by Bob Somerby at the Daily Howler)
Let’s be frank: The Times op-ed page is an intellectual sewer. Yesterday, Dowd was at it again. After some brain-dead Hopi humor, she lodged this hiss-spitting claim against her favorite target: "Hillary says Obama is ‘all hat and no cattle.’" But The Dim One was playing her readers a tad. Here’s what Clinton actually said, last Tuesday night, in Texas. We’ll cite Beth Fouhy’s AP report, since the Times didn’t even report the comment: "FOUHY (2/13/08): She slipped into a ‘you all’ and criticized Bush, the former Texas governor. ‘There's a great saying in Texas,’ she said, ‘all hat and no cattle. Well after seven years of George W. Bush, we need a lot less hat and a lot more cattle.’" Huh! She had criticized Bush—but Obama worked better. So the Times let their crazy girl type it.

Now and forever, however, it will be accepted as common "wisdom" that Clinton used that phrase against Obama, not against George Bush.  Truth be damned.  It's just not as much fun as believing the lie.

Carolyn Kay

Originally posted to cmkay on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 01:26 PM PST.

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