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Bill Clinton: True to form
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, January 05, 2008

It is everyone else's fault:
Bill Clinton voiced his abiding anger at the media's coverage of him and his wife in Durham, N.H., today, and suggested that media bias will force Clinton to go negative on Barack Obama.
The media made the do it!

Reacting to a question from the audience at the University of New Hampshire, where the questioner asked he, Hillary and Obama to 'put the Republicans on notice' that the game was changing and it was time to put an end to the "meanness and manipulation" in politics, Clinton responded thusly:
"I think we can change it as long as you have access to information by people who are committed to judging everybody by the same set of rules and following the same set of rules," he said. "According to the most recent media analysis, that’s not what’s happened so far, but yeah, I think it should be done."

[...]

"Nobody would like it better than us if you could get that personal vilification out of there, because nobody’s been vilified more than we have," he said, after noting that he thought Hillary and McCain could run a respectful campaign. "One of the problems with laying down and turning the other cheek is McCain had one dose of it. They gave it to us for eight years.

"And the fact of the matter is, independent voters think you’re polarizing if someone else attacks you, even if that someone is Rush Limbaugh, even if you’ve been totally exonerated of every single charge ever leveled against you, which Hillary was — and some people forgot to tell you about that," he said, jabbing again at the press.

"Nobody would be happier to see all this go away than us. But you can’t ask somebody who is at a breathtaking disadvantage in the information coming to the voters to ignore that disadvantage and basically agree to put bullets in their brains," he said.
As Ben Smith points out, Bill Clinton likes the idea in theory. But in reality?

Not so much.

"Nobody would be happier to see all this go away than us?"

What a load. The Clinton strategic theory of election politics has always been to bury the opposition, regardless of party, and to do it quickly and efficiently and by whatever means are necessary.

The tactical theory within Clinton campaign at this moment is to go negative early and blame the media.

I wonder if he can still pull off that sort of nonsense again and get away with it.
 
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Though, to be sure, everyone blames the media whenever the country isn’t thinking the way people believe they should. Those who think the economy is just fine blame the media that people are worried. Those who think the war in Iraq is a good thing blame the media that the country overwhelming considers it a mistake. Those who opposed the war when it was popular back in 2003 blamed the media for lack of critical reporting. The media is the convenient receptical of blame. People who think global warming isn’t real blame the media that just about everyone else goes along with the consensus.

Blame the media, blame, blame...left, right, and inbetween, it’s the sport de jour.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
Media bias? Hillary’s been getting largely a free ride from the media.
...nobody’s been more vilified than us
Nobody except anyone who’s ever accused the Clintons of any wrongdoing. It’s the pinnacle of chutzpah for Clinton to make that claim.

 
Written By: Steverino
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...nobody’s been more vilified than us
Oh, is that so?

I can think of one sitting President who’s been more vilified, and I can also think of a certain Mormon who’s been vilified.

Cry me a river, Bubba
 
Written By: Joel C.
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"... somebody who is at a breathtaking disadvantage in the information coming to the voters..."

Well, at least that part is true. I would expect that in the unfortunate event of her election that we could expect an extension of the McCain-Feingold time restrictions on ads naming candidates. A permanent ban if they could. In their opinion, unlike for libel, truth is not a defense.
 
Written By: timactual
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Blame the media, blame, blame...
Let’s go to the wayback machine and quote from Erb some more (emphasis mine):
Lost in the discussion of the coming elections [2004] is the worsening situation in Iraq, and I find it surprising, and sometimes disheartening, how Americans shift from one issue to the next without really contemplating what’s going on. I don’t think this really is the fault of most Americans though, the media feeds this by how they report. Rarely do we get good background information, especially on foreign affairs issues. If they spent as much time digging into the roots of the Iraq situation as the Kobe Bryant case, we’d have a much better informed public. Our media gives us soap operas rather than important information, it seems.
It also seems that Erb has experience in blaming the media.

 
Written By: JWG
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That’s the nifty thing about taking all sides on all issues; you can always produce a quote and say ’See, I told you so’.
 
Written By: timactual
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Blame the media, blame, blame...left, right, and inbetween, it’s the sport de jour.
No matter how crass, cynical, and wrong the media is, the real problem remains that most people simply don’t think hard enough, long enough, or deep enough.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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McQ:
I wonder if he can still pull off that sort of nonsense again and get away with it.
He was getting blowjobs in the Oval Office and he’s now World Citizen One. So, can he get away with blaming Hillary’s campaign attacks on Obama on the media? I should think that not only can he get away with it, the media will accomodate him in his effort to blame them. They’re easy to push around. Would you want to be cornered at some event by a red-faced Bill Clinton, in your face, waving that foot-long finger at you? Reminding you that he’ll still be there even if Hillary gets zotzed?

That’s a "V" for Vendetta that we’re talking about.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Its hard to tell through the couched talk, double talk and blame Rush Limbaugh but it appears he feels the media isn’t put Obama’s dirt out for the public to see.

On that part of it, I’d have to agree.

As for the rest of it, boo hoo.
 
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