Although not as much of a groupie as Mark, I’m an Obama supporter. So theoretically, I should have no problem with the press attacks on Clinton. But I do. And Chris Matthews encapsulated why on Morning Joe:
Asked why he believed Clinton had gone negative, Matthews again struck an antagonistic chord about the campaign’s media operation.
“The kneecapping hasn’t worked. Her press relations are lousy,” he said. “If all you do is intimidate and punish and claim you’ll get even relentlessly, people of all kinds of politicians — and in all fairness, the press — human reaction to intimidation is screw you. That’s the human reaction. Don’t tell me what to say, and that has been their whole policy. We’re going to win this thing. Get out of the way.”
Let’s go over this very slowly, Chris:
1) You make a very large salary and have massive influence. Your job is report the news and offer thoughtful analysis, not to distort someone’s record, make strange accusations about her marriage, carry on with sexist comments, and develop man-crushes on John McCain. You’re a professional: act like one.
2) For any member of the press, which has consistently rolled over during 8 years of Bush Administration abuse, to claim that their hatred of Hillary is based on her media people, is just laughable. I’ve heard Ari Fleischer called many things, but warm and fuzzy are not two of them.
It’s fine to hate Mark Penn, Howard Wolfson, Mandy Grunwald etc., but that’s no excuse for the press not to do its job. And it certainly doesn’t explain their bizarre hatred of all things Clinton.