As a loyal Bill Clinton supporter through the 1990s I was outraged at the pettiness of the mass media and the focus of reporters on personal scandals (some real, mostly invented or exaggerated) at the expense of actual public issues. That was the view of most Clintonites. But I seem to have missed another memo.
Reviewing the comment threads on last night’s ABC travesty, I note that almost all of the pro-Clinton commenters now fully identify with the media’s “gotcha” game, and sound exactly like the Clinton-haters of the 1990s. Is this Stockholm Syndrome, or the final scene of Nineteen Eighty-Four?
It’s also notable that almost all of the comments from (apparent) Obama supporters were some mix of pro-Obama and anti-ABC, while almost all of the comments from (apparent) Clinton supporters were anti-Obama. If Hillary Rodham Clinton said or did anything praiseworthy last night, none of her friends seemed to want to mention it. Instead, they just wanted to rag on her Democratic opponent.