Friday, January 11, 2008

And the winner of the coveted 2008 Toto Pulling Back the Curtain Award is. . . Maureen Dowd


Hillary Clinton certainly touched a nerve that runs through the American body politic when she choked up in the coffee shop in New Hampshire last Monday, the day before the election -- a nerve that set almost the entire media establishment twitching in a paroxysm of Clinton-bashing schadenfreude. Maureen Dowd once again proved that she'll yield to nobody, certainly not the obnoxious, Hillary-hating Chris Matthews, in her spiteful contempt for the presidential hopeful. She titled her spewing "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?" No matter that Hillary didn't actually cry. Why should that get in the way of a catty headline and a quote from a Times reporter saying she did?
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?”

Another reporter joked: “That crying really seemed genuine. I’ll bet she spent hours thinking about it beforehand.” He added dryly: “Crying doesn’t usually work in campaigns. Only in relationships.”
By itself, the column was just one more example of the piling on by the media that followed Hillary's showing some feeling, notable only for its nastiness even by those standards. But that's not why she's winning the coveted Toto Award.

No, the 2008 Toto Pulling Back the Curtain Award goes to Maureen Dowd for performing a vital public service -- pulling back the curtain and vividly demonstrating just how much hatred for the Clintons there has always been on the staff of the New York Times, and how it warps their news judgment. The Times insiders never thought the Clintons belonged in Washington, still don't think they belong in Washington and no longer feel they even need to hide their feelings (and their failings as journalists). People had many different reactions to Hillary's show of emotion. Some were moved, some were not. Some thought it was a staged manipulation, some thought it was a train wreck. Some pitied her, some did not. The one thing that nobody except true, dyed-in-the-wool Clinton haters felt was the kind of gleeful mockery portrayed by Dowd. Thank you, Maureen Dowd, for showing so dramatically exactly where your paper stands, once the curtain of "objectivity" is pulled away.

I was going to let my subscription run out anyhow. This is the newspaper whose reporting by Jeff Gerth on Whitewater helped set up the impeachment debacle, and whose Mideast reporting, aided by by the notorious Judith Miller, helped set up the Iraq debacle. Let them continue to talk among themselves. We don't need to listen.

4 comments:

Wren said...

Right on, Guy.
I'm not necessarily a Hillary enthusiast, but I've been repelled and disgusted by Maureen Dowd's jaw-droppingly nasty column and Chris Matthew's truly pathological hatred of her. Many others in the "media" have also piled on against Hillary Clinton with no better reason than her "cackle" or her "cleavage." I'm so tired of this childishness. She's a candidate for President and a competent one, at that. THere's just no excuse for the behavior we're seeing from our "liberal" MSM.

Anonymous said...

people who defend the not crying (for lack of another term) overlook comments hillary made earlier in the day where she played the gender card.

-jello

Nonanon said...

This is nothing new in the realm of half-ass reporting--you'll remember that Howard Dean getting slightly worked up and shouting with excitement to his supporters was covered with such damning media commentary that you'd think he killed someone.

Still, I never know who to blame. Sure, the media provides the bullshit, but people do seem to eat it up with a spoon. I don't really know how to fix that business model.

Dr Diablo said...

MadGuy, the TIMES circulates beyond New York primarily because of the yuppies who subscribe so they can tell others that they read it on Sunday morning while munching morning buns and listening to Vivaldi. It lends tone to the room on the floor of which it is spread around. Its heyday as a source of news and opinion, though, has long passed.

I was going to comment further on the Dowd column and related matters, but something infinitely more significant has come up. Weeks ago, I noted that your sobbing lament about how the Packers would have to go through Dallas to reach the Super Bowl was premature.

Happily, it is now revealed as not merely premature but superfluous. The Giants, by knocking off the Cowboys today, have given the Green and Gold another home game.

Although the G-Men are formidable, you have to like our chances against a New York team that is banged-up, is facing its 3rd consecutive road playoff game, and is led by a young QB who, while talented, is overdue for one of his patented awful games. If our luck holds here in Packerland, they will have to demolish one of those local landmarks you revere to add a wing to that Brett Favre museum you so hate.

Please consider converting your blog to "Letter From Lambeau" commentary for the next few weeks. This is all a bigger deal than you and I are likely to witness again in our waning lifetimes.