Thursday, March 20, 2008
The most predictable headline on earth
Did anyone ever think that all the hue and cry for the Clintons to release their records would lead to anything but this? That there would be any purpose served except to feed this sort of media frenzy? It was totally predictable that, as soon as the documents became available, media bigfoots like "Brian Ross and the ABC Investigative Unit" would sprint over to their trusty old dog-eared copy of the Starr Report and gleefully start cross checking dates. It must have seemed like old times, back when they could let Ken Starr do all their work for them. Nearly seven years after the Clintons left the White House, the media still treat their marriage like an open book -- and the gift that keeps on giving. The same sort of thing is bound to happen with their tax returns.
By ceaselessly repeating the Republican meme that the Clintons must have something to hide because they’re so obviously sleazy, the Obama campaign wasn’t just hurting Hillary Clinton, they were damaging all Democrats, and they should have known better. It’s not as if the same tactics aren’t starting to be used against Obama. The more of this reflexive Democrat bashing the media gets away with, the more they are encouraged to continue. Unless we want the road to a McCain presidency to be paved with media gotchas, we need to fight back. Susie Madrak has some good ideas.