MEYERSON DOES IT AGAIN: You live in a deeply disordered culture. Just consider the letters about Hillary Clintons vile recent comment in this mornings Washington Post. The Post published three letters on the subject. Only one defended Clinton. Incredibly, this is the one the Post chose:
LETTER, WASHINGTON POST (5/28/08): I'm appalled at the media's jumping on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for her supposed gaffe in referring to Robert F. Kennedy's assassination the night he claimed victory in the 1968 Democratic presidential primary in California [front page, May 24].
The point that Ms. Clinton was making to a South Dakota newspaper editorial board was that things can change suddenly in a presidential primary, as we have seen this year. Yet The Post's Libby Copeland, in just one example of the media's reaction, grumbled in an essay, "To raise the specter of a rival's assassination, even unintentionally, is to make a truly terrible thing real."
Kennedy was obviously stunned when he lost the Oregon primary, despite a hard-fought effort. A week later, however, he was clearly elated by his stunning turnaround win in California's early-June contest.
Truly, thats insane. The Post published one letter defending Clintonand the letter grossly misstates the point she was making. If you read the Washington Post, you will read no lettersnone at allwhich accurately describe what Clinton said. The one letter published in her defense grossly misstates what she said.
Can this possibly have been done in good faith? By the way: Tell us how this would have been different under a President Brezhnev.
Meanwhile, the New York Times publishes two letters interpreting Clintons remark (the first two in this group). Both letters are stridently anti-Clinton. With apologies, neither writer shows the slightest ability to interpret the simplest remarks.
As a society, are we able to interpret meaning in a standard manner at all? Or is everything just a novel now? Well discuss this critical question on Friday. But then, we also get Harold Meyerson today, baldly misleading the public on the Posts op-ed page.
Can Meyerson possibly be this dumb? Trashing Clintons vile ways up in Michigan, he misstates elementary fact not once, but twice, in this groaning passage:
MEYERSON (5/28/08): Had Florida and Michigan conducted their primaries the way the other 48 states conducted their own primaries and caucusesthat is, in accord with the very clear calendar laid down by the DNC well before the primaries beganthen Clinton's marchers would be utterly justified in their claims. But when the two states flouted those rules by moving their primaries outside the prescribed time frame, the DNC, which gave neither state a waiver to do so, decreed that their primaries would not count and enjoined all presidential candidates from campaigning in those states. Obama and John Edwards complied with the DNC's dictates by removing their names from the Michigan ballot. Clinton did not.
Seating Michigan in full would mean the party validates the kind of one-candidate election (well, 1.03, to give Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd and Mike Gravel, who also remained on the ballot, their due) that is more common in autocracies than democracies. It would mean rewarding the one serious candidate who didn't remove her name from the ballot when all her rivals, in deference to the national party rules, did just that.
You live in a deeply disordered society, as Meyerson has shown in the past.
Sorry, but even Meyerson surely knows that there was no DNC dictateno national party rulerequiring Obama, Edwards, Biden and Richardson to remove their names from the Michigan ballot. Duh! They did so voluntarily, at the last minute (as was their right); thats why Clinton, Dodd, Kucinich and Gravel were free to leave their names there. The candidates decisions were voluntary; indeed, all the requests were made on October 9, the day of the ballot deadline, to considerable uproar in Michigan. (The DNC had condemned the states primary at least four weeks earlier.) Indeed, in the October 10 Detroit News, party honcho Debbie Dingell said that Obamas campaign had assured her last week that he would remain on the ballot. We have no idea if thats accurate, but no challenge to her statement was ever publishedand it only made sense because there was no requirement that names be removed from the ballot. All the uproar, surprise and confusion occurred because there were no rules or dictates requiring names to be removed.
Request to Meyerson: What was the dictate to which you refer? Any chance you could quote it for us?
How should candidates have handled Michigan? That is a matter of judgment. But Meyerson seems to be working double-hard to convince Post readers of something thats baldly untrue. Clinton, Dodd, Kucinich and Gravel all stayed on the ballot. And they broke no dictates or party rules when they decided to do so.
Of course, weve seen Meyerson do this sort of thing before. (Remember, readers! This land is their land!) But then, we live in a deeply disordered culture. Well most likely see this again.
Special report: The evil of banality!
PART 2WHO SENT THE DOGS OUT: The screaming mimis keened and wailed when it was deemed that Clinton had vilely offended. Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert, and Dowd (sounds like a firm of ambulance chasers!) realized how vile the vile woman had beenand they began to tear their hair wildly. And it wasnt just these hounds of hellhounds who howl for the mainstream press corps. Many hacks on the liberal web have taken to reciting this latest grim nonsense. Once Drudge had said that Clinton was vile, these pseudo-libs rushed to affirm it.
Can our society function this way? More on that question this Friday.
At any rate, Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert and Dowd took turns barking and howling their outrage. Which takes us back to the early days of Marchto the hounds which failed to bark.
By last Friday night, everyone knew it: Clintons statement to the editorial board in Sioux Falls was one of the vilest things ever said. But uh-oh! As it turned out, Clinton had said the exact same thing to Times Rick Stengel in March! When Joe Klein played the fool (again) this weekend, he cited her earlier statement:
STENGEL (3/6/08): Can you envision a point at whichif the race stays this closeDemocratic Party elders would step in and say, This is now hurting the party and whoever will be the nominee in the fall?
CLINTON: No, I really can't. I think people have short memories. Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual.
Yep! Last Friday, all the mimis screamed and yelled at Clintons deeply vile statement. But Clinton had said the same thing in March! And to show you how fake this weeks outrage was: Not one damn thing happened back then!
There was no madness back in March. Before considering Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert and Dowd, lets make sure we understand the chronology of Clintons March statement:
In fact, no mainstream pundit (no one; nobody) said a word about Clintons statement in Marcha statement which was published in Time, and on-line at the magazines web site. No one at Time said a word; no one in the wider press corps. And yet, this past weekend, everyone keened and wailed and tore their hair when Clinton so vilely said the same thing! Olbermann, The Worst Con Man in the World, offered a heartsick restrospective in which he blamed himself:
OLBERMANN (5/23/08): She said, in an off-camera interview with Time on March 6, "Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn`t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June, also in California. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual. We will see how it unfolds as we go forward over the next three to four months."
In retrospect, we failed her when we did not call her out, for that remark, dry and only disturbing, inside the pages of a magazine.
Readers, if youre dumb enough to buy that sh*t, youre as dumb as this big fraud thinks you are. For the record, that was in Olbermanns Special Comment. In it, the man who suggested, just last month, that someone should take [Clinton] in a room and only he comes outthat delicate poodle barked deep outrage about what Vile Clinton had said.
Except, she had said the same thing back in Marchand this hound from hell hadnt barked at all! In fact, nobody barked back in March. And everyone barked this past weekend.
But readers, you may understand why this happenedbecause weve all seen this movie before. Lets explain what happened this weekend. Lets explain why Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert/Dowd/Matthews all sat up and started to bark.
How did the chronology go down this time? As usual, it all came down to a famous old question: At present, who is scripting your press corps?
In fact, a familiar old pattern reappeared in the wake of Clintons remark in Sioux Falls. As John Harris explained at Politico, the Associated Press filed an initial report about Clintons session with the editorial boardand the AP didnt mention her remark about Robert Kennedys death! At the AP, it was March in May; no one seemed to be troubled by Clintons outrageous comment (link to story below). But then, the people who script your press corps got busy! As Katherine Seelye reported on Monday, the brilliant minds at the New York Post got the nasty episode started. Then, your press corps current masters told the dogs to bark:
SEELYE (5/26/08): Shortly after Mrs. Clinton spoke on Friday, the Obama campaign jumped on the story, sending an e-mail message to reporters saying her comment had no place in a presidential campaign. It linked to a online report in The New York Post that said Mrs. Clinton was ''making an odd comparison between the dead candidate and Barack Obamaa phrase the newspaper later dropped.
So there you see the sad chronology of Fridays nasty, vile nonsense. The AP treated Clintons remark as inconsequentialjust as Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert and Dowd had done back in March. But off in the dumbest regions of Gotham, the creepy crawlers of Rupert Murdochs dumbest newspaper made a claim so stupid that they later retractedand just like that, the Obama campaign threw the Posts dog food to all the dogs! And presto! Just like that! Every shill in Americas press corps knew what their current trick had to be. They repeated the New York Posts stupid and ugly claima claim so stupid that the Post even dropped it!and soon, they were trying to top one another. They competed to see who could bark loudest about the vile thing Clinton said.
Back in March, she had said the same thingand Olbermann didnt say one word about it. Neither did Robinson; neither did Herbert; neither did Klein, or Matthews, or Dowd. Neither did anyone at Timeand oh yes, neither did anyone in the liberal web! Go ahead! Ask the screaming mimis of the liberal web, the children who are so outraged today. Ask them to show you a single word anyone wrote back in March!
In fact, weve all seen this stupid story before, back when the RNC was still scripting the press corps (details tomorrow). But is it really so different today? Last Friday, it was Rupert Murdochs New York Post which first put out this rancid dog foodoffering an interpretation so deeply stupid that even they later retracted it! But so what? If you want to know how your press corps works, you have to know who they take their scripts from. And last Friday, they took their script from Obamas campaignfrom the campaign John Judis tells us is history. But then, that campaign recently pimped out bullsh*t from Mister Drudge too! Should we really be surprised when it feeds on the New York Post!
Last Friday, Obamas campaign told the press corps to jump. The press corps barked and then wondered: How high? But then, weve written this story for more than ten years: When the dogs were told to bark, Robinson, Olbermann, Herbert and Dowd all commenced barking and howling.
TOMORROWPART 3: Same pattern, from back when the RNC ruled. And:
Back in March, Olbermann mused about assassinating Hillary Clintonon two separate programs! And:
What happened in Juneof 1992in the words of the Washington Post.
THE AP DIDNT BARK: Heres Fridays original AP story, as it appeared on-line at the Boston Herald. The story didnt mention Clintons comment about Kennedyjust as no one in the press corps had mentioned her comment in March. The AP didnt file a report about Clintons vile remark until more than another hour had passed. By then, of course, current masters of the hounds of hell were scripting the bullsh*t youre handed.