The Brilliance of the Clintons, Cont'd

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When I saw Hillary Clinton at Yearly Kos she took credit for co-creating Media Matters for America, the lefty doppleganger of the Media Research Center that catalogues mean right-wingers and dippy pundits saying bad things about Democrats.

"I wish we had this infrastructure 15 years ago," she says. "We've gotten better at building this infrastructure… that I helped start, with organizations like Media Matters and ThinkProgress."

So we're coming out of a weekend, into a new debate, and the big Democratic story has been whether the Clintons and surrogates have been playing subtle games with Barack Obama's race and long-admitted youthful drug use, and how Obama's responded. The big Republican story is John McCain's comeback, abetted by pundits and editorial pages fibbing or fudging on his record. And the big Media Matters coverage is of… people being mean to Hillary Clinton.

Check out the top stories. They're Tim Russert asking Clinton about Iraq, Chris Matthews tying Clinton's support to her husband's scandals ("the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around"), a fact-check pointing out that Clinton cast the same Iraq vote as Chuck Hagel, The Nation's Washington editor arguing that people are frustrated with Matthews, John Gibson defending Matthews, the Washington Post truncating Clinton comments on MLK, and… oh, one Obama story, where Howard Kurtz leaves a few words out of an Obama quote.

My instinct is to say this is good for the Clintons, but the uptick in HRC shilling seems to correspond with a downturn in traffic. Media watchdog groups and bloggers get more oomph when they promote statements that everyone elsed missed (stuff from hour 2 of Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage) than when they blubber about cable TV hosts. Still, it's something the Republicans probably wish they had. The MRC is nowhere near so targeted for or against a particular candidate.

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  1. You can tweak Media Matters all you want, but anybody who makes it their mission in life to make Bill O’Reilly suffer is OK by me.

    And they have pushed that a-hole Savage even farther off the deep end than he already was.

    Bully for Media Matters. Hip hip – hoorah! Hip hip – hoorah!

  2. I’m not really sure that when Clinton said, “We’ve gotten better at building this infrastructure… that I helped start, with organizations like Media Matters and ThinkProgress.” she was implying that she co-created Media Matters.

  3. You’re standing too close, David. Take a couple of days, maybe a week. Turn off all media and just hang out. The pool looks a little different when you’re not swimming in it.

  4. Two weeks ago, Obama was a Colin Powell transformative candidate. Now he has been turned into a “black candidate”. This entire roll in the mud is good for Hillary. Nobody rolls in the mud as well as the Clintons. To give it a sports analogy, Obama is like the Indianapolis Colts, high flying pretty to wach finese team. Hillary is an old fashioned smashmouth team. If you slow the game down and make it sloppy and dirty, the smashmouth team wins everytime.

  5. David, your claim about HRC’s claims sound about as credible an interpretation as the reports that Gore claimed to have invented the internet, i.e., not accurate. Of course, that didn’t stop the media from beating him over the head with it.

  6. Hillary is an old fashioned smashmouth team. If you slow the game down and make it sloppy and dirty, the smashmouth team wins everytime.

    Please don’t place the word “Hillary” that close to the words “sloppy” and “dirty” ever again.

    [runs to bathroom holding mouth]

  7. When Starship claimed they built this city on rock and roll, I’m not sure they were implying they actually built San Francisco, nor did they use rock and roll as the foundation.

    They did however, make the worst record of all time according to Blender.

  8. I hate that song.

  9. That song is a consistent number one in “worst of all time” lists. It seems to have obtained that rare spot of being a legitimate consensus number 1. For me I would take “All For Love” that god awful Sting Brian Adams Rod Stewart song from the Robinhood movie, but that is just one man’s opinion.

  10. We must expose the vast right-wing conspiracy against the Clintonistas!

  11. Its been said before but it can never be said enough–the Clintons are slimebags of the highest order.

  12. Yes, any DJ that spins that song ought to be immediately separated from his hands. Now try to play it, Stumpy.

  13. We’ve gotten better at building this infrastructure… that I helped start,

    Two questions:

    (1) Whats in the ellipsis?

    (2) What exactly did she do to help start what infrastructure?

  14. Did anyone else see that Clinton now has the founder of BET trashing Obama on her behalf? What on earth was she thinking? I’m under the impression that an enormous amount of people despise that guy.

    I’m beginning to think that one of the best things Obama has going is that all the right people don’t like him.

  15. It’s not just a bad song, it’s a bad song that got an insane amount of air time. Ugh, I don’t feel so good.

    Query: Who is blacker, the Clintons or Obama?

  16. The clintons have really done it this time. They’re behind the push polls suggesting that Obama might have had a black baby.

  17. John,

    What about 2007?

  18. When Fred Durst claimed he did it all for the nookie, I tend to believe him.

  19. “It’s not just a bad song, it’s a bad song that got an insane amount of air time. Ugh, I don’t feel so good.”

    It was also made by a band that had lineage back to a supposedly good band. It is one thing to pick on a song like “Suger Suger” which while almost as vomit inducing as “We Built This City” but was done by a cartoon band. It is quite another for a once decently respectible band like the Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Zepplin or whatever the hell they were to produce such a steaming pile of crap as that song.

  20. “John,

    What about 2007?”

    The Pats knocked off the Chargers and the Colts got to play at home in a nice dry dome. Obama doesn’t get that lucky. Hillary can make it rain.

  21. Okay, does somebody there at Reason HQ have a spell checker. I’ve got one in Firefox that is already griping about the word “Okay” at the beginning of this post.

    “doppleganger”
    “elsed”
    “Insomniancs”
    “produers”
    “concievably”

  22. You’re standing too close, David. Take a couple of days, maybe a week. Turn off all media and just hang out. The pool looks a little different when you’re not swimming in it.

    I don’t think this can be emphasized enough. Get the fuck away from the circus and you regain some perspective. Not everyone is a carnie.

  23. When Fred Durst claimed he did it all for the nookie, I tend to believe him.

    That may not be the worst song ever, but it is certainly the whiniest.

  24. Dick Morris, who knows the Clintons so well, said after the Iowa Caucus, to watch Hillary, that she would start subtlely using the race card to try to convince Democrats that Obama couldn’t win the general election because he’s black. How right he was!

  25. That may not be the worst song ever, but it is certainly the whiniest.

    Punk-ass bitches write whiny songs. It’s axiomatic.

  26. Even the White Rabbit hates that song. Ask Alice.

  27. Media matters is a cog in the democrat war machine.

    Anyone who thinks other wise is delusional.

    Hey fluffy Hezbula feed the poor…they still are not heroes.

    I am sure, as a liberal myself, i can find a time or two when i like what media matters does…i like that Hezbula feeds the poor. but it will be a cold day in hell when you get me to cheer for em.

  28. Dave,

    Are you going to be ‘blogging the Ted Nugent primaries tonight?

  29. Yes, Hillary Clinton did found Media Matters, which gets most of its money indirectly from George Soros. I hate sneaky.

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