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Hillary Clinton, The Media … And “Playing The Freak”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:40 pm

[guest post by Dana]

A little fun at Hillary’s expense:

NEW YORK—Having grossly miscalculated the resources required for an 18-month presidential bid, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday she had ended her race for the White House after blowing through $2 billion of campaign funds in a single month. “Admittedly, my staff and I haven’t kept a close enough eye on our financials over the past few weeks, and certain of our expenditures, such as the 800,000-square-foot Hillary For America headquarters we broke ground on in Des Moines and those seven backup campaign buses, appear to have been poor decisions,” said Clinton, who faulted several crucial missteps, including the licensing of every song in the Fleetwood Mac catalogue for her campaign appearances and sending two pounds of direct-mail solicitations each day to every man, woman, and child in the nation. “While it seemed a winning strategy at first, buying up all the primetime commercial blocks on every network affiliate in all 50 states was probably ill-advised, as was hiring our 3,000-member campaign team in Puerto Rico, which does not have any electoral votes.” The former secretary of state went on to say she was confident the lessons she had learned from her mistakes this time around would only make her a stronger candidate in 2020.

This is not from The Onion, but surprisingly it’s from the New York Times:

“Mrs. Clinton and the news media have changed. She seems less a presidential candidate than a historical figure, returning to claim what is rightfully hers.And the press corps, both blessed and cursed with live streaming, tweeting and Snapchatting technologies, is armed with questions devised to win the moment. The result is a carnival atmosphere. It is not clear what Mrs. Clinton gains politically from playing the freak.”

Today I heard a political adviser state the obvious: that from the start, Clinton’s strategy with the media has been very simple: ignore them, thereby ignore the scandals. While it may be working at the moment, it’s not sustainable because sooner rather than later, she is going to need them. And in spite of a building resentment from media members, they will be there for her when she’s ready. Maybe then, the press and Clinton will begin to forge that brand new relationship she talked about, right?

“It’s maddening,” an anonymous print journalist complained to the Daily Mail. “We can’t do our job if the Clinton campaign freezes us out and tells us there aren’t any more events for the day—and then they race to Waterloo for an event. Don’t they understand that they need us as much as we need them?”

A cable television news correspondent, likewise anonymous, sarcastically told the London-based outlet: “Maybe by this point next year Hillary’s people will be clamoring for us to interview her as Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley make mincemeat out of her”—a reference to former Maryland governor O’Malley (who is expected to enter the race soon) and Massachusetts Senator Warren (who insists she will not).

This TV journalist added: “But for now dodging the press just comes off as arrogant and imperial. Which is not the model she ought to be trying to emulate. I mean, really: If you hold a campaign party and there are 100 of us flying in to Iowa to cover you, the least you can do is tell us the event exists. We don’t expect you to feed us or mix us martinis. Just don’t make this presidential campaign marathon any harder or more idiotic than it needs to be.”


24 Responses to “Hillary Clinton, The Media … And “Playing The Freak””

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. The best line of the NYT piece was quoted in the title of a post today on Prof. Althouse’s blog, and you can also find it quoted — and complained about bitterly — on dKos (I’m not linking that). It read:

    She seems less a presidential candidate than a historical figure, magically animated from a wax museum to claim what is rightfully hers.

    But the current online version of the NYT story has been scrubbed, and it now reads: “She seems less a presidential candidate than a historical figure, returning to claim what is rightfully hers.”

    If Hillary were male and we were using clinical language to describe one of Bubba’s obsessions, we could euphemistically call that bit of unacknowledged, unexplained, un-apologized-for whitewashing “journalistic fellatio.” Some Clintonista made a phone call. Some NYT toady-in-an-editor-chair groveled and whimpered. The online version was neutered.

    Goebbels, of course, had an even better term for it: “Nacht und nebel.”

    Scum covering for and sucking up to scum. Count on the mainstream media for that, every damn day, even in what the Hard Left complains about as being “unfair” to its heroes and heroines.

    But y’all know this, probably, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. There goes Beldar again, preaching to the choir.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  3. That is disheartening, Beldar. They will carry water for her all day, every day. But we should expect nothing less. If we do, it is we who are the fools.

    Dana (86e864)

  4. Hello Dana.

    The MSM: No, really, we are soon going to get tired of Hillary!’s shenanigans and start to challenge her with difficult questions and keen inquiries into the more controversial aspects of her public life. Seriously. She better not take us for granted or we’re going to get Stephanopoulos to go after her. We mean it.

    JVW (8278a3)

  5. And in spite of a building resentment from media members, they will be there for her when she’s ready.

    Just like they were in 2008.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  6. “journalistic fellatio.”

    In this case, I suggest “muff-diving.”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  7. The big bright light I saw in this story was the media shouting “We’re the important ones here! How dare you ignore us!”

    Of course, Hillary is doing her best to hide from her scandals and allegedly criminal activity. That’s a given. And she does need to answer for it all. But the media still consider themselves the all-important king-makers who shall not be dismissed. Schadenfreude that a Democrat is making the self-important media squeal like stuck pigs.

    (There, I think I offended the media, the Leftists, the feminists, and the mohammedans. Not bad.)

    John Hitchcock (83fc01)

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    Nathankl (4fa04b)

  9. If the conservatives can’t stop the commiecrats and their writers before 2016, I know Panama and Nicaragua have some great land opportunities and they enjoy Americans, unlike America. Being in my 60’s I am ready for a hut on the beach.

    mg (31009b)

  10. She and her nit wit minions had this scrubbed release of nothing well in advance of running. Suckers. And Trader Gowdy looks like a nincompoop.

    mg (31009b)

  11. With republican senators lip locking obama and the non seen or read trade deal, taking it up the keister is just around the corner for tax payers. Hey – all you chamber of commerce loving republicans can drop dead. I would trade the republican leaders for pol pot at this point. He only killed 25% of his own people. The republicans murder rate is 75% and rising.

    mg (31009b)

  12. The fact all the Media acknowledges she simply plans on shitting in their mouths under the auspices they will help her when she needs them tells you everything you need to know what kind of President Hillary would.

    The fact the media is too stooopid to put 1 + 1 together and “postulate” on how she is more Queen than President demonstrates their political bias.

    Rodney King's Spirit (b31520)

  13. you’re impression is not far wrong:

    narciso (ee1f88)

  14. Meanwhile, back at the Obama Ranch…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Boehner on Facebook co-founder citizenship renouncement to dodge taxes: ‘Outrageous’

    happyfeet (831175)

  16. Greetings:

    “You got to suffer to sing the blues.” David Bromberg sang that.

    11B40 (0f96be)

  17. She’ll be pimped as the “Great Inevitable”. No sale for so many reasons.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. she’s not the future

    but then neither is failmerica

    plus she has these awesome boobies of which the poets sing

    inevitable thy name is hillary

    happyfeet (831175)

  19. Has any staunch Republican or conservative politician running for the presidency in US history ever acted as deranged, arrogant and idiotic as Hillary? I know Richard Nixon had his own bag of idiosyncrasies, but they were mild compared with those of Bill Clinton’s reported spouse and doormat.

    Mark (abf005)

  20. 19.Has any staunch Republican or conservative politician running for the presidency in US history ever acted as deranged, arrogant and idiotic as Hillary?

    If you ask a Democrat the answer is Yes, all of them. From that crazy anti slavery abolitionist, Lincoln, to that evil, murderous Bush 43.

    Hoagie (f4eb27)

  21. With leaders like boehner and mcconnell hillary is a shoe in for the presidency. They will garner her enough votes for their victory.
    Not enough conservatives to beat the republican democrats. Gosh darn right I have the blues. One thing that still puzzles me about benghazi Why has gowdy two shoes not called the commanding officer to testify, who was relieved from duty at the time of the attack?

    mg (31009b)

  22. We don’t expect you to feed us or mix us martinis.

    Ahhhh… right.

    You’re REPORTERS!!

    **Now** pull the other one…

    IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

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