Hillary Protest Coming to LA!!
by linfar, Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 09:08:56 AM EDT
This is a guest diary from the LA Committee to Protest Media Bias on the Westcoast.
THE WE'RE MAD AS HELL PROTEST AGAINST GE/MSNBC HEADS TO LA!! JOIN US!!!!
There will be a protest this Friday morning at Rockefeller Center in New York against the anti Clinton bias and accepted sexism of much of the coverage and commentary that is aired by NBC and MSNBC.
This diary is meant to give a short history and background to how GE/NBC/MSNBC have worked against Democratic Party interests for over a decade and to announce that we will be presenting another protest/picket in Los Angeles and would like to recruit people to be involved.
Let's review the basic data about the big political stars of NBC News--Tim Russert (Meet the Press), Brian Williams (Nightly News) and Chris Matthews (cable ranting). They're much more like a fraternal order than like something you'd call a "press corps.
The three were hired or anointed under the regime of conservative mogul Jack Welch; as chairman of General Electric, Welch was in charge of NBC News, and was heavily involved in its operation. Welch recruited the three, and made them multimillionaires; he even let Russert and Matthews live with him amid the swells of Nantucket. And oh yes: The three have been kicking the sh*t out of Dem White House hopefuls from that day right up to this.
As you may have noticed over the years, many liberal leaders, writers and pundits refuse to discuss these striking facts about GE/NBC/MSNBC's role in destroying Al Gore and a decade of trashing both Clintons. Welch's role in this matter ought to be chastening. Democrats and voters around the Country ought to be told about these matters; it would help them form their ideas (and reservations and concerns) about the people who hand them their "news."
Your "press corps" is full of trivial people, and trivial people love trivia. They don't give a sh*t about how health care works. Hullo... they already have it! Instead, they like to tell stories about people's character. There's an older word for this trait. They're gossips.
Clinton has been trashed by Chris Matthews in astonishing ways. Russert and Williams are very bad--but Matthews is a true maniac. His gender disturbance has been on display for years. Few "liberal" have found the heart to complain--or even to notice what's happening. But then, our liberal leaders have long ignored Matthews' woman-trashing, going all the way back to the late 1990s. This is A-OK with our tribe. Absent the unusual person, our tribe doesn't even notice.
Hardball has long since entered full propaganda mode, trashing Clinton at every turn and begging its viewers to see the greatness of the alternate, Obama. Of course, this is precisely what he did in 1999, when he tried to keep Gore from the Dem nomination, before going on to trash him savagely all through the general campaign. You might be surprised to recall a fact: We've sat through this movie before.
But in his current crackpot displays, Matthews shows us what occurs when a middle-class democracy is run by a multimillionaire press corps.
Some say its dumb for tracking Chris Matthews and MSNBC so much, since he and it has a fairly small audience. But the viewing audience isn't the point; the point of Hardball is the access it gives us to the mind-set of a large chunk of the insider press corps. Chris may (or may not) affect many voters, but he does affect insider journalists; on his show, you get to see their various narratives as they take their shape. It's the closest you'll come to being invited to those fatuous cocktail parties--the parties where this cohort's group dynamic produces the hopeless, gong-show narratives that drive our electoral process. Over the past dozen years, Chris has been exceptionally harmful to Big Major Dems, in large part because of the way he influences the younger journos who rank below him in the insider pecking order.
In this journalistic cohort, narratives filter down from the top; people like Matthews and Russert assert them, and the lower orders agree to repeat them. Chris lies at the very heart of a large chunk of the insider press corps. If no voters ever watched his show, it would still be must-see bad TV.
In the modern world, mainstream journalistic careers go through NBC. They go through Hardball--and of course, Meet the Press. When you see the endless liberal silence about the work of Russert/Williams/Matthews, does it never occur to you that you ought to be furious with the conduct--the morals--of your "leaders?"
Brian Williams is the guy who spent two weeks in the fall of 1999 complaining, crying and belly-aching about Gore's troubling polo shirts and what they said about the VP's "insincerity". Williams also spent that summer and fall pandering to Bush, in ways which were comically awful. We also know he's the guy who staged that horrendous first Democratic debate this year; And then when we recall the way he worked with Russert in the two debate muggings of Candidate Clinton-- events unlike any other debates in American history. (No, this doesn't always happen. Nothing like it ever happened before.) Sorry, but when Howard Kurtz reports that Williams is Bush's favorite anchor, we're not especially surprised.
Have there ever been debates like these before? A debate where the moderators so plainly intended to spend the evening trashing the character of one of the candidates? Challenged for his treatment of Hillary in the debates, Russert expressed this Great Escape media dodge ... "You get it from the left and the right," he said, "and I think that kind of confirms you're doing a pretty good job." It's truly a measure of our times--that a journalist paid $ millions per year can respond to this in so empty a way, in a manner that shows so little attempt at anything like real reflection. But lets look at....Russert's prior conduct toward Clinton:
During Campaign 2000, Russert took a great deal of criticism for his inappropriate conduct in a debate--again toward Hillary Clinton!
What was said in September 2000 about Russerts hosting of her NY Senate debate?
In the Daily News, columnist Mark Sommer said that Russert had taken "an astonishingly cheap shot" against Clinton.
In the Washington Post, Richard Cohen said this of Russert's behavior: "Not since the old Saturday night fights has TV seen such a low blow."
In an unsigned editorial, the Columbia Journalism Review said this: "Russert pitched a question to Hillary Clinton that was breath-takingly out of bounds."
Indeed, Cohen went further with his complaints, writing this: "Hillary Clinton's chief problem, her own strategists will tell you, is her inability to tell New Yorkers why she is running. After her debate with Rick Lazio last week she should no longer have that predicament. She's running to get away from Tim Russert and all he represents." Yikes!
Sommer noted that Russert's sex-obsessed questions "certainly wasn't out of character" for the Buffalo blather king. "After all, during the media's coverage of the Lewinsky scandal ...'Meet the Press' continually wallowed in the sex scandal.
In a black mark for network news programming, Russert's show was the first to heap respectability upon notorious Internet smut sleuth Matt Drudge by having him on as a guest."
Over the course of the past fifteen years, your interests have been shipped down the river as the plutocrat press corps' major fixers have trashed a succession of Major Dems.
DIGBY'S TAKE: Democrats have to learn how to explain these matters to average voters. In our view, here's the simplest form of the story:
WHAT HAPPENS: Quite often, they hand you novels about the candidates in place of real journalism. Over the course of the past twenty years, these novels have strongly tended to disparage the character of Major Dems.
Gore is the obvious example. Today, he holds the Nobel Peace Prize. Eight years ago, they invented tales about him for two years-while hyping the now-discredited Bush. This is a simple, and important, story. Liberals have refused to tell it.
By the way: The mainstream press corps did this to Gore, now they are doing it to Hillary. Why do high profile liberals stay quiet and away from this tale? It's funny--odd---coincidental--when those same leaders often turn up as guests on MSNBC itself...
To their credit, conservatives fought back against the press corps, starting in the 1960s.
We are babies in this fight. Outside of Media Matters, the Daily Howler, Digby and a very few others, there are few brave enough to speak out in public for the outrage that many millions of Democrats around the Country feel about the hijacking of our Party's dialog once again by the bad actors of GE/NBC/MSNBC.
BUT, so far because of efforts by Democrats who just refuse to take it anymore...:
1) Chris Matthews was forced to apologize: In January, one of NBC's biggest political players was forced to apologize for insulting comments--about Hillary Clinton!
2) David Shuster was forced to apologize, then suspended: A few weeks later, one of NBC's political reporters was forced to apologize, then was suspended, for insulting comments--about Hillary Clinton!
But the patterns of bad behavior of GE/Universal/NBC/MSNBC News departments persist.
The protest that will be taking place this Friday morning outside of the windows of NBC's Today program will be taken to other cities and other NBC offices and affiliates.
We are looking for people to join us in these efforts.
Next we will be putting together a protest outside of NBC/Universal in Los Angeles. We would like to also present another picket and protest in Washington DC and one outside the HQ of MSNBC partner Microsoft in Seattle, Wa.
If you live in any of those three cities please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in a city that has a NBC affiliate and would like to take the protest there too, also be sure to write.
These are some materials that Murray over at the NYC protest sent to us.
1. MAIN PROMO HOMEPAGE for PROTEST
2. PROMO IMAGE for PROTEST
3. PROMO IMAGE HANDOUT for PROTEST
4. PROMO DOCUMENT HANDOUT for PROTEST
5. PROMO AD for PROTEST (VIDEO)
6. HATE SPEECH AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON (VIDEO)
7. HILLARY CLINTON ONLINE NETWORK
8. HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS FORUM