by moevaughn, Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:35:58 PM EDT
Thankfully there are a handful of jounalists who actually care about truth and journalistic integrity. Joan Walsh is one of them and she went on cable TV tonight to express outrage over the manner of this past weekend's coverage on Hillary Clinton's RFK reference. She emphasized how she found out about the story -- directly by email from the Obama campaign. Clinton's comments were first picked up and reported by the N.Y. Post, and this report was in turn picked up by Obama spokesman Bill Burton who then mass e-mailed reporters with a link to the Post report.
Here's a quote from Post article:
"She is still in the presidential race, she said today, because historically, it makes no sense to quit, and added that, 'Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June,' making an odd comparison between the dead candidate and Barack Obama."
HOWEVER (and it's a big 'however'):
Hillary Clinton did not make that comparison. (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/ 05/24/on-the-road-clintons-very-bad-day/ )
So it was the Post who actually made the comparison, which is a bold-faced lie. And a spokesman for Obama's campaign circulated this lie. A few ethical journalists -- very few -- are pointing this out.
Now back to Joan Walsh. Here's some excerpts on this subject from her Salon.com post. (link below)
The world is divided between people who consider Bill and Hillary Clinton monsters, and people who don't. It used to be that the monster faction was limited to Republicans and certain mainstream media fixtures like Maureen Dowd and much of the MSNBC lineup. Now, increasingly, it involves too many Obama-supporting Democrats -- and the Clinton-hate is in danger of damaging the Democratic Party.
When Joan checked her email this past Friday, she learned aboutr Hillary Clinton's reference
to Robert F. Kennedy's assassination -- from an Obama campaign e-mail from spokesman Bill Burton. I took some time to look around at the coverage, and I followed a link to Clinton's actual interview with the Argus-Leader, and I had to say: Wow. I couldn't believe this became the weekend's hottest political issue. I couldn't believe Keith Olbermann did a special comment on it (which I really couldn't believe was also widely circulated via e-mail by the Obama campaign).
For several months I've found myself bothered by a double standard in both the behavior and the media coverage of the Obama campaign, as supposedly representing a new kind of clean, post-partisan politics, by contrast with the dirty old win-at-any-cost Clintons. Hardball Obama campaign tactics -- David Axelrod partly blaming Clinton for Benazir Bhutto's death; the intimidation of Clinton voters by a pro-Obama union in Nevada (to be fair, some Obama supporters claimed intimidation by Clinton forces, too); the campaign's infamous South Carolina race memo (prepared before Bill Clinton made his dumb Jesse Jackson remark); the multiple "Harry and Louise" mailers distorting Clinton's healthcare proposal; not to mention ties between Obama, Axelrod and the Exelon Corp., even as Obama is touting his lobbyist-free campaign. Nothing seems to stick to Obama; he's Teflon.