“It’s a matter of record,” blogger Chris Reed observed reminded us yesterday, “that Bill Clinton thought the fawning media coverage (go to the 4:10 mark) of Obama gave him the Democratic nomination and the presidency in 2007-08″ (via Instapundit).
Perhaps Mr. Obama wouldn’t have had as easy a time of it had Clinton’s wife been better prepared for a media that didn’t treat her with kid gloves. Up until her bid for the White House in 2008, Hillary Clinton faced a generally supportive media. It seems that until she started campaigning in the Buckeye State’s Democratic presidential primary that year, she had taken for granted that the media would treat her as the previously had.
Only that year, they found a candidate they liked even more than her — whose narrative was even more compelling than hers.
Given how close was the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination that year, one wonders if Mrs. Clinton would have secured her party’s nod had she been prepared — at the outset of the campaign — for a media more favorable to her opponent.
It seems she and John McCain had the same problem. Both assumed that the media’s affection for them would be constant. Oh, but our legacy media are fickle — and easily swayed by the supplications of the latest charmer.
Doesn’t seem that there’s any risk Mitt Romney will be counting on the media as did the immediate past Republican presidential nominee.
NB: Tweaked the title.