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Like John McCain, Hillary, in 2008, wasn’t prepared for the legacy media to spurn her for another

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.



  1. Many on the left have lost any insight into their own bias; nothing Obama says is over the top, and nothing he has done lacks significance or inspiration. Likewise, nothing Romney says or has done amounts to much. By forcing a halo upon Obama, suggesting dark hearts among any who don’t see it and follow, and ignoring the virtues of a decent man like Romney, does not serve the president well. It stirs resentment among voters who chafe at being told to love him or else.

    Comment by V the K — May 29, 2012 @ 8:09 pm - May 29, 2012

  2. 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.

    I don’t think that was the problem. She was probably prepared for some rough coverage. She’d helped Bill to lie his way for his scandals, after all.

    The problem was simply what Chris Reed observed: that the media fawned on Obama, in no way ‘vetting’ him for the voters at any time.

    Hillary doubtless thought that, faced with a contest between first female candidate and first half-black candidate, the media would at least report accurately on Obama, ask him about his college records, carry at least some of her water on the Birth Certificate issue (which Hillary originated), etc. She was wrong.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 29, 2012 @ 9:33 pm - May 29, 2012

  3. I wanted Clinton as my president, but you don’t see me pissing and moaning about the “MSM fawning” over Obama.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 31, 2012 @ 12:44 am - May 31, 2012

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