Media To Hillary Clinton And Elizabeth Warren: Let’s You And Her Fight!
Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2014
This tale would be little more than a bad joke if the press wasn’t so eager to dance to whatever tune’s being played by the Right Wing’s Pied Pipers like Edward Klein, who wrote this for the New York Post:
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.
And what is Mister Klein’s proof of this assertion? Nothing by anyone with an actual name attached. But of course, the word has apparently gone out at Murdoch Central to push this garbage hard, because at the Wall Street Journal — which like the NYP is owned by NewsCorp — they are promoting this with everything but Drudge sirens (h/t Emma Roller of the National Journal):
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal alley-ooped Klein’s thesis with its own story positing that Clinton is trying to distance herself from the Obamas “in tone and substance.” The evidence? A less cheery tone about the economy, and this money quote:
Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chief speechwriter for Pete Wilson when the Republican was California’s governor[PW notes: emphases mine], suggested that Mrs. Clinton’s distancing strategy at least partly reflects Mr. Obama’s lackluster popularity.
This type of sourcing is completely irrelevant and guaranteed not to produce any real news, just pot shots (it’s not Whalen’s fault; if you give a mouse a cookie, etc.).
Roller goes on to point out that Edward Klein — who writes for Regnery, the right-wing’s favorite hardcover smear merchants — doesn’t have a good track record as far as journalistic accuracy or ethics goes:
Klein does not exactly have the reputation of Woodward and Bernstein. In the past, Klein has suggested that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian. His support? Clinton attended Wellesley, an all-women’s college, and has friends who are gay. Klein has somewhat of a fixation on powerful women—he’s written one other book about Clinton, along with a book about Katie Couric and three separate books about Jackie Kennedy.
I think we can put this one to bed, folks.
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