Me­dia ma­chine

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“On June 1, the New York Times pub­lished a front-page ar­ti­cle ti­tled, ONE PLACE WHERE OBAMA GOES EL­BOW TO EL­BOW. The fea­ture de­tailed Barack Obama’s love for pickup bas­ket­ball, his jer­sey-tug­ging style, even the time he hit a long game-win­ning shot af­ter get­ting fouled,” Michael Crowley writes in the New Repub­lic.

“The Obama camp clearly wel­comed the hu­man­iz­ing glimpse at Obama’s life; his ri­vals, prob­a­bly not so much. In an or­di­nary cam­paign, that might have been it. But this is no or­di­nary cam­paign — not when Hil­lary Clin­ton is a can­di­date. And so, the Clin­ton team let Times re­porter Pa­trick Healy, who cov­ers the Hil­lary beat, know about their ‘an­noy­ance’ with the story, as Healy later put it.

“If grum­bling about a bas­ket­ball story seems ex­ces­sive, it’s also typ­i­cal of the Clin­ton me­dia ma­chine. Re­porters who have cov­ered the hy­per-vig­i­lant cam­paign say that no de­tail or edi­to­rial spin is too mi­nor to draw a re­buke. Even sea­soned po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ists de­scribe re­port­ing on Hil­lary as a tor­tur­ous ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mr. Crowley said.

He added: “De­spite all the grum­bling, how­ever, the press has show­ered Hil­lary with strik­ingly pos­i­tive cov­er­age. ‘It’s one of the few times I’ve seen jour­nal­ists re­spect some­one for beat­ing the hell out of them,’ says a vet­eran Demo­cratic me­dia oper­a­tive.”

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