I never cease to be amazed at our vacuous, vapid and venal purveyors of "information" and enlightenment: the media. In all its forms it fails us miserably. Individually there are a few decent examples of honest journalism. Keith Olbermann is not one of them, no matter how much in love with him progressives have fallen. Perhaps somebody should wake me when (and if) he proves why anybody should trust or respect him, ever again. There are, however, still depths to which he can and will sink:
Well, maybe we are making a small dent in sexism and misogyny after watching the performance of media professionals (and others who will go unnamed but fall under the general heading of Liberal/Progressive) during the primary campaigns. News articles over the past four days have been filled with story after story about not only the depth and breadth of sexism and misogyny displayed, but the admiration and respect Clinton has earned - even among detractors. Some examples:
There are severalarticulatewomen at Salon who are more than a little ticked at the way Clinton was treated during the primary season. Several more women who regularly post letters/comments at Salon have written that they refuse to fall in line and support Barack Obama for POTUS, for which many men are giving them great grief.
According to MyDD: Clinton will speak tomorrow, er, today! at Noon EDT (that's 9 a.m. for all of us on the "left coast"): It will be covered by all the cable news networks. CNN will start their coverage at 11 a.m. EDT.
She will be speaking at 12pm EDT at the National Building Museum, located at 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Maggie Williams sent out this email today: Hillary Clinton's web site will be covering the speech live (in case anybody wants to bug out of the media's version of "I come to praise Hillary, not to bury her.").
There is also a "Thank You" card campaign underway, but I haven't seen any publicity of this outside of Taylor Marsh:
We are trying to get a "Thank you card campaign" started. We want to flood Senator Clinton's DC office with thank you cards. On the front of the envelope we are writing "WE ARE ONE OF 18 MILLION" and we are asking her to take it to Denver. We want to reach as many supporters as possible so it can be effective. THE ADDRESS:
But before Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped forward to endorse Senator Barack Obama, which she is scheduled to do here on Saturday, they came together for a private reconciliation on neutral turf: the living room of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s home.
Early reports suggested that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were holding the session at her home on Whitehaven Street, in the shadow of the vice president’s residence. It took hours to determine that the meeting did not take place there, which injected a cloak-and-dagger-like element into the drama and set off a scramble for reporters to find the real secret location.
... Andrea Mitchell was still waiting at the Clinton house this morning... Ha! (a gracious hat-tip to Shakesville for this)!
I can't tell you how much satisfaction it gives me to know that a) Hillary (and Barack) ditched the media for their meeting; and b) Hillary seriously 'dissed MSNBC this week. It was the last cable news network to know that she would be suspending her campaign - noting the story about two hours after it broke on ABC's web page and at least an hour after CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown reported it. Even if Andrea Mitchell wasn't really still waiting, the point is made.
Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for President. Yes, this is historic - an African American will be our nominee. It is something for our Party to be proud of. But a different dream will die tonight, and I would hope Obama and his supporters will be sensitive to it. The chance of a woman being our Presidential nominee in this election will die tonight. For many women, this is a hard night because of it.
They dripped, then drizzled, then flowed in Barack Obama's direction Tuesday. And even before the votes were counted in Montana and South Dakota, SDs gave Barack Obama the nomination. His "over-the-top" moment (2,118 delegates to "clinch") came at 9 p.m. EDT:
Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN projects as polls in the South Dakota primary closed at 9 p.m. ET.
So much for his campaign's early - and frequent - protests that if superdelegates were to "override" the will of voters it would be seen as an insult.
Be careful not to throw stones when you live in a glass house. As I have pointed out many times, when Barack Obama accuses other candidates of questionable ethics and unsavory connections to lobbyists, he really needs to be careful. Even though the media aren't uniformly good at their job (see this), there are some journalists and some media outlets that still take their responsibility seriously: