Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Tim Russert
“We were stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of Tim Russert. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, his son Luke, his father who we all have come to know as Big Russ, his extended family and all of his many friends and colleagues at NBC who have suffered a tremendous loss. Always true to his proud Buffalo roots, Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe to toe with him. In seeking answers to tough questions, he helped inform the American people and make our democracy stronger. We join his friends, fans and loved ones in mourning his loss and celebrating his remarkable contribution to our nation."
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:
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.
A male writer/journalist finally notices and comments on what women have been commenting on for months: MSNBC's media bias in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. Isaac Chotiner (The New Republic) has wandered into what appears to be new territory (for the pro-Obama crowd). He makes deeply intelligent observations about the "boys" pushing Hillary out of the race. Clearly this is breaking news: