Remember, Just Because You’re Paranoid …

Thu, February 28, 2008


… doesn’t mean they aren’t really out to get you.

In all great humor, there’s always a grain of truth.

Sure, Comedy Central is having a little fun, but how do we explain MSNBC’s Chris Matthews turning a guest’s favorable comment about both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the pre-Ohio debate coverage into one just about Obama?

Matthews’ guest, a representative of the Ohio Democratic Party, asked the crowd to respond if they liked the views of the Democratic candidates on a particular issue (sorry, I can’t remember which one!).

Then Matthews immediately instructed the crowd to cheer if they backed Obama’s position, excluding Hillary. The Democratic Party guest quickly jumped in and asked for those in favor of Hillary on that same issue to cheer. To my ears, about an equal number hooped it up for Obama as for Hillary. Matthews dismissed the Hillary backers, saying, “That’s just one guy making a lot of noise.”

Granted, this is just an example of one person, but after a while, you’ve got to wonder — maybe they really ARE out to get her.

Cross-posted from one of PunditMom’s other “day jobs” at MOMocrats.

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10 Responses to “Remember, Just Because You’re Paranoid …”

  1. jen Says:

    i think we can all go back and forth on this forever. but at the end of the day i think we are a mysogynistic society.

    like i said, we can go back and forth on this forever.

  2. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah Says:

    It may be true. But that being said (as much as I would love to see a woman President) the idea of Hillary Clinton being in charge of this country scared the bejesus out of me. There is something about her that creeps me out.

    It is my eloquence that makes everybody take me so seriously.

  3. Jerseygirl89 Says:

    Did you see what Saturday Night Live did with this last week? They did a mock debate, with Obama getting questions like, “Do you want a coffee?” and Hillary getting questions that were all long-winded and nasty. So I guess I’ve seen it more as the media loving Obama than being out to get Hillary specifically. But then again, I didn’t think W. would ever be president – what do I know?

  4. Sornie Says:

    I think it is just bias against the possibility of having another Clinton in the White House. It gets said alot but I am thinking that the media is very against that possibility.

  5. Donna Says:

    I think they are out to get her, just as I think there WAS a vast right-wing conspiracy against the Clinton administration — and that the media chose to ignore other candidates like John Edwards. And I don’t like it.

  6. presto Says:

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the media, particularly the cable news stations, have exhibited a strong anti-Hilllary bias. Put in a few large chunks of time listening to CNN and, worse, MSNBC and form your own opinion.

    Racism is, of course, unacceptable. Sexism seems to be fair game. I realize Hillary gets a lot of flack simply because she has a vocal anti-anything-to-do-with-her group, but the language is distinctly vile and mysogynist.

  7. Jennifer James Says:

    A lot of people talk about poor, poor Hillary and a bias against women. But what if Obama had teared up in N.H? America would have told him to hit to skids.

    As far as Hillary is concerned the whole world is out to get her. What is she going to do if she becomes pres and Arab men think she shouldn’t even look at them in the eye? or even speak? Who is going to complain to then? Bill?

  8. PunditMom Says:

    Jennifer, I’m not sure I agree — if men tear up, they’re showing they can be vulnerable, and everyone liked that. If women cry, we’re just being hormonal. I agree that Hillary should never have played the victim/don’t pick on me card — but that doesn’t mean they’re not picking on her.

  9. Jennifer James Says:

    I can see your point, Pundit Mom. But I have to wonder, where was her complaint about the media when she was leading in the polls and everyone thought she would skate to the nomination?

    America likes winners, she just happens to be losing right now. But I guarantee if she wins in TX and OH, my goodness, she’ll be the media darling again, the comeback kid, the resilient one.

    I will concede that during the 1-on-1 debates she was given the first question most of the time. I even noticed it before she brought it up.

    I just hate the whining.

    By the way, did you see this Obama ad.

  10. Professor J Says:

    I’m thinking they ARE out to get her.

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