Tuesday Reads: I’m So Sick of the Tired Media Narrative about Hillary

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Good Morning!!

I’m having one of those mornings when I feel completely unsettled and discombobulated about current events. All my life I’ve felt like an “outsider,” because I didn’t see the world in the same ways so many other people did.

As I have gotten older, I’ve realized that I’m far from unique; I know many people have this feeling. But when national and world events get as crazy as they are now, that feeling comes back to me. Why are so many people seemingly brainwashed by cultural memes?

We constantly hear and read that Hillary Clinton is a horrible, terribly flawed person who is constantly “struggling” to overcome her opponents because of her awful “speaking style,” her “inauthentic” personality, her “secrecy”–and that’s just from people who are not over-the-top Clinton haters.

From the Bernie bros and the GOP, we hear that she is practically the Devil incarnate–“cozy” with Wall Street and Walmart, a “criminal,” an “enabler,” and on and on. And yet, Hillary has millions more popular votes in the primaries than either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.

Why is it that millions of people have no difficulty seeing Hillary’s “humanity,” her kindness, her love for children, her intelligence, her competence, her basic decency when so many in the media can’t? It seems that once people are part of the media in-crowd, they feel they must adopt certain Clinton stereotypes. Why is it that even wholehearted Clinton supporters like Joan Walsh feel compelled to write in every article that she is a “flawed candidate?” What candidate does not have flaws?

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

What got me started on this train of thought–for the umpteenth time–is a long piece by Rebecca Traister in New York Magazine: Hillary Clinton vs.Herself. There’s nothing simple about this candidacy—or candidate. I’ll be honest: I couldn’t even finish reading the article. This whole approach to Hillary–that somehow she is her own worst enemy–has just gotten so tired. I can’t take it anymore. Here’s Traister describing the “problem” with Hillary:

All the epic allusions contribute to the difficulty Clinton has long had in coming across as, simply, a human being. She is uneasy with the press and ungainly on the stump. Catching a glimpse of the “real” her often entails spying something out of the corner of your eye, in a moment when she’s not trying to be, or to sell, “Hillary Clinton.” And in the midst of a presidential campaign, those moments are rare. You could see her, briefly,letting out a bawdy laugh in response to a silly question in the 11th hour of the Benghazi hearings, and there she was, revealed as regular in her damned emails, where she made drinking plans with retiring Maryland senator and deranged emailer Barbara Mikulski. Her inner circle claims to see her — to really see her, and really like her — every day. They say she is so different one-on-one, funny and warm and devastatingly smart. It’s hard for people who know her to comprehend why the rest of America can’t see what they do.

“The rest of America?” Isn’t this really a media problem? About 12 million people have voted for Hillary in the Democratic primaries. Around 18 million voted for her in the 2008 primaries. She was elected twice to the Senate from New York. She is well known and admired around the world. Personally, I have no problem seeing Hillary as likable, even when she gives speeches. She has a beautiful smile and to me her personality comes through in debates, interviews, and speeches. But reporters and writers insist on denying my view of reality.

Far from feeling like I was with an awkward campaigner, I watched her do the work of retail politics — the handshaking and small-talking and remembering of names and details of local sites and issues — like an Olympic athlete. Far from seeing a remote or robotic figure, I observed a woman who had direct, thoughtful, often moving exchanges: with the Wheelers, with home health-care workers and union representatives and young parents. I caught her eyes flash with brief irritation at an MSNBC chyron reading “Bernie Sanders can win” and with maternal annoyance as she chided press aide Nick Merrill for not throwing out his empty water bottle. I saw her break into spontaneous dance with a 2-year-old who had been named after her, Big Hillary stamping her kitten heels and clapping her hands and making “Oooh-ooh-ooh” noises. I heard her proclaim, with unself-conscious joy, from the pulpits of two black churches in Philadelphia, that “this is the day that the Lord has made!” and watched the young campaign staff at her Brooklyn headquarters bounce up and down with the anticipation of getting to shake her hand.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Why these observations, the crowd reactions, and the fact that Hillary is winning do not convince Traister that the problem is somewhere else than with her, I cannot explain. And that’s why I couldn’t finish the article. Perhaps I’ll go back and read the rest later on.

A good antidote to the fixed media “narrative” about Hillary can be found at Cannonfire these days. Joseph Cannon has been on a mission to expose Bernie and his bros as well as the media memes about “the Clintons.” Today he exposes one of those wacky Bernie bros who have been writing for Huffington Post and Salon throughout the campaign: Meet Crazy Frank Huguenard, a CLASSIC BernieBro. Huguenard is in the news because he posted a piece at HuffPo that was deleted. In it he claimed that Hillary was about to be indicted.

The case instantly became a cause celebre, widely discussed on the right. The author of that deleted article, Frank Huguenard, has aired his grievances on Breitbart.

“Huffpo has yet to respond to my request for an explanation,” Huguenard tweeted at this Breitbart News reporter Monday morning. “I’ve got my sources, they never asked.”

Huguenard later told Breitbart News, “I want to do another story but my HuffPo account has been temporarily disabled. Not sure what’s happening with them.”

I think I know why the thing was deleted: Huguenard is a liar. He falsely claimed that Hillary is being indicted because an official investigation revealed the Clinton Foundation to be a criminal enterprise.

Janis Joplin

Here is the actual wording:

James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.

The truth: There is NO GODDAMNED INVESTIGATION OF THE CLINTON FOUNDATION and thus NO INDICTMENT.

Huguenard has no secret sources. If the DOJ were looking into the Clinton Foundation, would a little-known New Age whackadoodle find out before the New York Times or the AP or the Washington Post? If Huguenard has a source, why didn’t he name that source in his HuffPo piece? Why didn’t he offer a name to Breitbart?

Read the rest at Cannonfire, and while you’re there, check out some of Cannon’s other recent posts. He’s on a roll!

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

California Governor Jerry Brown has endorsed Hillary Clinton in an open letter to California Democratic primary voters. An excerpt:

On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump….

Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee….

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.

Now, a couple of Trump stories:

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe

I love this headline at The Telegraph: Donald Trump is a ‘vulgar, demented, pig demon’ says Hillary Clinton’s ex adviser.

Alec Ross, who was senior aide to Clinton during her term as Secretary of State, was speaking at The Hay Festival in Wales about the industries of the future.

Ross, said that the most open countries would have the greatest success in the coming decades because the biggest emerging markets were big data and genomics. But he warned that America could become a more closed society if Donald Trump was elected president.

“We’re having this struggle very publicly in the United States right now where a vulgar, demented, pig demon named Donald Trump is trying to make the United States a more closed society.

“We’ll be saying, no more brown people, no more Muslims, let’s get women back in the kitchen. Let’s make America great again.

“What he’s talking about is taking emasculated men in their forties, fifties and sixties who are not living the life they hoped for in their teens and twenties and saying, ‘you know what? there are people to blame for this. And we’re going to build a wall and we’re going make America great again.

“At the core of that is the struggle between being an open society and a closed society. And so if you want to know where the trillions of dollars of wealth creation that are going to come with the commercialisation of genomics, and the creation of big data companies, and the AI machine learning companies and all of the industries of the future my overarching line here is it’s going to be the most open societies.

Please go read the rest. It’s great.

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey

This is a right wing source, but it answers a question that has puzzled me: Byron York: Why Trump attacked Martinez.

Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. But the story was really very simple: Martinez hit Trump, so Trump hit back. Especially now that Trump is the GOP’s presumptive nominee, he attempted to make an example of a Republican who won’t get with the program. It might work, or it might not, but from Trump’s perspective it’s the tactic he used to beat 15 rivals for the GOP nomination.

The Trump-Martinez bewilderment focused on four factors: Martinez is Hispanic, she’s a woman, she’s a Republican (head of the Republican Governors Association), and she’s popular. “I think it sent all the wrong signals,” said Newt Gingrich, who has generally been pro-Trump. “You particularly don’t want to see your candidate who needs to…get stronger with Latinos, and stronger with women, attack a Latina woman Republican governor.” ….

“[Martinez] continues to attack him publicly and privately,” one person in TrumpWorld told me recently. Trump has made a principle of hitting back harder than he is hit. And he has been so effective that many Republicans, elected and not, have decided the smart thing is to refrain from taking on Trump, even if they oppose him.

My guess is the fact that Martinez is a woman who dared to stand up to him had something to do with Trump’s angry response.

What else is happening? What stories are you following today?


94 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: I’m So Sick of the Tired Media Narrative about Hillary”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Their first ever endorsement:

    Major environmental group endorses Hillary Clinton

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/nrdc_endorses_hillary_clinton.html#incart_river_home

    A major environmental group, the NRDC Action Fund, will endorse Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in its first-ever political endorsement in a presidential election.

  2. dakinikat says:

    BB: Did you see this?

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/kitty-genoveses-brother-re-examines-her-1964-murder-in-documentary-film-1464642771

    Kitty Genovese’s Brother Re-Examines Her 1964 Murder in Documentary Film
    Bill Genovese interviews surviving witnesses and those who knew his sister in ‘The Witness’

  3. dakinikat says:

    WTF is wrong with this man?

    Sanders: I’m Heading to the Convention Even If Clinton Sweeps Calif., NJ Primaries

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sanders-heading-convention-clinton-snags-delegates-ca-nj/story?id=39491735&cid=abcn_fb

    “I think you know there’s been some discussion that some of the media is going to say the campaign is over, she is the nominee on Tuesday night after the votes come in from New Jersey — that’s not accurate,” said Sanders, who has been feverishly campaigning in California, where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.

  4. Delphyne49 says:

    BB, I finished the article and really liked it. I saw it as a push back to the MSM view of Hillary, not us ordinary people who love her and see her for the magnificent, accomplished, brilliant, beautiful inside and out woman that she is. In fact, I saved the article to reread later on.

    • bostonboomer says:

      OK, Thanks for telling me. I’ll go back and read the whole thing.

      • joanelle says:

        yes, do read it – I almost didn’t finish it but slogged through it and was glad I did

    • Fredster says:

      I agree Delphyne. BB try to finish the article. I got a link to it late last night and when reading it was disappointed at first but it’s as Delphyne said. I changed my initial perception of the piece after I finished reading it.

    • quixote says:

      I read it and, yeah, it’s good in that it’s maybe closer to the thinking of someone who doesn’t care for Clinton. So they would probably be likelier to be persuaded by the points she makes. But the big disappointment, as bb and others have pointed out, is the lack of explicitness about the central problem.

      Hello? If you have an enormously accomplished, intelligent, kind human being and yet way too many people insist on dumping on her. Maybe you want to think about why that is? Maybe the problem is you? And others like you? Maybe it’s — gasp — internalized sexism and misogyny and the whole truckload of garbage you’d rather not see?

    • Carissa says:

      Jumping in to echo everyone else. Traister does a good job of unwrapping it all. The article title, however, sucks.

  5. RalphB says:

    Rebecca Traister’s article was actually quite good and was very favorable to Hillary before it was done.

    Another topic but this blog post from David Hopkins of Boston U provides a good explanation of Sanders crazy behavior and what I generally despise about the pro-left in general.

    Honest Graft: Why Bernie Sanders Loves to Argue About Process

    • bostonboomer says:

      I got the feeling it would end up positive, but I get so disgusted with all the hem-hawing around these writers feel they must do before saying anything good about Hillary.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        First they have to prove some sort of loyalty to the MSM line that Hillary isn’t “all that” before they can get to saying something positive about her. Apparently it’s a hoop that women journalists feel they must jump through to be taken seriously.

        • bostonboomer says:

          It seems that way. Joan Walsh does the exact same thing.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            It’s as if they have to qualify themselves as non bias before they say anything good about her. I’ve seen the pattern too, so you’re not alone in your observation.

      • Fannie says:

        Thanks for your post today BB. Luv the photos, Janis, Dylan, and all the cats. I pretty much feel like you do, for sure, there is a haze, like a net thrown over Hillary, and I just want to cut to chase, she’s real.

        I have the garden planted, and playing in the dirt has been good therapy for me. Getting back to some normal eating……..you know having that surgery did impact my sinsus. Anyway, school out for the grand kids, and going to be spending time with them too.

        Next Tuesday can’t come soon enough. TY

    • bostonboomer says:

      That guy is at BC, not BU (my Alma Mater), big difference. But the article is interesting. I do have a problem with his referencing Bernie and his followers as “liberal” and “left” as opposed to Hillary, but I get why he’s doing it. The thing is that Bernie is really just a nasty, angry old man who can’t accept losing to a woman. What else does he have except for “process” complaints?

      • RalphB says:

        Bernie is more transparently an angry asshole but there’s not really that much difference between him and the loons who campaigned against all the bluedog Democrats thus replacing them with tea party Republicans. They’re delusional twits.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I heard the Bernie bros are going to try to run candidates against sitting Congresspeople, just like the Tea Party.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Charlie Cook, the voice of reason for today: The Trump-Clinton Race Is Not As Close As It Looks.

    https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/627079?oref=t.co&mref=twitter_post&unlock=H7TWA2V6N3YWM2D8

    • Thanks so much for this, BB. I’ve already forwarded it to a friend who had sent me a piece by a Canadian pundit (Bernie supporter) showing the dire consequences of a Clinton candidacy. This article was the perfect antidote.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Arizona Republican Suggests “Sterilizing Women As A Condition For Receiving Food Stamps”

    http://politicops.com/arizona-republican-suggests-sterilizing-women-condition-receiving-food-stamps/

    • ANonOMouse says:

      That’s the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard!!!

    • Delphyne49 says:

      This is from an article I read this morning…

      Beginning in the 1970s, we see the intersection of eugenics and punitive welfare policies. After African-American women fought to receive maternity-related welfare benefits (which were initially mostly made available to white women), state eugenics boards began targeting African-American women on welfare for forced sterilizations. These women were told that in order to continue receiving assistance, they had to get sterilized. This continued into the 1980s and even the 1990s, when many states considered legislation that would make taking Norplant, a long-acting birth control, a requirement in order to receive welfare benefits.

      Here is the link to it: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36205-the-historical-roots-of-contemporary-violence-against-pregnant-black-womenB

    • Fannie says:

      Tried to add this to his wiki dick page.

    • Fannie says:

      Hahaha………………Pierce resigned, and said someone else said it, and the liberals are using it against the republicans……………

      His ass got canned in Arizona. His full time job by the way, is right wing commentator. Glad this boy is a GONER, except for his family church and community, who support him 110%

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    Hillary was endorsed by Jerry Brown today. That’s a solid endorsement that will help in California.

    • Ms. Becky says:

      The pundits are parsing the endorsement – he stated only that he is endorsing Hillary, not necessarily recommending that anyone else do so. What the fuck would we do without these talking heads to make that distinction for us?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I don’t know how I’ve managed to get by for 7 decades without these folks telling me how to interpret everything.

        • joanelle says:

          Oh, mouse, we’ve just been so very lucky I guess. There just a bunch of goof balls.

      • Jslat says:

        Just think of them as pundicks. Makes it easier to endure them.

      • William says:

        He said that he is voting for Hillary, and that he sees her as the only path forward to stopping Trump. He cites her abilities. He sends the letter out so that others can see it. For the media to try to somehow twist that into something less than favorable, is a major testament to their palpable bias. Because no one who wasn’t biased could possibly manage to contort it in that way.

  9. dakinikat says:

    Clinton Fans in California Torch Sanders as Egotistical and Destructive
    The acrimony intensifies as Clinton fans accuse Sanders of boosting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-26/clinton-fans-in-california-torch-sanders-as-egotistical-and-destructive

    • ANonOMouse says:

      That’s good news. There was a Survey USA Poll released after the PPIC poll that had Hillary up by 18. But, I think her internal polls might be showing the margin closing because she cancelled a NJ stop to return to campaigning in CA. She will close this thing out once and for all next Tuesday whether Bernard likes it or not.

      • dakinikat says:

        Every one but the berners are berned out

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think Hillary cancelled NJ events because Bernie isn’t contesting NJ and Hillary will win in a landslide there. Besides, she was in NJ last night and will be there today. I think she wants to be in CA when she gives her victory speech after the NJ votes come in and make her the nominee.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I also noticed that they’ve quit polling Bernie against Trump in the latest State Polling. That’s a sure sign the pollsters think he’s finished. That happened to Hillary in 2008.

    • Fredster says:

      I hope they aren’t continuing to cite that PPIC poll because it was a terrible poll, not worth squat.

    • Fannie says:

      Whoa, I am sure thinking of California, and about 2008 when I worked for Hillary campaign, and how I luv the politics of big old California…………far different than Idaho.

  10. dakinikat says:

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/trumps-incestuous-intertwining-organized-crime/

    Steve Villano
    The Trumps: ‘An Incestuous Intertwining with Organized Crime’

    • quixote says:

      That is a jaw-dropping and well-sourced article.

      And to think there was a time when I thought the Shrub was an epitome of amorality.

      In universities, tenured professors who have every job protection possible can still be fired for “moral turpitude.” You’d think there’d be at least that much of a check or balance on running for President.

    • joanelle says:

      Yikes!

  11. Jslat says:

    Hillary has been endorsed by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Another big voting block in CA.

    http://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2016/05/28/asian-congressional-pac-led-by-californians-backs-clinton/

  12. Pat Johnson says:

    I can’t take anymore. I detest Trump but my hatred toward Bernie is burning even brighter.

    I hope when he finally returns to the Senate he is shunned by the Dems since he has earned the contempt he deserves.

    Trump is an inherent danger and concentration should be focused on defeating that assailed without having to listen to that incessant whine from Bernie.

    I want to kick his butt all the way to Vermont!

    • Fannie says:

      Haven’t you heard, his wife, Jane, says they are going to start a new organization! Holy shit.

  13. palhart says:

    I’m not reading political blogs in detail or watching MSNBC non-stop as I did in 2008. So my opinion has a distance to it. My 70 to 80 hours a week pushing for Clinton didn’t get her elected then and my near political absence now won’t change her odds, even though she has my vote. We Americans will lose a great opportunity for an experienced, intelligent, compassionate president if she loses, but she will have make a gallant attempt in her two runs and can retire from political office and make many of the poor suckers wish she was in the WH. Just as some commenters did within the first hundred days of Obama’s presidency. The only real hope is in the maturity and levelheadedness of the silent majority who votes in November. What we are witnessing is carnival, ole white guy privilege and jousting for power and position, and an absence of attention to founding principles to sustain a great democracy.

  14. ANonOMouse says:

    Bernard, sleeping on the job.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      We’re getting ready to break the glass ceiling for you Eleanor. Wish you were here!!!

      • Fannie says:

        Yes we are Mouse, for SURE.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Yes we are Fannie. I already have my bottle of champagne to toast our NOMINEE. When I think of all the women who’ve gone before us who worked so hard to make this day possible, to pave the way for this moment, I get teary eyed. This time we’re going to bust through the glass ceiling and prove to all women and girls everywhere that Women can hold the most important job in the world. Madam President Hillary Clinton will be our Commander and Chief this time next year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed we all live to see it.