Update on 8/9: New York Times correction: “An article on Tuesday about the relationship between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama inaccurately described a moment involving them while they were doing television interviews after the State of the Union address. Mrs. Clinton took a circuitous route past Mr. Obama not to avoid him, but to accommodate a television producer.”
Naderites and PINOs at Big Blogs are pumping their fists in the air over a Big Media story today that once again trades in gossip and “catty” female stereotypes. The New York Times story once again attempts to push the Big Media narrative of Hillary as calculating, catty, cunning, and another “c” word who feels entitled.
The actual facts do not intrude in this typical Big Media narrative story which Naderites and PINOs are rejoicing in.
Here are the facts: Hillary campaigned (even in lightning storms) to help elect Obama to the Senate. Hillary and Bill Clinton helped Obama when he was in the Senate. Obama repaid Hillary with scorn and abuse. The story notes that right after his election Obama was overheard (supposedly by Hillary) puffing his chest in a Lebron James way and bragging “I outpoll her in Illinois.” Hillary has good relations with fellow Senators Dodd and Biden who treat her with respect. The New York Times does not bother to mention the ugly anonymous attacks the Obama campaign launched against Bill Clinton, knowing the stories were false. [Obama has still not apologized to Bill Clinton]. But the New York Times does not bother with facts. The Big Media narrative does not like facts.
Here’s how the New York Times does the Big Media narrative dance. First, ignore the history in which Obama was helped by Hillary to get elected and the insults he hurled her way. Start the story in January 2007 to imply that Hillary is upset that Obama is running against her. This narrative gets the “entitlement” smear right out in front and ignore how hard Hillary works and how she has earned her frontrunner status:
The tension between the two Democratic presidential hopefuls, which has spilled into public view in the last three weeks, has been intensifying since January. It is clear that the genteel decorum of the Senate has given way to the go-for-the-jugular instinct of the campaign trail.
As the Senate held late sessions of back-to-back votes before its summer break, the two rivals kept a careful eye on each other as they moved across the Senate floor. For more than two hours one night, often while standing only a few feet apart, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama never approached each other or exchanged so much as a pleasantry.
The scene repeated itself the next evening, a departure from the clubby confines of the Senate, where even the fiercest adversaries are apt to engage in the legislative equivalent of cocktail party chitchat.
Second, mention how “fake” Hillary is by being publically polite and singing Happy Birthday:
When the cameras are on them, they can make a point of showing good sportsmanship. At a Democratic forum Saturday in Chicago, Mrs. Clinton smiled and moved her hands as though she was conducting a choir when an audience of liberal bloggers sang “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Obama, who was turning 46.
Follow the atmospheric alleged fakeness of Hillary with Obama making a substantive critique of Hillary and lobbyists to further diminish Hillary:
By the end of the event, Mr. Obama had called her “Hillary” in a sharp tone, criticizing her for accepting contributions from lobbyists.
After a tableu vivant of Hillary and Obama at the Senate, the New York Times finally gets to some background history:
It was not always this way.
When Mr. Obama was running for the Senate in 2004, Mrs. Clinton once sat on the tarmac waiting out a lightning storm to fly to Chicago for a fund-raiser on his behalf. After he arrived in Washington in 2005, he studied her first year in office and worked to keep a similarly studious and low profile. After Hurricane Katrina, he joined Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton as they visited storm evacuees in Houston.
Immediately the story veers from the Obama slights against Hillary to Hillary the alleged cold and calculating and … well, Hell’s Bells, Let’s Blame Hillary:
The relationship began to change when Mr. Obama began musing aloud about a presidential bid. The day he opened his exploratory committee, several Senate observers said, he extended his hand and said hello on the Senate floor. She breezed by him, offering a cool stare.
One week later, after the State of the Union address, the two senators found themselves doing back-to-back interviews on CNN. Mr. Obama went first, with Mrs. Clinton pacing a few feet away. Finally, an aide escorted her completely around the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, avoiding walking directly by Mr. Obama.
Many Senate observers, even those close to Mrs. Clinton, say they believe she set the less-than-collegial tone. But Mr. Obama offered a glimpse into his own competitiveness two years ago when a Chicago television reporter told him about snagging a hallway interview with Mrs. Clinton.
“I outpoll her in Illinois,” Mr. Obama said. Then, realizing how his remark might sound, he added, “That was a joke!”
We’re supposed to believe that poor Obama, the innocent, is just joking but nameless “observers” believe it’s Hillary that’s to blame.