Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The New York Times stands out as a primary transmission belt for the Clinton campaign’s effort to melt the ice-queen image...

Brent Bozell on Humanizing Hillary, Canonizing Chelsea:
Here’s one sign that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential frontrunner. Reporters are tripping over themselves to convince us how likable and human she is, strong and yet nurturing. It’s the same playbook the media used for Al Gore and John Kerry, both just as stiff, robotic, and unlikeable then as Hillary is now. So they’re portraying Hillary not only as strong and invincible, but also as warm as a down comforter and as sweet as Mrs. Butterworth.


Two days later, Hillary’s enablers at the Times were back at the task. At the top of the front page was a story on "Chelsea Clinton, Primed for a Second Stint as First Daughter." In a big color photo, Chelsea stood between two Hillarys, a smiling real one and a regal official painting. Reporter Jodi Kantor played them as two clones of Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. Both mother and daughter were favorably described by ever-present "friends" of Hillary: like her mother, Chelsea has the habit of "pre-empting questions by asking lots of them," the "passionate interest" in health care, and the tendency to sound scripted. Both mother and daughter have used White House contacts to build careers, but "won over skeptical colleagues with their diligence and enthusiasm." Even now, Kantor rhapsodized, Chelsea is still "playing a more glamorous version of her lifelong role: model daughter."
Read it all here.

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