Scene: Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
Date & Time: 2/4/08: 10:30 AM
Players: 1. Lisa Wexler, sitting with the press corps, no laptop, blackberry or other communicating device. Holding a tiny Olympus recorder, realizing it has no battery.
2. Clinton’s traveling press corps, complete with every communication device known to man.
3. Clinton’s traveling press corps camerapeople, whose cameras I have come to realize are frequently used as a lethal weapon if you happen to be in the way of a good shot.
Act I: Hillary Clinton walks into the room with a smile, sits down. Hillary Clinton is introduced by a man who works at the Yale Child Study Center, who fondly remembers Hillary from her days as a Yale Law Student when she volunteered her time at the Center to help abused children.
After a heartfelt and warm introduction, Hillary says with a smile something to the effect of , I thought I wasn’t going to tear up, but now it seems like I might be on a different path…
The moment passes, it is clear there is real affection at the table, and the discussion begins.
Act II: Immediately, the person writing for the Daily News (not sure whose Daily News, incidentally ,but saw that by-line at top)- types on his laptop: “Hillary Clinton tears up again…”
HELLO? I was right there- this was a normal emotional moment, and a normal comment for someone to make after such a personal introduction. What is this particular journalist trying to prove with his headline? Why this headline? Is he trying to show that Hillary is on an emotional roller-coaster? That she cries all the time???
This is precisely the kind of slanted reporting that I despise.
These politicians simply can’t get a break. Period. No wonder why it’s so hard to get good people to run for office these days- the media must take some responsibility for this.
And here is another tidbit for good measure:
So I’m sitting next to a journalist who travels with Hillary’s campaign, who isn’t even voting tomorrow. Why do I have the feeling that she isn’t the only one?
Did I tell you I have no respect for people who don’t vote???- especially if they are in the media, when they are, theoretically, more informed. Although, based on what I saw today, maybe it is just as well…
Tomorrow I get to vote- yeah!