John on November 21, 2007 at 9:42 am
This review of Media Matters has some terrific lines in it:
I’ve never been in on a board meeting at Media Matters, but my storehouse of knowledge about Mrs. Clinton leads me to surmise that interns are exhorted to find anything, the more minute the better, that can be expanded into a thousand-word “correction,” or better still, an “indictment.” It seems a somewhat clever initiative in the politics of subterfuge. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton actually believes that if she successfully ensnares the public’s time and attention trying to unravel reams of meaningless verbal diarrhea, she will be able to run the election gauntlet, without anyone taking so much as a glimpse at her utter lack of substance, credentials, executive experience, integrity or honesty.
For all the hoopla surrounding Media Matters, and their army of paid tattlers, there doesn’t really seem to be anything truly meaningful there.
The whole thing amounts to using mounds of nit-picking verbiage, hearsay, rumor and innuendo (a verbal smokescreen) to accuse journalists of misrepresenting their Nanny-Founder. This creates a distraction from substance, and would seem to allow Hillary Clinton’s supporters to believe that they are buying a scrupulously well-tested “product.”
“Reams of meaningless verbal diarrhea.” Yeah, that about sums it up.
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