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Media Reaches a New Low

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Last Edited: February 12, 2008, 6:10 pm

When I was thinking of a title to this blog, I realized that it would be almost impossible for the media to reach a new low.  After all, Don Imus called someone's daughter a "nasty hoe" so why would it surprise me when a news anchor suggested that the Clintons were "pimping out their daughter?" 

If I recall, the Bush twins had a blast when George W. campaigned.  It's common for family members to promote the candidates. 

To me, Chelsea is one of the strongest women in the spotlight.  Although reporters say she's been sheltered, I doubt if that's true or even possible. After all, she is an educated young woman. She must get that tough quality from her mother. 

When Bill Clinton was President, I heard such disgusting jokes about their young daughter.  Do you remember in 1998 when Senator McCain said that 18 year old Chelsea was ugly?  Yet he is probably going to be the Republican nominee.  I can't imagine why anyone would vote for a man who would lower himself to that level.  His exact words were:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

I never thought Chelsea was ugly.  She was a just teenager who was going through that awkward period.  But I guess even a man who calls himself a war hero doesn't feel ashamed to insult someone's little girl when she is simply trying to deal with all the problems and insecurities that most kids have during adolescence.

It's totally amazing to me that when Bill Clinton called something Senator Obama said a "fairy tale" the MSNBC anchormen called him a racist.  Yet calling Hillary a *B* all the time, and now insulting her daughter must be different.  I guess sexist remarks aren't considered to be objectionable.

Bloggers all over the internet and people calling into radio talk shows are defending MSNBC anchorman David Shuster.  What does that tell you about the mentality of our voters and the morals of our society?  We have now begun to accept that obscenities are "cool."  One person who criticized the Clintons for overreacting asked, "What will happen when a foreign power makes an insulting remark of a similar nature?"  Well, I'm no expert on foreign affairs, but my reaction to this question would be that it will never happen.  I'm saddened that a country that prides itself on a good educational system and strong family values has been reduced to applauding reporters who use street slang on the evening news.  Have we lost our dignity as a people?

In January this same news network insulted Senator Clinton when Chris Matthews said "the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around."  Now you can say that on this board if you want and so can I.  We still have Free Speech in this country (well, some of the time) but it's not appropriate journalism and is totally sexist and unfounded.  After all what he basically said is that millions of people in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Florida (a state that doesn't seem to matter) voted for her because of her husband's infidelity?  Of course, we already know Mr. Matthews doesn't like women in politics.  He made sexist remarks against Nancy Pelosi too.

If you think I sound like a feminist, then think again.  I love it when a man opens the door for me and I certainly don't mind being complimented on a new hairdo or getting flowers.  However, requiring journalists to report the news and to keep bigotry, racism, sexism (or whatever other distasteful, personal qualities he or she possesses) out of it, isn't feminism, it's humanism.

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Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 12, 2008, 7:09 pm
Justx. This kind of stuff takes people away from what they should be concerned with. It's petty. It's designed for those who thrive on this kind of propaganda.

And the voters who let something like this sway their vote - well what can we say. There ain't no rules in politics. There are a lot of people with this kind of mentality that are sitting on the fence and are up for grabs.

Why are you defending whether you are a feminist just because you expressed your opinion - like you said

requiring journalists to report the news and to keep bigotry, racism, sexism (or whatever other distasteful, personal qualities he or she possesses)

Justx, you can't ask or expect the other party to play fair. You can't call a foul or throw a flag. That's why I take everything every body say with a grain and salt and either be entertained or enlightened.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 12, 2008, 7:22 pm
You are right Tenaj. I guess one reason I am more affected by this campaign than others is that my vote didn't count. Delegates, superdelegates or whatever goes on at the conventions is another story, but the whole thing doesn't make sense to me. A mostly Republican legislature in FL makes a decision, knowing the consequences, and we as citizens have to swallow it. We got up, we went to the polls and we voted. It should mean something. It does to me - it means that, although we were told "you don't matter" (something reiterated by Sen Obama when he said our votes don't count) that we wanted to be heard. There was a record turnout and the results were clear. In 2000 we became a joke to people around the world. Then last week the media reported that lots of people were showing up at the polls on super Tues in FL. That was a gross exaggeration. The Republicans in FL want the Democrats here to look like a bunch of inept morons.
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emilygComment by emilyg - February 12, 2008, 7:22 pm
The news is not news anymore.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - February 12, 2008, 9:29 pm
Very good blog, Nancy. I give Bill Clinton credit for not breaking McCain's jaw for making that comment publicly. That's about as bad form as you can get. Many men would have taken egregious offense at that comment about their daughter, especially a public comment.

Your "pimping out their daughter" and "the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around." quotes are great examples of how deeply the MSM is willing to dive into the dumpster.

The best way to fight them is to note their advertisers. Contact those advertisers and tell them you will not use any of their products because...etc.

Contact the offending outlet and tell them you are boycotting their advertisers because...etc.
Then stop using those products if you have in the past.

The advertisers are the lifeblood of this MSM cesspool we are swimming in today. If they lose their advertisers, they lose their soap box and it's buh bye to Chris Mathews, Faux News and the rest of the idiots who spend 10% of the time giving you their news and 90% giving you their views, oftentimes in the same sentence.




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TenajComment by Tenaj - February 12, 2008, 9:48 pm
Justx. Maybe this will make you feel better and see the game plan clearer. I got this from

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/blog/view/?id=43371

Sen. Obama's Negatives Will Rise; Hillary's Are Already Factored In.

Sen. Obama himself has been saying that even after a year, voters in places like Texas and Florida don't really know him that well. So how much do independent voters know about Barack Obama, his voting record and his past positions? Even less than Democrats know. For example, he recently told voters in Idaho that he favors the Second Amendment - but he didn't mention that, in the past, he supported a complete ban on all handguns.

If he were the nominee, the Republican attack machine would have immediately rolled out his full record - and his independent Idaho support would have evaporated. So far, the Republicans have been laying low. Sen. Obama has never faced a credible Republican opponent or the Republican attack machine, so voters are taking a chance that his current poll numbers will hold up after the Republicans get going.

With Hillary, the GOP has already tried just about every attack and has failed. Those attacks are already factored in her ratings, where she remains competitive against Sen. McCain. But when it comes to Sen. Obama this is a big unknown, and the likelihood is that his negatives will rise.

________________________________________________________________________________

I knew the Republicans wanted Obama to get the nominee and eat him alive later. I thought it would be mostly the silent race card but this is what they have tucked under their sleeve. It makes a lot of sense to me.

Man, they are going to eat him alive. I knew they had something for Obama. They have been praising him too much. When I heard the heads (pubs)praising Obama like he was anointed I knew something was up.

That's why I said (tongue in the cheek) that he was a pawn in a chess game and the Republican Gods were sitting atop of Mt Olympia eating ambrosia and nectar (Hillary's head) while all the time having an agenda.
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ToddComment by Todd - February 12, 2008, 11:29 pm
I don't know where you get your rumors from -- probably a left-wing attack site like Media Matters. John McCain did not make any such comment/joke. You are doing the work of left-wing smear merchants by propagating crap like that. But then again, that's the only way Hillary will ever win.

By the way, there is nothing particularly "strong" about Chelsea. I see her as an average child of a politician, someone who was given a golden ticket in life and does not seem to have done much with it.

Bill Clinton injected racism into the Democrat primary, when none previously existed. Did you notice that the black vote was basically split up until the point where he started making subtly racist comments? Now the Latino vote is swinging Obama's way too.

Even Democrats previously enamored (for whatever reason) with the Clintons are now starting to see through their fraudulent act.

*Anyone But Hillary*
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TenajComment by Tenaj - February 12, 2008, 11:40 pm
You know you have told the truth when Todd shows. I just won a bet. Thank you Todd.
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ToddComment by Todd - February 13, 2008, 12:06 am
Glad to help you out any way I can. Next, I'd like to help you find a way out of the Land of Oz.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - February 13, 2008, 12:49 am
I got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 13, 2008, 2:05 am
Gee, Todd. Funny that the bloggers on FOX's Sean Hannity's site remember reading about it in 1998! One McCain supporter is even asking why people are complaining about something that happened 10 years ago!   So even the Republicans are using McCain's remarks to support Shuster.

Okay - thank goodness for the internet! Yay! Here is a 1998 article written after McCain said it. I am trying to find the comment in the newspaper too.

http://www.salon.com/news/1998/06/25newsb.html

I guess he didn't sing "Bomb, bomb Iran" (to the tune of the Beach Boys Barbara Ann) in front of a group recently either? The man in the video on YouTube isn't an actor. Or should I just "lighten up" as McCain told critics to do?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzBxFaio1I

Rick, that's a good idea. I used to boycott a lot of things and then got selfish because of my low budget. I still try to buy products that aren't tested on animals, but I can't be really certain when I pickup something at the dollar store.

By the way, Todd. Do you remember when you always called CNN the "Clinton News Network" when they did not support President Bush? Now that they are bashing Hillary and Bill, what should I call it? The Caucus News Network?

I wrote on another blog about the so called "snafu" in my county where 60% of the Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton right? It's a big Republican county and, if anyone thinks that is a rumor, here's the article from a Naples newspaper. (Naples is one of the most right wing cities in the country.)   What's funny is that I mentioned this on another site and someone responded by saying that voters need to keep their addresses current. What don't they understand about "incorrect name" or "mistake?" This had nothing to do with the voters not registering properly. It was blamed on a printing machine. Funny that when I go to the ATM I always get the correct printed receipt, but when it comes to voting there are always these "snafus!"

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/jan/10/return-sender-absentee-ballot-safu-leaves-lee-coun/

What I meant about Chelsea being strong is that I certainly wouldn't be able to appear in public after hearing all the insults for years. Even as a teen model I was totally vulnerable to the criticism and the pressure and walked away from the spotlight at an early age. So either she has a lot of backbone or her parents raised her right or both.
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jackpotismineComment by jackpotismine - February 13, 2008, 5:42 am
I think you are right on point. Family are suppose to support each either and what Clinton daughter did and is doing is in keeping what families are for. I think people are just jealous so they resort to name calling.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - February 13, 2008, 8:34 am
Anyone doubting the fact that John McCain did indeed make that tasteless joke about Chelsea can google 'John McCain Chelsea Clinton'.
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spy153Comment by spy153 - February 13, 2008, 1:01 pm
I think that is something to the equivalence of "it's okay to call a white person a 'cracker' but it's not okay to call a black person anything but 'black', (and I have known some to complain about that word too..) I don't like double standards. And for me to say Obama is a 'racist' is a political nicety. I know my comment is going to draw all kinds out of the woodwork now. But I'm more for Hillary than Obama. I hope the collegiate voters are more aware of his words than the general public. So far, they are living up to their reasoning of their votes not counting. We are suppose to make educated votes. Not based on color, gender, etc... What I believe in is what Hillary keeps saying. Huckabee just didn't have the experience for the rat race. He would have gotten eaten alive. Hillary knows what she's in for. Obama only thinks he knows.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - February 13, 2008, 1:04 pm
Good work Justx in providing the links to the truth. Remember there are no rules in politics. You can lie, cheat, steal, be in denial, name calling and even have amnesia when it's convenient.

"Bomb, bomb Iran"LOL

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