You know, I'm getting pretty tired of Edwards, who appears to be running really, really hard for a vp slot with Obama – unless he's hoping the two big guys will destroy each other, leaving the meek and slimy to inherit the earth.
And I'm rather annoyed at this whole non-issue.
And I'm more than a little tired at what seems to me to be a consistent media bias against Hillary.
For anyone who hasn't been paying attention,
here's what one of my favorite media watchers has to say about this whole thing.
I'm not letting go of this one — sorry. The New York Times has — for the third time,
now — printed a truncated version of Hillary's controversial quote
about Martin Luther King in a piece running in Sunday's paper.
Adding to the absurdity, this time the paper did it in an article that was about whether her words had been distorted. Seriously. The piece is entitled, "Clinton Accuses Obama Camp of Distorting Her Words."
Presumably an article about this subject would contain
Hillary's actual quote, to allow readers to make up their own minds
about what she meant. But this is how The Times's Adam Nagourney and Patrick Healy characterize the comments:
This was what Mrs. Clinton said on Monday: “Dr. King’s
dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.” At a
later stop, she said that her remark had not captured what she had
sought to portray.
Actually, this isn't what Mrs. Clinton said on Monday, which is pretty bizarre, considering that The Times began that paragraph with, "this is what Mrs. Clinton said on Monday." The full quote — what Hillary really said — is
"I would point to the fact that that Dr. King's dream began to be
realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
when he was able to get through Congress something that President
Kennedy was hopeful to do, the President before had not even tried, but
it took a president to get it done. That dream became a reality, the
power of that dream became a real in people's lives because we had a
president who said we are going to do it, and actually got it
I'm going to try to say this as clearly as I can. Even if you think the
edited version of the quote isn't a distortion of the original in any
way, that still doesn't mean you don't have an obligation to share the
original quote with readers.
And since Obama's campaign folks are calling this insulting to MLK, and Edwards has been hopping up and down with a big "me too", it is worth trying to see why this is supposedly such an awful thing to have said.
Somehow I don't see why this is supposed to be so awful – she is pointing out how a president can be a force for desired change, which seems like something we might actually need reminding of after two terms of GWB.