Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Who's up? Who's down?

I am once again linking to a post by Glenn Greenwald for his analysis on the sudden "discovery" of Obama's sins.
When the Right and the media assumed that Hillary Clinton was the inevitable nominee and that Obama couldn't win, the Right just "loved" Obama, and people like The New Republic's Jason Zengerle marveled at what they actually believed was the astonishing (and real) phenomenon that no "conservative writer [is] able to withstand Obama's charms." Now that it appears that Obama rather than Clinton will likely be the nominee, that has, quite predictably, reversed itself completely: suddenly the Right hates Obama and has great respect for Hillary Clinton.

And, as always, the media follows along exactly the same path. When it looked to them as though Hillary would win, the media hated her and was largely deferential to Obama. Now, the reverse is true. As Thomas Edsall wrote last week: "In a blink of an eye, the media has jumped ship from the Obama campaign and become a crucial Clinton ally." One can trace the media's complete reversal regarding Obama to exactly the moment when it appeared he would actually win.
One of the more annoying aspects of this Jeremiah Wright stuff is listening to Conservative Commentators pretend that the media are a bunch of jerks for ignoring all this stuff. They ignored it to. Rather it looks like the media and the right wing commentators were sort of in lockstep. When it seemed important to tear down Hillary Clinton, both the Media and the Conservatoids did it; now that Obama is ahead, well they are both tearing him down.

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