Tuesday, July 22, 2008


From the Chris Matthews Show

ROGER SIMON: The optics are all very good on this trip. I mean, the beginning of this trip is so good, Senator Obama might just want to call off the end and just keep running the videotape. He goes into a gym, everybody, all the service people there cheer. He shoots a basket, you know, it goes through the hoop. He's obviously standing there with troops, they seem to be liking him, smiling. They don't seem to feel that Barack Obama wants to desert them, to leave them in Iraq. This is exactly what the Obama campaign hoped for, and this was supposed to be the tough part of the trip. The meatiest part of the trip in Jordan and Israel may be tough in terms of foreign policy, but the back end of the trip to cheering European crowds will certainly be as good if not better than this. So I think he's feeling very good right now.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Andrea, I want to get ethnic a little bit here --

ANDREA MITCHELL: This is message --

MATTHEWS: Yeah, go ahead, please.

MITCHELL: Let me just say something about the message management. He didn't have reporters with him, he didn't have a press pool, he didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you're seeing is not reporters brought in. You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they're not interviews from a journalist. So, there's a real press issue here. Politically it's smart as can be. But we've not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before.

When Matthews inquired about the atmospherics of the trip, Mitchell made clear her frustration as a reporter.

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about access to the troops, Andrea. A lot of African-American faces over there, very happy, delighted faces. Is that a representation of the percentage of servicepeople who are African-American, or did they all choose to join someone they like, apparently? What's the story?

MITCHELL: I can't really say that. Being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just cannot report on what was edited out, what was, you know, on the sidelines. That's my issue. We don't know what we are seeing.

Good on Andrea. Now, will the rest of the MSM press the Obama campaign to release the outtakes from the war zone?


At July 22, 2008 11:07 AM, Anonymous can't swallow obama's bs said...

So far, we've seen Obama blow off the people who worked to get him the nomination, in favor of the same smelly policies advocated by the same smelly corporate lobbyists who financed Bush One,Clinton, and Shrub. After eight years of Cheney/Rovian phantom-of-the-opera secrecy, we see we can expect the same imperial attitude from Obama who apparently feels the less we know the better. Hope? Change? Bah! Humbug!

At July 22, 2008 1:03 PM, Blogger Lars said...

I'm sure reporters would have had tough questions for Obama, just like they did when Bush had his news conference right before the Iraq war that was in no way scripted or rehearsed. Oh wait......

At July 22, 2008 2:10 PM, Blogger Fatmex said...

"You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they're not interviews from a journalist."

Well neither are you, Andrea. You're an overpaid, pock-marked faced, stenographer. Now, go and suck on your husband's 70+ yr old wang, will you?

At July 22, 2008 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mainstream Republican-Corporate controlled media has been on its knees before Dear Leader Bush for years on end, why would anyone presume that they would lend any credibility to the situation with their coverage? Obama isn't stupid, if the press corps had any integrity he might have treated them differently.

It's already getting old that no matter what Obama does someone is sniveling about it.

At July 22, 2008 6:32 PM, Anonymous It's already old said...

Anon 5:47 It's way past old when Obama's sniveling supporters bleat that when Obama replays Shrub's scenes (minus the flight jacket, but still the same. Maybe Obama could get a plastic turkey, but wait! He is a plastic turkey!) it's somehow different because He's the Annointed (basted?). Get a time machine and vote for Gore or Kerry then blame it all on Nader and the rest of sane America.

At July 23, 2008 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT'S ALREADY OLD 6:32 It's way past old when the holier-than-thou types, who gave us Bush I and Bush II with their sanctimonious heads wedged up an undisclosed location, bleat about their omniscient view.

Whatever you do, don't vote for Obama so you can do your part to give us George Bush's third term, then blame it on the less enlightened who don't share your unique "undisclosed location" view.

At July 24, 2008 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush III would at least let us retain an obvious evil to organize against. If Obama wins, progressives will complacently believe everything has changed and go back to sitting on their butts in front of the TV.


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