Carol Platt Liebau: What's the Point?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

What's the Point?

This week alone, we've had two prominent pieces devoted to the state of the Clinton marriage (here and here).

If one were conspiracy minded, it would almost seem as though the press is trying to drive up Hillary's numbers (doesn't she do well when her marriage is discussed?). Surely it isn't a response to the sudden prominence of the new version of the old Al Gore. What's next? Another cover shot in Vogue?

3 Comments:

Blogger wrabkin said...

The only "conspiracy" is a press corps slavishly devoted to gossip and uninterested in policy issues.

Which, of course, is what allowed George W. Bush to be elected in the first place. Because it was much more fun to write stories saying "Al Gore says Love Story is based on him" than it would have been to do the research and realize that nothing Bush was saying actually made sense.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Hmmmmm....I get it now - the press wanted Bush to get elected so they could make fun of Gore... So Gore didn't really say that thing about love story? What book did Bush say was based on him?

7:05 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

The New York Times, in December of 1997 (two years before the campaign), quoted the author of Love Story, Erich Segal, who said: "When the author Erich Segal was asked about Gore's impression, he stated that the preppy hockey-playing male lead, Oliver Barrett IV, indeed was modeled after Gore and Gore's Harvard roommate, actor Tommy Lee Jones."

The media spent the entire 2000 campaign cycle cutting and pasting right wing talking points and calling it coverage of the Gore campaign. "Al-Gore-the-Liar" was merely one example.

6:56 AM  

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