I note that at the top to explain why I'm not quoting Hillary Is 44 tonight. I'm not interested in defense of Hillary when she's wrong. I'm also not interested in hearing that WikiLeaks "hates America!" I'm not interested. If they had anything to say about Hillary's speech that wasn't negative (they have nothing negative to say), they should have noted what C.I. and Rebecca already did: That the speech should have been delivered by Barack Obama.
So no Hillary Is 44 tonight. Sorry.
I'm not a groupie. I never thought Hillary was perfect. I never said I would table my criticisms of her. I never said that and never would say it. As C.I. pointed out in 2007 -- after I endorsed Hillary -- one good thing if Hillary became president (C.I. wasn't endorsing anyone at that time and she did this on all the candidates in the Dem field, remember) was that the left wouldn't play the quiet game for four years. That's one of the reasons I supported her. Another is her strength. Another is her brains.
But brains don't mean you don't make mistakes and she made one in giving that awful speech yesterday.
There's some blogger -- Wonk? -- at The Confluence that reads like an idiot. They show up every few posts to suddenly present The World Of Hillary to you. It's cult behavior. I never entered into a cult and I certainly never mistook a politician for the Lord.
So I'm going to focus on Bob Somerby tonight instead.
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Bob's writing about a man who's written a book of fiction (Somerby's so impressed with politics he notes that the man was elected to a state legislature but co-writing a book doesn't impress, I guess. The man was on Anderson Cooper's CNN program and Anderson was questioning him (presumably about the book which is based on Barack). The birth certificate issue comes up and Somerby thinks Anderson bungled the questioning, but note that Bob Somerby doesn't feel the need to scream and boo and hiss and call people -- I'm talking about the American people -- names.
Which is why he's so much better than Media Matters.
Somerby feels Cooper should have pursued one question. I don't know why Cooper didn't but it might have been because other shows have. Or maybe it was because if he'd pressed and pressed on that statement, it could have been tossed back at him: Well do you believe the governor of Hawaii?
If so, that's not a win for Anderson because the obvious follow-up is, "You're a journalist, shouldn't you do your own research? And since when is journalism about blindly accepting the word of politicians?"
Dona said long ago -- and I agree -- you want to end it, produce the birth certificate. If you want to end it, sign a statement allowing Hawaii to release it. Let Hawaii charge $50 or so and do so on the basis of Barack's celebrity and then issue it and issue it and issue it over and over for fifty bucks to help the state's economy.
Barack made it an issue. He can't whine about it and blame others.
And passing it over to Annenberg was b.s. and he knew it at the time. Kathleen Hall-Whore Jaimeson and others at Annenberg were in the tank for him as they demonstrated constantly (Kathleen on Bill Moyers Journal where she praised Barack and trashed Hillary throughout the primaries and then told the New York Times she'd have to think about whether or not there was sexism in the 2008 Democratic Party primaries).
Which brings me to Bill Moyers. I don't miss him at all.
I had a few e-mails on that in the last year, asking, "Don't you miss him?"
I used to watch him. I used to enjoy him. I thought he stood for something and had integrity. Then I watched him slant his program repeatedly to gift Barack with the nomination and to attack Hillary. (He defended her once and then only to claim credit for his former boss LBJ.)
Now he always slanted. He leaned left and I knew that. Because I was left, I was okay with it. Then I saw what it was like in 2008 what it was like to be distorted and lied about by Bill. He destroyed his own image, he undid his legacy. And, if rumors about a new book on him are correct, he actively courted the undoing he will face shortly.
In a real media climate, Barack would have to have released his birth certificate. It wouldn't have been Anderson pointing to some Republican governor of Hawaii, it would be Barack releasing it. (I don't think he was born out of the US. I do think there is damaging info on it that does not jibe with the Barack myth.)
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