Pitiful in Pennsylvania: Democrats who make love to Fox News

We liberal blogger types often profess amazement at the cluelessness of the “inside the Beltway” Democratic political class when it comes to understanding — or more to the point, not understanding – what most Democrats want from their leadership. But maybe we’ve been unfair to the nation’s capital. A good case can be made that this cluelessness extends to political insiders all across the country.

Take the strange case of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Fox News. It seems that Gov. Rendell, a leading supporter of Hillary Clinton, has become a big Fox fan. Here’s what he had to say on the subject recently:

“I think during this entire primary coverage, starting in Iowa and up to the present — FOX has done the fairest job, and remained the most objective of all the cable networks. You hate both of our candidates. No, I’m only kidding. But you actually have done a very balanced job of reporting the news, and some of the other stations are just caught up with Senator Obama, who is a great guy, but Senator Obama can do no wrong, and Senator Clinton can do no right.”

Wow. Big wow.

I mean, it was one thing for Clinton’s campaign to argue that they get better treatment from Fox than from MSNBC. That, after all, was a slam on MSNBC, not an endorsement of Fox. But for a leader of the Clinton campaign to actually go onto Fox News and congratulate it for doing “a very balanced job . . . ?” Jesus Governor: Why not just nominate Rush Limbaugh for broadcaster of the year?

The real problem, of course, is that comments like these give Fox News credibility it doesn’t deserve — credibility it will use later to attack the Democratic nominee (whoever wins the nomination). But even when viewed in strictly political terms, what was Rendell thinking? Does he really think Hillary is going to score Democratic primary votes by buttering up Fox News? In case he hasn’t heard, rank and file Democrats hate Fox with a passion, and for good reason.

But I guess that must be the master plan: Hillary is going to climb to the top of the Democratic Party by appealing to the Ann Coulter set.

Killer strategy, Governor Rendell — really, just brilliant.   

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4 Responses to “Pitiful in Pennsylvania: Democrats who make love to Fox News”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    “Any means to an end” has become the rallying cry of the Clinton campaign. They seem to think that the vast majority of Democrats will turn a blind eye to their behavior; and cheer them on, no matter the cost. The strategy is obviously not working, since Obama has clearly overtaken Hillary in the polls. Clinton supporters have praised and touted John McCain! Now, they are playing footsie with Fox!!! That is one terrific example of letting the fox into the henhouse :) Fox will slander, sling mud, Swift Boat and tell outright lies about the Democratic nominee for President. They will spare no expense to advance the far-right Conservative cause. Ads will run 24/7 about every misstep and foible the nominee might make; and many will be accusations based on distortions and lies made from whole cloth. They will appeal to the very lowest denominator. It will be a full-throttle attack to brainwash the American public. There will be stereotyping and scapegoating. Fox will relish its role and howl their hatemongering night and day. The Clintons have helped them write the script for this assault on reason. How they can ignore the fact that doing this will come back to bite them on the ass, is beyond me. Has Hillary promised some kind of tasty little deal to that horrible old Australian fat-cat? Fox is nothing more than a propaganda organ for the far-right. They dont report the news, they mangle it and distort it. Any Democrat with half a functioning neuron knows that. You dont sleep with the enemy. Hillary is simply showing the country why she cannot be trusted and has the judgment of a sea slug.

  2. Chuck Says:

    I was lying on the couch earlier this evening half awake and half asleep when it suddenly dawned on me I was thinking and dreaming in colors, not just black and white and shades of grey. The realization came to me in a bright sunshine yellow, then turned to a more dusky red as I continued to reflect upon it. Wisdom was a luminescent white and if it was human it would have had translucent flesh.

    What does this have to do with presidential politics you ask? Well that thought came up too and it seemed to change from a sort of brackish green to a tar-like black, depending on how fare away from here it touches.

    Not as comforting in some ways as the old black and white, but much more interesting. Colors can be fun too.

    Colorfully yours; Chuck.

  3. june61 Says:

    Fox news seems to be doing a better job of fair and balanced than the progressive bloggers, that only want to smear and destroy anyone other than their candidate. I for one never watched Fox news because of their right wing attitude. Now there seems more reason to watch, since the progressive are getting more and more right wing in their attitudes. Fox news just gained another viewer compliments of the left right wing smear editorials.

  4. dbaragona Says:

    Hey, I’m a Hillary supporter that will vote for Obama if he wins…I must admit, Buzzflash is quickly starting to turn me off…Is it possible that you can’t print one good word about Hillary??…I mean, here’s a women that’s a heartbeat away from the presidency, has had millions of voters cast their votes for her, and you and MSNBC, can’t say one good thing about her…Can you understand why people are starting to get turned off by your bias reporting??…Do you really feel this is fair??..Aren’t we all Democrats??…With all the hammering the media is giving her and the way she’s being out spent, I can’t believe the polls have her ahead in Pennsylvania by double digets…If she still wins Pennsylvania big, what does this say about all the negative reporting you and the rest of the media are saying about her??…Think about it…

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