Hillary Clinton may be undergoing a software upgrade to make her “nicer” and more “media-friendly,” but that doesn’t mean her surrogates are taking a softer and more subtle approach to her campaign priorities.
David Brock, head of Media Matters and, more recently, dogged Marco Rubio investigator hell bent on documenting every last specious purchase Rubio made on his middle class salary, is concerned that a high-visibility media outlet has been too tough on his BFF, sweet Hillary. This outlet, which Brock believes to be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, has been doing little more than parroting Republican talking points to curry favor with its heavily right-leaning readership, he says. The New York Times, David Brock says, must be stopped.
Yes, you read that right. That well-known conservative propaganda outlet the New York Times.
David Brock’s war against the New York Times just went nuclear — and the paper is responding with equal fury.
Brock, the former right-wing journalist-turned-pro-Clinton crusader, takes aim at a top New York Times editor in a soon-to-be released book obtained by POLITICO. In the book, titled “Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary Clinton and Hijack Your Government,” Brock accuses senior politics editor and former Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan of helping to turn the paper into a “megaphone for conservative propaganda” by unfairly targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…“As it concerns Clinton coverage, the Times will have a special place in hell,” he writes, claiming that interviews with current Times employees prove his case.
You have to wonder what would convince Times employees that their own paper is a conservative propaganda outlet. Maybe they mentioned Donald Trump one too many times in the Sunday crossword? Did someone accidentally reference Jesus when they dropped their quinoa salad in the lunchroom? Has someone gone and hired an intern from somewhere other than the Ivy League? Has someone in the newsroom embraced the chambray shirt trend, to the dismay of those who associate the top half of the Canadian Tuxedo with the horrors of flyover country?
Anyway, clearly, according to Brock, the Times has changed. He doesn’t even know it anymore.
Obviously, his ire stems from the Times‘s stubborn willingness to report the news as it pertains to Hillary Clinton. They were, after all, the first ones to break the email scandal. But what Brock seems to be really angry about is that the Times has taken a “fourth estate” style critical eye towards the Clinton machine, affording it none of the leeway it’s given to other Democratic candidates. Either that, or he’s mad they didn’t take his “exclusive” about the contents of Marco Rubio’s basement fridge (he hasn’t cleaned the ice out in three years!).
I’m willing to bet on the former, of course. After all, Brock isn’t alone in calling out the New York Times for it’s stridently Republican editorial policies this week. Lloyd Grove also took the Times to task for relegating a face-saving Clinton press release to a below-the-fold paragraph. So, following that thought, we can likely conclude that this is a coordinated attack on the times from the Clinton camp – or at least it’s most notable media surrogates – in order to shame the Times into providing Clinton with more favorable coverage. Think about that: as Clinton prepares to confront the little people about their myriad problems with her campaign, her infrastructure is wasting time calling the nation’s foremost progressive editorial page practically a Murdoch plant. Something tells me, that’s not going to work.
But at least it’ll be fun to watch.
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