Thursday, September 18, 2008

Clinton Strategist Warns Obama and the Media

Basically what Mark Penn seems to be saying is "You're losing it."

Mark Penn, Clinton strategist, warns Obama -- and the media

A veteran Democratic political strategist has some advice for what appears to many to be a Barack Obama campaign rattled by the explosive entrance into the campaign of John McCain's vice president pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Mark Penn, the high-priced strategist who did such a good early job of launching Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign to doom at the hands of Obama, tells he's worried that the Windy City gang will repeat the mistakes of the last two losing Democratic presidential campaigns by returning to the base after their convention instead of staying more on the convention message of centrism.

"The fact that the Republican convention was as successful as it was, was basically out of the hands of the Obama campaign," Penn acknowledges.
"I think these polls will settle down close to even. And I think the real important thing [for Obama] is not to overreact, not to be caught in a back and forth with Palin, but to get your candidate rising above it."

Penn also has a strong warning for the media, caught unawares by the Palin selection and now eagerly pursuing virtually anything to do with her.
"I think here the media is on very dangerous ground," Penn tells "I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Gov. Palin ever filed, if they don't do that for all four of the candidates, they're on very dangerous ground.

"I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.

"And I think that that's a real problem growing out of this election. The media now, all of the media -- not just Fox News, that was perceived as highly partisan -- but all of the media is now being viewed as partisan in one way or another. And that is an unfortunate development."

So does the strategist, who had his own complaints about sexism in media coverage about Sen. Clinton, think the media is being harder on Palin than other candidates?

"I think that the media is doing the kinds of stories on Palin that they're not doing on the other candidates. And that's going to subject them to people concluding that they're giving her a tougher time.

"Now, the media defense would be, 'Yeah, we looked at these other candidates who have been in public life at an earlier time.'

"What happened here very clearly is that the controversy over Palin led to 37 million Americans tuning into a vice-presidential speech -- something that is unprecedented -- because they wanted to see for themselves," Penn adds. "This is an election in which the voters are going to decide for themselves. The media has lost credibility with them."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with the article. This Democratic strategist can speak the truth, unlike the Democratic leaders and the press. The current financial crisis is an example of liberal Democrats making dishonest charges against Republicans and the press repeating those untrue charges.

The Democratic leaders in Congress and the Clinton and Carter administrations put the crisis in motion under the guise of affordable housing for everyone. Democrats in Congress ignored repeated warnings and fought oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Isn't it ironic that the Republicans are being blamed for the mess caused by the Democrats because of their dishonesty and with the help of the media? Even though it was failed socialist policies of liberal Democrats that caused the crisis, the Democrats and the media are blaming deregulation, the free enterprise system, and the Republicans.

We have more crises caused by failed socialist policies in our future. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are teetering on the brink.

The mainstream media can no longer be trusted.