A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.
The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement — an aide later said she misspoke — to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” — generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.
Will this be serious for Hillary's campaign, or will the media, as usual, give a Democrat a pass for racially insensitive remarks -- especially America's first "black" president?
On the other hand, is this whole "controversy" being advanced by Obama supporters -- paint the Clintons as racist in order to assist a black candidate?
The morning after appearing with NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham at the National Press Club (pictures and audio from that event posted below) to discuss the media's lack of interest in Hillary Clinton's role in Clinton administration scandals, MRC president and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the January 11 "Fox & Friends" to discuss NBC's gauzy treatment of Barack Obama.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: improving the level of political discourse between liberals and conservatives.
Does the bickering between left and right leaning members in our message boards and forums bother you? Do you yearn for a more civil discourse where liberals and conservatives debated issues without the seemingly requisite venomous attacks? Or, is that part of the entertainment at a political website?
Can there actually be a forum for people on both sides of the aisle to engage with one another politely and respectfully whilst exchanging ideas about current events and the state of the nation? Or is this just a pipe dream for those tired of the caustic level of political discourse in this country?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: CNN beat Fox on Tuesday's primary night. According to Drudge:
CNN 3,298,000 FOXNEWS 3,068,000 MSNBC 1,648,000
Why might this be? Are liberals more interested in these primaries due to the battle between Clinton and Obama? Is it more about the party not in the White House always being more energized? Are the Republican candidates not generating much enthusiasm? Are conservatives disinterested due to the absence of a true conservative candidate as a frontrunner thereby auguring poorly for the GOP? Or, do right-thinking people understand these early primaries in tiny states are irrelevant?
For general discussion and debate. Most obvious talking point: What the heck happened yesterday in New Hampshire?
How do you feel about the outcome? Are you angered by how wrong the pre-primary polls were? How do you feel about McCain's comeback?
How important was this result to the players, in particular Clinton, Obama, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee? In the end, do Iowa and New Hampshire EVER decide a nominee? Are the press making much more of these two campaign events just to drive ratings? Will we look back months from now wondering why we got so excited about what happened in these two states?
Finally, how important was Hillary's crying game Monday to her victory Tuesday? Did the incredible focus this received push her over the top, or was this irrelevant? Will we look back on this as the crocodile tears that made a president?
All D.C. area NewsBusters readers (and those traveling in DC this week) are invited to the National Press Club on Thursday night to hear MRC president L. Brent Bozell III discuss his new book Whitewash: What The Media Won't Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will.
Will Brent boast that this expose is ruining Hillary's campaign? The party starts Thursday with a "Book Rap" at 6:30 pm, followed by a reception and book signing at 7:15. The Press Club is downtown at the intersection of 14th and F Streets (near the Metro Center subway stop).
If you'd like to attend, send an RSVP to Meghan Snyder at Shirley-Banister Public Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 703-739-5920.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: New Hampshire -- is it a make it or break it primary for Hillary, or have media spent so much time on these first two campaign stops that far greater importance has been given to their outcomes than is either warranted or logical?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking points: What are your predictions for the new year with regard to the war, the upcoming primaries, the elections, the economy, and the second year of the 110th Congress?
As part of a series promoting excerpts of leading conservative books, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sunday ran an excerpt Brent Bozell sent from the MRC book "Whitewash" by Bozell and Tim Graham. These paragraphs explained some of the publicity surrounding Hillary's 2003 memoir:
Time magazine excerpted the book, and senior editor Nancy Gibbs interviewed Senator Clinton with kid gloves. When Hillary said the Bush administration was conspiring to defund the federal government's "ability to do anything other than fund defense," Gibbs followed up: "Would you call Bush a radical?" Hillary replied, incredibly, that the Bushies "are certainly more radical than Ronald Reagan." Gibbs also asked about the VRWC--but her question presumed that the charge was true from the beginning! "Is the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' bigger than you thought when you brought the term into our vocabulary?"
The RS-24 missile was launched from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia and its test warheads successfully hit designated targets on the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula some 4,340 miles east, Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Alexander Vovk told The Associated Press.
Vovk said that the missile carried multiple test warheads, but refused to say how many. The Interfax news agency said the RS-24 is capable of carrying at least three warheads.
What does this mean for U.S. - Russia relations? How soon before media blame it on Bush foreign policies?
About 82% of Americans in 2007 told Gallup interviewers that they identified with a Christian religion. That includes 51% who said they were Protestant, 5% who were "other Christian," 23% Roman Catholic, and 3% who named another Christian faith, including 2% Mormon.
Because 11% said they had no religious identity at all, and another 2% didn't answer, these results suggest that well more than 9 out of 10 Americans who identify with a religion are Christian in one way or the other.