ABC's Snow on Hillary: No Subject Too Small; No Issue Too Dense
ABC journalist Kate Snow continued her habit on Monday of parroting Hillary Clinton's campaign spin. Filing a report for "Good Morning America," she gushed over just how hard the senator is working for a resurgence in the polls. Snow raved, "No subject is too small. No issue too dense. Hillary Clinton is taking question after question from voters, from reporters."
Spinning seemingly ordinary tasks, Snow continued, "She's pounding the pavement, literally going door to door for votes." The GMA contributor also explained that "the new Hillary critiques Barack Obama for putting a lobbyist at the top of his New Hampshire campaign." Later in the segment, she repeated the phrase: "The new Hillary confronts Obama saying he's changed his positions." Snow has a long history of history of portraying Senator Clinton's every move as brilliant:
On October 1, 2007, she lauded the Democrat's much derided cackle as an example of someone who's either enjoying herself or is "the master of a shrewd political skill, disarming her critics with a gleam in her eye and a roar straight from the belly." A few weeks later, on October 25, Snow touted that, on the occasion of her 60th birthday, "for Hillary Clinton, being a member of AARP is fund-raising gold." (For a round-up of Snow's rhapsodizing about the candidate, see a November 30, 2007 NewsBusters post.)
A transcript of Snow's January 7 segment, which aired at 7:03am, follows:
SAWYER: But let's begin with GMA weekend anchor Kate Snow who is at a coffee shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Kate?
SNOW: Good morning, Diane. Senator Clinton herself is calling the shots. This morning, she'll fill this place, Café Expresso, with a bunch of voters. She is planning her attack.
SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON: I will be a great president to work with you on all of the things that matter to the people of New Hampshire. Thank you all very much.
SNOW: No subject is too small. No issue too dense. Hillary Clinton is taking question after question from voters, from reporters. She's pounding the pavement, literally going door to door for votes. It's all about fighting off Barack Obama and John Edwards.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOTER: I notice during the debate they were double teaming you.
CLINTON: Did you notice that?
SNOW: She admits, she had to do something radical.
CLINTON: If a campaign doesn't evolve, it probably is dead.
SNOW: So, the new Hillary critiques Barack Obama for putting a lobbyist at the top of his New Hampshire campaign.
CLINTON: If you're going to be railing about lobbyists and then you have the chair of your campaign who is a major lobbyist in this state, I think that is an interesting piece of information.
SNOW: The new Hillary confronts Obama saying he's changed his positions.
CLINTON: If you gave a speech, and a very good speech, against the war in Iraq in 2002, and by 2005, '06, '07, you vote for $300 billion for the war you said you were against, that's not change.
SNOW: On issue after issue--
CLINTON [Montage]: That's not change. That's not change. That's not change.
SNOW: Now, Clinton told me that she herself is not frustrated but within her camp, I can tell you there is some tension with one day left to go, Diane, to right the ship.