Today Leaves Viewers Hanging On Who Was Hillary's 'Evil' Man?

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2007-0129-NBCTodayClinton.jpg" align="right" border="0" />It's been the topic du jour on radio talk shows and blogs: Who was Hillary referring to when she asked: &quot;And what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men?&quot; Some have speculated Ken Starr, others, including this morning’s Today show hint the target was a little closer to home. Matt Lauer greeted Today’s viewers with the following opening: &quot;Campaign swing, her first trip to Iowa since announcing she's running for President, <strong>Hillary Clinton raises eyebrows when asked about dealing with men like Osama Bin Laden.&quot;</strong></p><p>Hillary Clinton: &quot;And what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men?&quot;</p><p><strong>Lauer: &quot;Is the joke on Bill?&quot;</strong></p><p>So naturally with a tease like that viewers had expected a segment or at least some idle chatter via Matt, Meredith, Al and Ann on whether Hillary was taking a stab at Bill? But oddly enough the topic wasn’t ever broached again on the January 29th show. However viewers were treated to Chip Reid applying a label, usually reserved for Hillary’s rival Barack Obama, to the New York senator:</p><p>Chip Reid: &quot;On her first visit to Iowa in more than three years...Senator Hillary Clinton was welcomed with <strong>raucous cheering</strong> <strong>from adoring crowds.</strong> Despite the <strong>rock star</strong> reception though, some of Iowa's Democratic activists still have not forgiven her.&quot; Reid went on to note, from the left, that Hillary still has to answer anti-war critics in her own party. Still one has to ask why didn’t Today followup on the &quot;Bill is like Osama&quot; teaser?</p>

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.