U.S. News: Hillary Trying To Be 'More Cautious And Centrist'

Kenneth Walsh of U.S. News & World Report tried to reassure readers of a new, moderating Hillary in an article titled "Crafting the New Hillary."
Is that being done by her handlers, or by the liberal media as well?
Walsh reported she was moving to the center, on economics and even on

Clinton is also trying to come across as more cautious and centrist, if often ambiguous in her policy stands, to reassure independents and conservatives. In an interview with CNBC's Power Lunch
last week, she urged Bush to address fundamental problems in the
economy, such as soaring foreign debt and massive budget deficits. She
called the stock market plunge a "wake-up call" and encouraged the
administration to find some "sensible and reasonable" answers.

Walsh repeatedly used anonymous Republican strategists to
sell how well Hillary is doing, and when a Republican strategist says
she's not going to win, he is named (Frank Donatelli). The "prominent
GOP strategist" below was positive enough to have his quote highlighted
in large type:

"The electability argument has faded," a
prominent GOP strategist admits. "It's a credit to her and her campaign
that she has moderated her personality step by step." In addition to hewing to the center on some issues, such as abortion [!] and free trade, she has talked openly about her belief in prayer
and has worked on legislation with a number of conservative senators,
including South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, who helped lead the
impeachment drive against her husband. And she has refused to endorse
immediate withdrawal from Iraq, despite demands from many antiwar

Can we please stop reporters from going weak in the knees
when Hillary talks about prayer? Is the mere thought of prayer a
"conservative" position? What is she were to pray to Buddha? These
kinds of sentences make one wonder if reporters think prayer (and God)
is an unfamiliar, alien concept.

It's also typical that
Walsh doesn't note in an article on moderating Hillary that his place
setting for her is a "crowd of 100 union and environmental activists"
(not "liberals"), where she interrupted Anna Burger. (In a different
story, Washington Post political reporter explained Anna Burger as
representative of the new, harder-left union movement, feminist and anti-war, the one that broke away from the AFL-CIO.) He also avoids mentioning the sponsor of the event (the Apollo Alliance) or that Hillary was joined by another Senator there -- socialist Bernie Sanders.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis