NPR Anchor's Carpetbagger Contrast: Liz Cheney's Rude, But Hillary Was Easily In Like RFK
NPR afternoon co-host Melissa Block inexplicably seems to have changed her view of the value of U.S. Senate candidates living in a state for a while before running. On the July 17 All Things Considered, Block wondered why Liz Cheney would run for a Senate seat in the West. She "grew up in the East. She only moved back to Wyoming last year. Why is she running for Senate now and launching a primary fight against the incumbent?“
While Cheney had lived off-and-on in Wyoming before considering a Senate run, in 2000 then-First Lady Hillary Clinton had never lived in New York. Yet Block blithely announced on the February 16, 1999 All Things Considered: “On the books, there's nothing to bar Mrs. Clinton from a New York Senate run. All she needs to do is set up residence here by Election Day, and that's worked before....Robert Kennedy came from out of town to win the New York Senate seat in 1964.”
While Cheney moved back to Wyoming a full year before announcing her candidacy, Clinton moved to New York just a month prior to her announcement, even though it was clear about a half year earlier that she was going to run.
Block concluded her 1999 report with a soundbite of Hillary proclaiming "Now I know you've got the best baseball team in the world, right? I know from personal experience you have the best hot dogs, the best bagels and the best delis in the world. Well, now wouldn't it be nice to have the best United States senator that New York could offer the United States Senate?"
Block concluded: "As Mrs. Clinton mulls her own candidacy, her press secretary, Marsha Berry, sounded a note of calm. 'Please,' she said, 'tell people to relax and take a deep breath.' Melissa Block, NPR News, New York." But NPR was to be counted among the heavy breathers.
Block’s double standard is part of her apparently long-standing affection for the Clintons. On March 31, 2000, Block was “stunn[ed]” at the cold reception the Clinton Senate candidacy received from female residents of a wealthy, liberal Democrat enclave in New York. They wondered if she had a "passion for New York." One even dared to say "I think she wants to be president, really. And I think she got a good taste of it these last eight years and New York is just her stepping stone."
She said to her interviewees, “I'm curious; as you listen to yourselves, does it strike you that you're being hard on her? Are you setting the bar very high for her for some reason?” Then 13 years later, when Bill Clinton put in a surprise appearance at the 2013 Golden Globe awards ceremony, an elated Block tweeted:
The big dog is in the HOUSE!— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) January 14, 2013
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