Friday, March 21, 2008

Memo to Networks: Show a Little Decency in Your Reporting of Hillary's Days as First Lady

Amidst all the political excitement in the past few days - further reaction to Obama's important speech about racism in America, McCain's gaffe's about al-Qaeda in Iran, people in the State Department illegally looking at the passports of leading Presidential candidates - I wanted to briefly note, and decry, the shabby way the three 24/7 cable news operations reported Hillary Clinton's release of details of her daily activity as First Lady.

CNN, MSNBC, and Fox all couldn't help mentioning what Hillary reported she was doing when Bill was with Monica in the White House.

What interest, other than cheap and prurient, does reporting on that serve?

Telling Americans that Hillary did more or less about this and that in her years as First Lady makes perfect sense. Reporting that many of her notes of meetings were vague or general is fine and fair game.

But reporting on what a wife was doing when her husband's philandering is not - even if the wife happens to be a First Lady who is now running for President.

Memo to news networks: grow up.

I'm an Obama supporter, but I don't like to see any reporting that distracts from the important issues in this campaign, and seeks to embarrass a candidate for no good reason.
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