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Too close to the story

March 10, 2008 - Steve Murch
Sometimes I firmly believe the national media get so close to a story that they just don’t think straight. Case in point, Hillary Clinton’s comments Barack Obama being vice president.

instead of someone simply stating it’s a tactical move, the talking heads wonder aloud about her intentions, and then speculate about whether he would accept — which of course then requires him to comment.

Even if he would consider it after the election, why on earth would he acknowledge it now? He’s trying to win the election, not just make a good showing for some future run at the White House. Imagine the loss of confidence among some of his supporters if he said he would accept it. Wouldn’t that be a sign that he wasn’t in it to win?

Talk about a momentum killer.

The biggest problem is that once one person in the national media speculates, they all have to jump on the bandwagon. And who’s the biggest winner in it? Clinton. Her name is out there in a position of leadership whenever this discussion comes up.

Of course she knows what she’s doing. The most recent incident took place on a slow news day for the election and she capitalized on it, bringing the national pundits right along with her.


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