Bill Clinton Slams the Media

Bill Clinton slammed the media today for twisting the election into a focus on campaign attacks rather than the issues. Watch the clip:

Bill Clinton is right in what he told CNN’s Jessica Yellin: 

You live for this. This hurts the people of South Carolina,” he said. “Because the people of South Carolina come to these meetings and ask questions about what they care about. And what they care about is not what’s going to be in the news coverage tonight, because you don’t care about it.”

This ain’t no three ring circus and the people of America deserve better than having the media sensationalize every damn thing. Clinton also told Yellin that the Obama people know that the media cares about the drama, “So they just spin you up on this and you happily go along.”

I mean, the people don’t care about this,” he added. “They never ask about it. And you are determined to take this election away from them. And that’s not right. That is not right. This election ought to belong to those people who are out here asking questions about their lives.”

 The full CNN interview is here. Unbelievable. The Trail has the full transcript. And the N.Y. Times has more. This race shouldn’t be spun the way the media and others are spinning it. It just shouldn’t.

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5 Responses to Bill Clinton Slams the Media

  1. Bacalove says:

    The remark that Pat Buchanan frequently makes on his rounds of TV talk shows that Barack Obama is “hollering and squealing” because Obama is speaking up for himself and defending his record from Bill and Hillary’s distortions, is an obvious racist remark to the astute, and brings to mind from slavery days when darkys “squealed and hollered” when beaten or hanged.

    And then there is Pat Buchanan’s remarks about Clinton surrogates and the cocaine incident and Buchanan always interjects his poison by stating: “They keep saying this. It makes you wonder what esle they got on him”! This kind of rhetoric is inciteful and poisonous and shows what kind of “closet racist” Pat Buchanan really is. His judgments cannot be relied upon because they are based on a biased point of view that boarders on slander and should be discarded as garbage. I cannot believe he is paid so handsomely by these television networks to continue these racist statements he poisons the airwaves with each time he does these sinister interviews.

  2. Poor Bill sounds like he is getting ready to cry. He again is sounding so self-rightious. Come on Bill, if Barack had been wageing a campaign of character assissination, like you are, in Iowa–why didn’t it make the news? He is now saying that Barack drug Hillary thru the mud in Iowa. I would be interested in seeing the quotes or watching the video.
    Yes, Bill, truth in advertising is important to the public. It is not the media that is keeping this alive, it’s your wifes campaign operatives. Barack wanted desperately to stay on course discussing the real issues. However, the public can clearly see that both you and your wife our employing attack dog tactics. It has often been said of the Clinton’s that they always feel “the end justifies the means” When Senator Obama faces a daily barrage of spin and half truths, what do you expect him to do? He is being forced to defend himself and then being painted as the instigator. I am gald he has the backbone to defend his career and/or character. If he did not do so, he would appear weak. In 2004, Senator Kerry was smeared by the malicious “swift boat” fabrications of King Bush. Unfortunately, Senator Kerry waited too long to respond. His hesitation in defending his record was a contributing cause to his defeat.
    Back then, we as a party, all spoke out against Bush in his rather successful attempt at wageing the politics of destruction.
    It’s obvious that Bill and Hillary are operating from the same play book. Are we to speak out when Republicans do this, but not do so when it’s one of our own? A “yes” answer to this question would be truly hypocritical,
    Obama was correct when he said that, “he sometimes doesn’t really know who he is running against.” (him or her) I feel it is very demeaning to the Offfice of the Presidency, that we have a former President on the campaign trail exhibiting such character assissination tactics. Hillary claimed, the other day, that Barack was getting frustrated. I beg to differ. The Clinton’s honestly thought that the Democratic Convention would simply be a stage for Hillary’s corination. She would at long last assume her self envisoned “birth right” to assume the presidency. They didn’t think that anyone would have, “The Audacity of Hope” to challenge them. Then, out of left field came this young political up-start. What made it even worse was that he was black. After all Bill being. “the first black president” had a corner on the black vote, which would be their;s for the asking.
    No Hillary, it is you that’s showing signs of frustration. You were suppose to have gone unchallenged. Since this upstart is knowlegeable, ariculate, and charismatic you are employing the atypical brand of gutter politics. No, Bill it is not the media that is driveing this discussion, it is the American public. Weather you play fair is of paramount concern to most folks!!!!

  3. Bacalove

    What Pat Buchanan is saying now is nothing compared to what the Republicans will say about Obama if he is the nominee. Think about that.

  4. Buzz

    Weeks ag; the Clinton camp laid out a timeline of attacks from Obama starting almost a year ago. To date the Obama has not disputed it.

    Here’s what you are missing, Clinton doesn’t seek voters by talking about her oppponents to them, she talks about the issues and what she plans to do to help our country. SHe attracts voters with ideas not abstracts.

  5. Let’s just politely agree that we have the right to disagree. That’s what so great about this country of ours. May the best man, or woman, win! I guess we all do have to agree that 2008 is the most interesting presidential election in years, on both sides. Have a continued Happy New Year! Buzz