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  xMonday, December 09, 2002

media critique of the day


Blog Left has the latest on the so-called "liberal media" (cue laugh track): a puff piece on Condi Rice in Newsweek.
Actually, reading between the lines of this puff-piece reveals that she is bereft of ideas, does not provide strong leadership, and just flows along with the good old rightwing boys. In fact, Rice is perhaps the worse National Security advisor in memory and interestingly the article does not mention that before the 9/11 attacks terrorism wasn't on her radar, that while Clinton's National Security Advisor Sandy Berger made terrorism and al Qaeda a major priority, Rice depriotized terrorism completely. It is disgusting that the mainstream media give such selected accounts of someone like Rice and perpetuate the myth that the Bush team is competent on National Security while the opposite is arguably the case.

Update: Tapped weighs in by noting an interesting contrast:
Perhaps we're being a bit obsessive -- in fact, almost certainly -- but it seems to us that this is a good example of how attached the media can become to certain storylines about politicians and administrations. The mainstream media's storyline about the Bush administration is one of rectitude, class, dignity and so forth. Their storyline about the Clinton administration was one of narcisism and crassitude. So when Hillary Clinton changes her hairstyle a lot or keeps a mirror in her office, she's vain and self-involved, a perfect synecdoche of Boomer vanity and self-indulgence. But when Condi Rice keeps two mirrors in her office -- two! -- she is "fastidious about her appearance."

It's a small thing, but telling. In fairness, we should also note that the door swings both ways. We have yet to see a profile of Rice that doesn't make mention of her hairstyle, her physical fitness and her choice of clothing. When will some reporter write up a Trent Lott profile that asks him where he gets his toupees made?

Someone should have asked former Senator Robert Torricelli...





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