Tuesday, February 19, 2008

CNN Keeping Silly Plagiarism Charges Alive

Update: so is silly Susan Estrich. There should be a disclaimer on her writing. Caution: you are entering a state of denial.

as observed in her book entitled: The Case for Hillary Clinton.

In the book, Estrich says:

"But the political right has no interest in passing constitutional bills...

They prefer laws with no exceptions. They make up procedures that don't even exist, like "partial-birth abortion," which isn't a medical procedure but the invention of a Congressional staffer, and they say, Let's ban it, and not even provide for an exception...




How anyone can trust whatever else Estrich says is beyond comprehension.

In What's in a Word? Estrich clearly slams Deval Patrick, widening the tactic to cast negativity if not smear everybody and anybody within political reach of the opponent.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
What's in a Word?
A Commentary by Susan Estrich

In Obama's case, the concern is, or should be, different. Does anyone really doubt that Obama is a skilled rhetorician? They'd have to be nuts. The real question is whether there's more to his candidacy than that. It's not the focus on the borrowed words but the focus on words themselves that makes this an appealing target for the Clintons.

The real comparison with Deval Patrick, the one that could hurt Obama, is the one people in Boston have been drawing for some time between two inspirational candidates who talk big change, but then, as in the case of Patrick, face the hard light of reality when they win. Deval had a rough first few months in office, and while he's now settled in, his governorship is, according to many observers, not so different than those of his predecessors, who did not promise major change. He's fighting for casinos, not a revolution.



Of interest CNN's day long hour-by-hour talk among guests and news anchors continues on the topic of the charges made Monday against Barack Obama

"Obama Lifts Some Words"

An analysis of MSNBC Hardball coverage is found

Hardball: Was It Plagiarism Or Not?
By: Logan Murphy on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


Meanwhile, CNN continues all day long to present the plagiarism charges front and center amid talk of Fidel Castro's resignation and Michelle Obama's comment that "for the first time" in her adult life, she's "proud of her country."

Remaining uncovered by the mainstream media this far out from the Democrat Party national convention - detailed investigation of either of the Democrat candidates' connections with Tony Rezko...

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Aired February 19, 2008 - 07:00 ET

CHETRY: Two critical states up for grabs. Will words matter?

CHETRY: Words do matter after all to Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign. It's accusing Senator Barack Obama of stealing from an old speech from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick about the power of words. Clips were posted on YouTube to prove their point.



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Aired February 19, 2008 - 06:00 ET

...Clinton's camp says Obama plagiarized from a 2006 speech by Massachusetts' governor, Deval Patrick. Obama says Clinton is the one using his lines.

CNN political analyst John Dickerson joins us live from Washington, D.C. this morning. First of all, tell us a little bit about the controversy that's going on. This was -- these were -- this was response by Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton's -- what we heard from her on the campaign trail and in speeches, which is that you have to say more than words, words can be empty. And tell us exactly what went down after that.

JOHN DICKERSON, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, the first thing to know about the controversy is that it's not a serious one. It's being pushed by the Clinton campaign, and so it's a bit silly. What it's over is a match in some remarks by Barack Obama recently that matched Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts words, on this debate over whether words are sufficient to build a political movement. And Obama's speech matches something that Patrick said. This is an attempt by the Clinton campaign to get in Obama's face. He has the momentum, and they want to create an issue that we will all talk about and they've succeeded in that. The larger effort by the Clinton campaign is to raise doubts about Obama here going into the primary on Tuesday and then leading up, of course, to the important ones for them on March 4th in Texas and Ohio.

CHETRY: Does that get any traction with the voters, though?

DICKERSON: Well, I don't think so, in part because for these things to work they need to match up with an existing fear about a candidate. There are serious questions you could raise about Barack Obama. This is not one of them. And it does not link up with voters concerned about Barack Obama that have been percolating out there.


In the next segment, Crowley suggests the speech and charges of plagiarism aren't the things Obama would want to be talking about on Primary eve.

But she's wrong about that. Obama hasn't backed off the topic and faced it squarely the instant the charges were made Monday.

The New York Times article An Obama Refrain Bears Echoes of a Governor’s Speeches
By JEFF ZELENY Published: February 18, 2008 notes Deval Patrick

...In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Patrick said that he and Mr. Obama first talked about the attacks from their respective rivals last summer, when Mrs. Clinton was raising questions about Mr. Obama’s experience, and that they discussed them again last week.

Both men had anticipated that Mr. Obama’s rhetorical strength would provide a point of criticism. Mr. Patrick said he told Mr. Obama that he should respond to the criticism, and he shared language from his campaign with Mr. Obama’s speechwriters.




But watch as Crowley focuses more on what Clinton's campaign interpretation is:

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Aired February 19, 2008 - 10:00 ET
CROWLEY: Governor Patrick says he doesn't care, that the two have talked in the past about using the rhetoric, that he and Obama are buds. But in an hour-long call with reporters, the Clinton campaign argued that Obama's use of Patrick's words without attribution, quote, "Calls into question the premise of his candidacy."

OBAMA: That would be carrying it too far. Duval and I do trade ideas all the time. He's occasionally used lines of mine, and I, at a J-J dinner in Wisconsin have used some words of his. And, you know, I would add that I know that Senator Clinton on occasion has used words of mine as well. And I don't think that, you know -- that's really the kind of stuff that the workers here are concerned about.

CROWLEY: But the Clinton campaign insists it has nicked a core rationale for the campaign of Barack Obama that he has a unique ability to unite a nation. Whatever else, it is not the sort of thing camp Obama wants to be discussing on primary eve.


How many times does Barack Obama have to address the silly plagiarism charges? As many times as the mainstream media wants to keep them alive.

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