Thursday, March 13, 2008

Media Truth: Psychological Warfare Played

The media refrain grows more and more pronounced after a Saturday Night Live skit featuring mock presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama became the subject of Senator Hillary Clinton's introductory remarks at the Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by MSNBC's Tim Russert and Brian Williams.

Hillary Clinton (youtube clip)

updated 2:47 p.m. EST, Thu February 28, 2008
'SNL' pleased with Clinton-Obama skit reference

Hillary Clinton had cited the "Saturday Night Live" skit Downey had written to complain about her treatment by moderators Brian Williams and Tim Russert.

"In the last several debates I seem to get the first question all the time," she said. "I don't mind. I'll be happy to field it. I just find it curious. If anybody saw 'Saturday Night Live,' maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow."

The skit about an Obama-Clinton debate featured a lovestruck press corps fawning over Barack Obama, while treating Clinton as an annoyance in their way. A fictional Campbell Brown fanned herself in excitement after an Obama answer, while a John King impersonator suggested he had "nailed it."

It took mere minutes after the debate ended for the mainstream media (in addition to cable program notables from Bill OReilly to Joe Scarsborough to Wolf Blitzer) to pick up the refrain -

Barack Obama is given a free pass by the media.

In the face of equal access given by Barack Obama to all the mainstream media, despite the questions they ask, it appears more and more the media itself is using the same kind of psychological warfare against Barack Obama as Carl Bernstein observed the Clintons using against Barack Obama.

Net the Truth Online
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Carl Bernstein: Psychological Warfare Observed
During a CNN interview wherein David Gergen was a guest, and talking about the duo of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and the Wisconsin campaign and charges of plagiarism made within the last day concerning a Barack Obama speech, coming from the Clinton campaign, Carl Bernstein uttered the phrasing:

psychological warfare...

Note: in subsequent appearances on cable network programming, Bernstein has not used the charge of psychological warfare again. No media has reported Bernstein's remarks on CNN regarding his observation the Clintons have used psychological warfare against Barack Obama.

Don't believe the media is not in on the game. They're just good at hiding their own part in the game. The want no less than as large a hand as possible in choosing the next President of the United States.

As for SNL skit-writer, James Downey... enjoying the limelight... with more than one reason to continue the drama... the myth that there must be something there or the skit would not have 'resonnated.'

It matters not in the least that his skit has been spinned one way and not another way. Why should Downey point out his own skit could be interpreted as Hillary Clinton whining about something she would make up herself?

He's not going to 'bite' the first hand that fed him.

(Net the Truth Online)

'SNL' pleased with Clinton-Obama skit reference

Downey stayed up for the midnight rerun of MSNBC's Tuesday debate just to see what she had said.

"That usually doesn't happen unless it resonates," said Downey, "so that's nice. It's good for the show."

Downey is an original "Saturday Night Live" writer who's also been head writer for David Letterman. He's been back at "SNL" since 2000, when he wrote skits about Bush-Gore debates; and he's been the lead writer at the comedy show on political material since then...

...While he loved getting his work noticed and understands what Clinton must be feeling, Downey said mentioning the skit might not have been her best move.

"It might, on balance, make her look a little whiny," he said. "She might have been better off if other people pointed it out for them."


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