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How the media hyped--and tore out of context--the Clinton Robert Kennedy remark.

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WASHINGTON--The Politico's John Harris runs through how the media tore out of context--and inflated--a poorly worded remark by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) about this late running primary season and the assassination of Robert Kennedy. LINK

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Thank you Lynn Sweet for some SANITY this holiday weekend.

Ted Kennedy did a lot of good in the Senate--but he was too corrupt to ever be the top of the ticket in modern press coverage days.
And he RUINED Carter's Chances for a 2nd Term.
I have new respect for the WORKING Kennedies, like Robert F. (Jr.) and Townsend, etc..
But this pushing of Obama over Hillary by the trustfund princess on the Oprah tour is beyond the pale.
If Obama wants to continue as anything other than Hillary's veep, then he needs to FIRE the people from his staff who PUSHED and HYPED and ENCOURAGED the yellow press behind this story.
Think back on early coverage of the Clintons--Hillary's the liberal who wanted him to do more, and faster. He decided to appease the Republicans and look where it got them--they had to circle the wagons.
I have renewed faith in Hillary.
Obama needs to concede.

No. The media did not hype the RFK story. When I first heard about it Friday afternoon, I knew what she was talking about. She is hanging around in case something like that were to happen to Senator Obama. That's what her campaign is about now. They know they have lost and they are only hoping for the worst for his campaign. Whether it be a scandal or something even worse. Then she lies about why she said it. Oh, the reference to RFK was because Ted Kennedy had been on her mind lately. She mentioned RFK back in March to Time magazine. She didn't even apologize. She "regrets" anything hurtful to the Kennedy family. What about the Obama family?

"How the media hyped--and tore out of context--the Clinton Robert Kennedy remark."

Talk about altering the context -- the "Clinton Robert Kennedy remark" was actually the "Clinton assassination remark."

-- SCAM
so-called "Austin Mayor"
http://austinmayor.blogspot.com

The worst aspect of the news media performance is on display in this holiday weekend 'story'--and over at that other paper--Oliphant actually posted a bit with a headline that asked which of the steps of grief Senator Clinton is experiencing.

After the Huckabee piece on Obama ducking gunshots, the focus on the word "assassinate" IMMEDIATELY had Obama supporters talking about his safety. Just ask the people at WVON who had to change their planned format of guests to deal with the overwhelming number of calls who tried to analyze this "assassinate" word being used.

Once again, political pundits are out of touch instead of listening to ordinary people on the ground who had a natural reaction.

THE REMARK WAS VERY INSENSITIVE CONSIDERING ROBERT KENNEDY'S
BROTHER WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR, THAT'S CALLED FOOT
IN THE MOUTH DISEASE, SHE SAID IT, SHE IS BURNED OUT, DROP OUT
OF THE RACE AND CONCEDE!

And yet YOU Lynn went on MSNBC with Contessa Brewer this morning claiming that it was the Obama campaign that first leaked this out.

I tried e-mail the Politco article and my comments (unlike all the HRC supporters) was not posted here.

Now here you are, 14 hours after being on MSNBC claiming it was Obama's campaign who first spread the RFK comment, and you're cleaning it up by posting the real "FIRST" source.

Like I said, let's see if you'll post this comment.

So far, unless you're a die-hard Clinton supporter, your comments are banned. I'm standing by to see if you hold back this one to.

Assinate, assinate, assinate, it is just a word, people are going nuts these days misinterpreting everything Hillary says. And what does her remark have to do with Ted's brain tumor? Come on that is a real stretch. So, he has a brain tumor, I feel sorry for him, but medicine can do miracles. Foot in mouth was when Michelle said she was proud of this country for the first time in her life, or when Obama said that people were bitter because of the ecomony and "cling" to guns and religion. Saying something that you are thinking but shouldn't come out of your mouth is foot in mouth when it comes out. Referring to history is not foot in mouth.

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