THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
With your help, we'll keep the ball rolling: In yesterday’s Washington Post, Melinda Henneberger did a good thing.
To see what she wrote, click here. In the hard-copy Washington Post, her piece appeared at the top of page A2.
In her column, Henneberger started to hint at the truth about the coverage of Campaign 2000. Thirteen years have passed since that campaign began, with the instant assault on Candidate Gore, who was quickly reinvented as the world’s biggest LIAR.
Bill Clinton’s impeachment had just reached its end. The press corps had lost its mind and its soul. As a group, they were eager to punish Clinton's anointed successor.
Henneberger’s piece is just a start. But we’ve never seen anyone go this far to acknowledge that something corrupt occurred.
We say “acknowledge,” because Henneberger was a campaign reporter for the New York Times during Campaign 2000. She wasn’t a major offender in the press corps’ war against Gore, although she had a couple of moments. But her 1997 news report on the ridiculous Love Story matter helped the GORE LIAR theme get its start, although it was subsequent work by Frank Rich, Michael Kelly and Maureen Dowd which really got the ball rolling.
Yes, that's right—Frank Rich. This war wasn't run by Bill O'Reilly, who was really quite fair.
In her piece, Henneberger starts to hint at the truth about what they did those summers. In our view, her piece is just a small beginning—but no one else has gone this far. If a truth commission ever occurs, this could count as its start.
The full story ought to be told.
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Mainstream reporters have always kept quiet about what happened in that campaign. The code of silence has been very strong. We think Henneberger did the right thing in her piece, although her piece is just a beginning.
Future generations should read the full story. We hope you’ll play along.
The truth about a key point: At one point, Henneberger explains why Candidate Romney won’t get “the Gore treatment" from the press corps. She writes this:
In the end, we won’t ‘Al Gore’ Mitt Romney because Romney won’t let us get close enough to have as much to use against him.
Please! Romney won’t get treated like Gore. But that just isn't the reason.
Why won’t Romney get treated like Gore? Because we have two press corps again! In 1999 and 2000, there wasn’t an inch of room between the mainstream and the conservative press when it came to the war against Gore. Everyone pimped for the RNC, including a wide range of mainstream press figures.
Chris Matthews was much more culpable than Sean Hannity. On the bright side, he got very rich in the process.
Today, our mainstream press has again split away from the conservative press corps. The mainstream is doing some clowning about Romney—but there will always be powerful organs pushing back in his favor.
That didn’t happen with Gore. Go ahead—read Chapter 6. In that episode from December 1999, Gore was misquoted over and over and over again, and we’re talking about flat-out misquotation.
No one ever said a word. George Bush went to the White House.
That will never happen to Romney. During Campaign 2000, the mainstream press corps went into the tank for the RNC. No Republican nominee will ever see the conservative press corps, or conservative columnists, pimping the DNC’s lines.
The mainstream press corps sold its soul, in a deeply appalling way. The overall pattern won’t happen again. Candidate Romney won’t get the Gore treatment—though Henneberger still avoids explaining why that is.