But first, what Lozada did: Last night—actually, early this morning—we watched Chris Hayes as he pretended to interview Amy Chozick.
To watch the segment, click here.
The New York Times made Chozick its "Hillary Clinton reporter" in July 2013 [sic]. It was more than three years until the presidential election in question. But in its stupid, inexcusable way, the Times was going to hound this pre-candidate every step of the way.
In our view, Chozick did a terrible job as the Times' Clinton reporter. Now she's written a book about the experience, hoping to pocket some cash.
(She's married to a Goldman Sachs VP. As far as we know, that's legal.)
Last night, Hayes pretended to interview her about it. Assuming minimal intelligence on their parts, it struck as a thoroughly disingenuous performance by both participants. We don't think it's ever seemed so clear that Hayes has been lost to the world thanks to his job with corporate cable, or perhaps thanks to his general ambition as a "career liberal" journalist in an age when such folk must play nice with the Times.
(How much does Hayes get paid for this? You aren't allowed to know that!)
We expect to spend next week reviewing the Chozick tour in terms of her performance on the three-year campaign trail. For today, though, let's consider something Carlos Lozada did.
This Sunday, Lozada reviewed Chozick's book on page one of the Washington Post's Outlook section. Basically, he fingered Chozick as a self-absorbed lightweight, which of course explains why the New York Times liked her so much.
Lozada didn't much like the book. That said, we think it's worth noting the way he starts his review:
LOZADA (4/22/18): Amy Chozick, the lead New York Times reporter on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, believes that the news media’s focus on Clinton’s private e-mail server—a story the Times broke and that Chozick would write about extensively—was excessive. She even grew to resent it. Chozick also thinks that reporting on campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails turned journalists into “puppets” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and she struggles to explain why they did it anyway. She contends that sexism played a big role in Clinton’s defeat but also encounters it first-hand among Clinton’s campaign staff. And while she hammers the candidate for having no clear vision for why she sought the presidency, Chozick allows that competence, experience and policy were hardly selling points in 2016, when it “turned out a lot of people just wanted to blow s— up.”Lozada didn't much like the book. That said, our analysts howled at the way he began his review.
These are some of the revelations and contradictions permeating Chozick’s “Chasing Hillary,” a memoir by turns poignant, insightful and exasperating. It’s a buffet-style book—media criticism here, trail reminscences there, political analysis and assorted recollections from Chozick’s past tossed throughout—and while the portions are tasty, none fully satisfies...
Their point was extremely basic. As he starts his review, Lozada tells us what Chozick believes about the media's focus on Clinton's emails. (She "believes it was excessive.")
He tells us how she came to feel, apparently in real time, about this focus. (She "grew to resent" it.)
He tells us what she thinks about the coverage of the Podesta emails. (She "thinks that reporting on campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails turned journalists into 'puppets' of Putin.")
Lozada refers to these as "revelations." Here's the problem:
Lozada can't possibly know if Chozick really believes, and really felt, such things. He knows that this is what she's saying. He can't know if what she's saying is actually true.
For ourselves, we wouldn't trust Chozick as far as we could throw her. Lozada seems skeptical too.
For that reason, it's endlessly disappointing when journalists like Lozada write this way—when they turn something a hustler has said into something the hustler believes. Good journalists shoudn't do that.
For the record, Lozada knows how to write with greater precision. He does so in this very passage:
"[Chozick] contends that sexism played a big role in Clinton’s defeat..."
In that sentence, Lozada reports what Chozick has said. He doesn't say, in his own voice, that it's what she believes. This distinction is major and basic. The analysts wept and moaned when Lozada blew right past it as he began his review.
(For what it's worth: we thought Chozick and Hayes were at their disingenuous worst when they kept returning to sexism as the cause of Clinton's defeat. Among other things, this is the mainstream press corps' slithery way of ignoring their own decades of attacks on Clinton. More on this next week.)
Does Amy Chozick really believe that the media's focus on the emails was excessive? Does she really believe that this focus turned her guild into puppets of Putin?
She seems to be saying that she regret the coverage the media provided. But does she really regret the coverage, or is she just saying she does, as a means of personal rehabilitation?
We're disinclined to believe anything Chozick says. Beyond that, we've never seen Hayes as phony, faux and disingenuous as he seemed to be last night. On the side of illumination, last night's disingenuous outing largely defines an age, an age in which the mainstream press corps refuses to tell you the truth about its own attitudes, values, behavior.
Doers anyone escape corporate cable intact? By the way, how much does Hayes get paid to con us liberals like that?
Coming next week: What happens in the mainstream press corps stays in the mainstream press corps...
One can hold two ideas in one's head simultaneously: that the mainstream press coverage of Hillary for 25 years has been problematical and that sexism did indeed play a part in the animosity towards Hillary and in her defeat.ReplyDelete
Republicans didn't need the msm to hate Hillary; they came up with that and nourished it all by themselves; it is ongoing.
Republicans were fond of claiming that the msm were "in the tank" for Hillary. Just as some liberals felt the media were biased towards her against Bernie. It seems to be a matter of some debate, not to say subjectivity.
Sexism is an important part of the alt-right's white supremacy and it is clear that it motivates a great deal of Trump's support. Read David Lane's 88 precepts with attention to the ones about the duty of white Aryan women to breed and preserve the race. Then look at the intersection between this and conservative efforts to control women's reproductive health and the natural impulse to mate with very young girls which should not be denied due to culture.Delete
Hillary is an affront to all of that, the symbol of everything wrong in America. These guys want to roll back feminism because it is an obstacle to white survival against other races. Trump didn't mistype the word "breeding" in his recent tweet.
In the media analyses, Bernie got more positive coverage than Hillary. These things are not subjective. You can go count the column inches and media minutes, as researchers did.
This explains why they keep attacking Hillary when she isn't running for anything any more.Delete
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Hillary Clinton had a lot of trouble getting her message out. Today, people complain that her campaign lacked focus, that's its point was lost, etc., but how can a campaign get across any point without coverage? The time spent by Chozick and everyone else discussing emails was time that could have been spent covering the programs and policies she announced nearly every day. An interested person had to go to her website to read about those important policies and programs.ReplyDelete
Somerby is no different. He spent a lot of time complaining because Clinton discussed the mothers of victims of gun violence without examining the details of how those individuals died, accepting the narratives of the mothers themselves instead of being more critical.
I read Clinton's memoir, What Happened, and she discusses the Black Live Matter movement in that same chapter and she expresses her support for law enforcement and for the victims, stating her own gratitude for the 25 years that the secret service and other officers have kept her safe, including overseas.
Then she discusses the ban on assault rifles enacted by Bill Clinton during his first two years in office, and the Brady Bill passed during his first term, which imposed universal background checks. She tells how Democrats were deliberately targeted by the NRA in the first midterms and that the swing that gave Republicans power in Congress was partly due to that rebellion. She went on to state her own principled decision to oppose the NRA by proposing gun control as a policy during her campaign, knowing it would make her a target (if she weren't already one).
Sure enough, the NRA did go after her tooth and nail. They said she would repeal the 2nd Ammendment and take away people's guns (despite her clear statements otherwise) and spent a great deal of money whipping up fear among gun owners. Nate Silver has not analyzed how much that cost her. She said that whatever one's feelings about BLM, it is clear that too many people are dying from gun violence and she chose to target that as an important issue during the campaign. But Somerby never mentions that.
Instead Somerby expressed enthusiasm for Bernie and kept calling Clinton flawed, etc. What did Bernie do about guns? The same as most Democrats. He accepted their large contributions and kept his mouth shut about gun control, hoping they wouldn't oppose him, the way nearly all Democrats have done since 1994.
Clinton showed political courage. Somerby might call that a mistake, a deep flaw, but he ignored that in his write up last week, as surely as Chozick ignored the other important measures Clinton discussed during the campaign. It is time for Somerby to examine the mote in his own eye and apologize for his misbehavior during the campaign. He was no better than Chozick.
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Anon 2:34 , your comment is disgusting. For Somerby's sake, I hope you are not a Somerby fan. If you are, one can only bemoan how poorly Somerby has schooled you on how to respond to criticism of the God Somerby. Or perhaps you feel you are following his example of ad hominem, substanceless attacks. Because you got nothing else apparently.Delete
Bemoaning is the only option?Delete
As a passionate Clinton supporter, you must spend a looooooot of time bemoaning things.Delete
Maybe she was just dropped on her head.Delete
This is not how you do the autopsy of your organization's collapse, Bob. Not by complaining about media coverage. Especially considering that the establishment media is, in fact, an integral part of your organization.ReplyDelete
A central premise of TDH since its inception 20 years ago is that the so-called mainstream (aka "liberal") media isn't really liberal.Delete
Right, 'no true Scotsman'. Bob Somerby, the one and only true liberal on this planet.Delete
Mao, for this to be a "no true Scotsman" argument, someone would have to argue that the mainstream media isn't really media. No one said that.Delete
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It's not so much the media which is "liberal', but the corporations which own them. LOL.Delete
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