The media smells blood in the water. Here’s Dan Abrams pointing out two more misstatements by Hillary Clinton surrounding her now infamous Tuzla Tale:
Nitpicking? Maybe. But if you’re going to say you were the first person to do something, you should probably make sure nobody did it before you.
The reason I think Tuzla could end up being a bigger problem for Hillary than Wright is for Obama is because while the media will continue to rightly question the wisdom of Obama associating with Wright, no one honestly believes he shares Wright’s crazy views. There’s no evidence of it, no history to support it. But there is plenty of evidence and plenty of people in the media who honestly believe that Hillary Clinton has turned into a serial exaggerator in order to inflate her experience. And now that the narrative has been set, the fact checkers will be out in full force after every sentence she utters.
For a brief reminder of what the media looks like on high alert and just how bad things could get for Hillary, read this excellent Vanity Fair article, “Going After Gore.” Maybe the best piece of writing so far documenting the extent to which the media turned on Al Gore in 2000. The difference of course being that Gore didn’t deserve the reputation he was saddled with. To a large extent, Hillary does.
As he was running for president, Al Gore said he’d invented the Internet; announced that he had personally discovered Love Canal, the most infamous toxic-waste site in the country; and bragged that he and Tipper had been the sole inspiration for the golden couple in Erich Segal’s best-selling novel Love Story (made into a hit movie with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal). He also invented the dog, joked David Letterman, and gave mankind fire.
Could such an obviously intelligent man have been so megalomaniacal and self-deluded to have actually said such things? Well, that’s what the news media told us, anyway.