Simon on CBS: 'Obama Won Over His Base...the American Media'
By Media Research Center
March 24, 2008
Roger Simon, chief political columnist for The Politico and former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and political editor of U.S. News & World Report, acknowledged on Sunday's Face the Nation that Barack Obama won over "his base," which he identified as "the American media," in his Tuesday speech in reaction to Reverend Jeremiah Wright's anti-American rants: "Obama really won over his base, he won over the American media. They loved that speech."
Indeed, over on This Week's roundtable, ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman trumpeted: "He gave a great speech, I think it was a brave speech."
Fill-in Face the Nation host Chip Reid followed up Simon's observation by fretting about what Republicans, who managed to "swift boat John Kerry" when "many people believed [he] was a war hero," might "do with what Reverend Wright said in the fall?"
Reid's question to Ana Marie Cox of Time magazine: "Now, if the Republicans could swift boat John Kerry on, you know, a guy who many people believed was a war hero, what can they do with what Reverend Wright said in the fall?"
[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Monday morning on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]
The Politico's bio page for Simon with links to his columns: www.politico.com
Simon is certainly on target about the news media's enthusiasm for Obama's speech. Check these CyberAlert items from last week:
# "'Extraordinary' Speech 'Gift' for 'Confronting Race' w/ 'Honesty.'" Go to: www.mrc.org
# "Chris Matthews Hails Obama Speech as 'Worthy of Abraham Lincoln.'" See: www.mrc.org
# "ABC's GMA Lauds 'Historic' and 'Remarkable' Obama Speech." Go to: www.mrc.org
# "NYT: Obama's 'Nuanced' Race Speech Marks Return of Lincoln, JFK." See: www.mrc.org
The relevant portion of the first panel segment on the Sunday, March 23 Face the Nation:
DOYLE McMANUS, LOS ANGELES TIMES: Every day that goes by that there's not a new scary quote from Jeremiah Wright means that Jeremiah Wright may start to fade. The Clinton campaign has to raise questions about Obama's electability. That's the only way to move those super-delegates, and that's what Bill Clinton was doing.
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