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Clinton Slams College Educated Media Elitists

By    |   Tuesday, 20 May 2008 05:06 PM

Although it's been a constant theme of the Clinton campaign for the Democratic nomination from the start, Bill Clinton took yet another punch yesterday at the media and Beltway media elites, accusing them of being slanted in its coverage of wife and presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton.

During a rally at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., the former president lashed out at the media for what he called its “slanted press coverage.”

Clinton attributes Sen. Barack Obama’s delegate lead to the bias the press has shown during this year’s campaign and pressed the argument Hillary made earlier in the day, that she had now and would have at the end of the primary process more popular votes than Obama.

“I believe it is far more likely than not when this is over she will have won a majority of all the votes cast in all the states,” he said.

With that as pretext, Clinton unleashed a 12-minute tirade against the media in which he said, “"First of all, by their own admission, this has been the most slanted press coverage in American history. Secondly, they declared her dead more times than a cat’s got lives." He went on to further accuse the press of not caring about the needs of voters and favoring other candidates over his wife.

Clinton also ridiculed Obama for vastly outspending Hillary in several states Obama lost.

“In Pennsylvania she was outspent 3-1 – by $8 million – and she won anyway,” he recounted.

“In every single electoral math I have seen, she is beating Sen. [John] McCain [the presumptive Republican nominee for president] handily, and she is the only Democrat who is doing that,” he said, echoing statements Hillary has made in recent weeks.

“Every time you turn on the television and you listen to one of those people dissing her, they all have a college degree, they all got a new job, they all got healthcare, and they're not going broke filling up their gas tank," he railed.

Two days earlier, Hillary told a crowd in Mayfield, Ky., the very same thing.

“All those people on TV who are telling you and everybody else that this race is over and I should just be, you know, graceful and say, ‘Oh, it’s over,’ even though I’ve won more votes,” she said. “Those are all people who have a job. Those are all people who have healthcare. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump."

Hillary went on to say the media has been counting her out “since Iowa, and the voters always prove them wrong. I mean, I’ve been declared dead so many times and, luckily, it’s been premature. And I’m hoping it stays premature,” she said.

“Because I believe that I am better prepared to be president and I am more likely to be able to win, I don’t care what the pundits say. I’m going to leave it up to the voters.”

By placing blame for his wife’s campaign problems and shortcomings on the press, Bill Clinton fell back on an old tactic he used when he first broke on the national scene in 1991.

The Clinton camp is riding this tactic right to the bitter end of the election race. It even unleashed a new television advertisement in Oregon Friday which points a finger at some of America's top political pundits, whom they accuse of being elitists.

The ad, titled "What's Right," aims its punches not at her front-running opponent, Obama, but at the media. It shows NBC’s Tim Russert, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and MSNBC anchors Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, downplaying Clinton’s chances.

“In Washington, they talk about who's up and who's down,” the narrator in the ad says. “In Oregon, we care about what's right and what's wrong.”

In addition, the message Hillary’s camp has been hammering home to supporters and superdelegates all along the campaign trail is not to count her out just yet. They urge anyone who’ll listen to ignore the college-educated, elitist media hype that places Obama as the Democratic presidential nominee.

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