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Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” reads like a therapy session in which the losing presidential candidate works through the five stages of grief in real time.
There’s plenty of anger, oodles of denial, bouts of depression, some desperate bargaining and finally a modicum of acceptance. But not before she’s thrown everyone from President Obama to Bernie Sanders under the bus for her loss to Donald Trump.
Laments - Press - Job - Vox - Ezra
Among her many laments? “I don’t think the press did their job,” as she tells Vox’s Ezra Klein.
Expanding on that, she told him the press obsessed over Trump because she was talking policy while he was “good TV,” and the decision was “let’s cover the other guy ‘cause he’s a lot more fun.”
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Further, she insists, the left doesn’t “control the media environment the same way the right does, it’s harder for our message to get out.”
There’s more, but before we go any further, this deserves some serious unpacking — because what she’s saying is patently absurd. It makes me wonder in what country, or even on what planet, she was running for President.
Part - Press - Job - Years - Media
First, let’s take that part about the press not doing its job. For the past nearly 30 years, the media has obsessed over the Clintons. For worse, certainly, but also very much for better, the press has covered Bill and Hillary like they were royalty.
Both took on a revered status despite years of ugly scandals and questionable moral judgment. For years he has been portrayed flatteringly on magazine covers like GQ, Vanity Fair and Esquire, where a representatively glowing 2012 headline read “Bill Clinton and 78 Other Things We Can Agree On.”
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Likewise, even despite right-wing media’s incessant pounding, Hillary Clinton was America’s “most admired woman” a record 20 times, according to Gallup polling, thanks in no small part to magazines like Time putting her on...
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