MSNBC's Business As Usual
In MSNBC Online’s February 12
rundown of their poll of "Impeachment Winners and Losers," all of the
usual suspects in the year-long Lewinsky drama continued to be vilified
while many of the major Clinton defenders were celebrated for their
stoicism, loyalty, bravery and poise.
MSNBC listed the percentage of
online respondents who rated each player a winner or a loser, but then
added its own "reading of the conventional wisdom" for each. Hillary
Clinton had not been discredited as a feminist for the wild,
conspiratorial charges she had made in defense of her lying,
philandering husband. In fact, MSNBC insisted she had emerged as a
national heroine: "Stands by her man, blames right-wing conspiracy. Now
looks stoic and heroic."
As for Ken Starr, MSNBC
asserted: "Prosecutor with a tin ear for public opinion oversteps, loses
his own ethics aide....should have gone to Pepperdine while he was
The House managers were major
"losers," according to MSNBC. The "Citizen lawyers" who had brought the
case against the President had been "clobbered" and their presentation
skills were on the "windy" side. On the other hand, the Clinton Defense
Team were "winners" for their able presentation, providing proof that
"if you want to win in court, you’ve got to pay for it." Never mind that
three-quarters of the country currently believes Clinton both obstructed
justice and committed perjury.
Vernon Jordan’s selective
memory and role in the cover up were no match for his charm and style: "Uber-lawyer
artfully dodges charges he covered up pal’s indiscretions. Look for his
Mug in Webster’s...next to ‘smooth.’"
But of course, there was Linda
Tripp who remained, as always, a loser and a back stabber: "Snitch #1.
Look for Webster’s to include her mug alongside ‘treachery’ in next
edition. With friends like this..."
With MSNBC, who needs
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