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June 12, 2008



John, you are so right--Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd and so many others among columnists, talk show hosts but also among news anchors and reporters have been biased beyond belief during the primary season--with Hillary Clinton the most obvious victim. What you describe so well in terms of campaigns' alleged and real choreography of the preferred backgrounds at events is a perfect example in that these media types will ignore how their favorite candidates manipulate the composition of the visible supporters and blame others for such stagecraft even if there is no evidence.
I have not see Mr. Rich writing about African-Americans pushed from camera range at events where the Obamas appeared nor will I read in Rich's column about American Muslim women rejected from the podium-near crowd before Senator Obama appeared on stage.


This is an excellent post. Frank Rich has been horrible this election season. Something you might want to think about writing is about one of Rich's most egregious columns about the town meeting that Hillary Clinton had before Super Tuesday. He lambasted her for including certain types of people from different races and genders in the background and among the questioners.

He wrote: "The campaign’s other most potent form of currency remains its thick deck of race cards. This was all too apparent in the Hallmark show. In its carefully calibrated cross section of geographically and demographically diverse cast members — young, old, one gay man, one vet, two union members — African-Americans were reduced to also-rans. One black woman, the former TV correspondent Carole Simpson, was given the servile role of the meeting’s nominal moderator, Ed McMahon to Mrs. Clinton’s top banana....But the wholesale substitution of Hispanics for blacks on the Hallmark show is tainted by a creepy racial back story."

First, this was not true, as there was an African-Americans that participated. And the idea that a campaign tries to make things look diverse (or not) is not news. I am waiting for Frank Rich to castigate Obama this weekend for having his campaign ask Muslim women with headscarves to be moved out of camera sight at an event in Michigan? I am also waiting for Frank Rich to castigate Obama for holding his rally on the last day of the primary in lily-white liberal Minnesota, so he gets lots and lots of white faces in the background, pushing African-Americans out of the way. And why are McCain and Obama always putting white women in the backgrounds now?

Eric Chen


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