The media was in an uproar over the supposedly horrible treatment they received from the evil Hillary Clinton campaign because they used a rope to separate them from the candidate while she was meeting with the people.
Jake Tapper set everyone off on a tirade by comparing the roped-off section for journalists with a veal pen. S.E. Cupp quickly returned back to her old Democrat-hating self, after briefly showing a scosche of humanity with her acclaim for the SCOTUS marriage equality decision. She said that this whole thing, with the corralling of the journalists with a roped-off section, was embarrassing.
'This is humiliating for journalists who have to abide by Hillary Clinton's rules of journalism... I don't blame her, I blame reporters who put up with this.'
Why is being cordoned off humiliating? Being a reporter isn't supposed to be easy. I applaud this move wholeheartedly. I love being part of the media and covering news and writing opinions, but when did journalists believe they were more important than the candidates? The American people don't care one bit about your bitching being rope-a-doped and in fact, journalists as a profession has taken terrible hits to their worth to society since 2009.
Digby: Media narcissists
All over the twitter machine and TV this morning members of the press are whining about Clinton using a rope line to keep the press from crowding her during a parade yesterday. It's some kind of metaphor for how unapproachable she is and therefore, how much voters are going to reject her.
Here's a hint: nobody gives a damn about the press having access to her. In fact, people probably don't blame her for avoiding them. Because, I hate to remind them, nobody likes them:
Compared with the ratings four years ago, journalists have dropped the most in public esteem. The share of the public saying that journalists contribute a lot to society is down 10 percentage points, from 38% in 2009 to 28% in 2013. The drop is particularly pronounced among women (down 17 points). About as many U.S. adults now say journalists contribute “not very much” or “nothing at all” to society (27%) as say they contribute a lot (28%).
I also love the fact that the Clinton campaign hasn't subjected themselves to being dissected by the press a year and a half before the election and decided to do things their way. Bravo!
I laughed this morning when a Republican talker on Fox News attacked Hillary for not acting more like Carly Fiorina, who's given like, 80 interviews since February. Yes, Hillary should act more like a know-nothing candidate who helped destroy the company she worked for as a CEO and is pining for all the attention she can get.
The press' behavior towards Hillary and The Clintons in general has always been atrocious to say the least. She knows they will try to vilify her at every turn this election cycle so why go out of your way to appease them at this early stage. What would be the point?