On the eve of Obama's vice-presidential announcement, here's a quick hit, adapted from a note I just had to dash off to one of my favorite shows.
I'm sick and tired of a few things:
1-You know I was a working journalist for over 20 years, and taught it for about 6. So I know how you feel about charges of media bias, because I generally feel that way too. But I have to say that from the start much of your coverage of the presidential campaign was like the way the local announcer covers the hometown baseball team: you've sounded like 'homers' for Hilary.
I would concede a rationale for that during the primary--she is still our senator. But as coverage makes its way toward the convention in Denver, with all the continuing emphasis on the white Democrats who loved Hilary but, strangely, can't abide Obama, I have to conclude you're still at it; the reporting feels like all that mattered was that Hilary carried New York.
2- If nothing else,you need to remember that while Hilary got about 60+ percent of the state as a whole, Obama got 90+ percent of black New Yorkers. Every single show you do on the whole Hilary angst, and her die hards, that does not even mention the equally deep passion of black New Yorkers feels like a wedge in the heart.
I once really admired Hilary (and Bill) and voted for her gladly for Senate. Then, though I didn't have anything against her, I preferred Obama for President.
But since the rest of the primary season played out with her as Lady Macbeth, I've come to dislike her strongly. And, as I hear stories of how some of her supporters would still like to bring Obama down, for reasons that always sound tissue thin, when they are articulated at all, I've begun to HATE Hilary Clinton. Funny thing: I realize it's not all her fault; this kind of coverage aggravates a sentiment that violates my personal morality and professional ethics.
3-I'd like to see you go after the root of all this, as journalists. Call the freakin' question: are people who support Hilary, can't articulate a real policy difference between her and Obama yet can't bring themselves to vote for him (despite her so-called urging) motivated by racism?
Because that, I think, is what the black New Yorkers (more and more I've noticed) listening to your show are screaming as they follow this and similar coverage.
4-Finally, though I now almost loathe her, and the racist blackmail that could possibly still press Obama to select her, I'd almost like to see Hilary on the ticket as VP.
Why? Because then all those suspected Democrat racists out there in the so-called heartland will have to put up or shut up. They'll have to tell Hilary to her face why they're still not voting for Obama.
I hope to heaven they prove me wrong.