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Washington Post Parrots NYT Hillary Article

In case you missed yesterday’s Hillary story in the New York Times, the Washington Post kindly parrots it almost word for word for their readers:

Antiwar Democrats Are Less Critical As Clinton Takes A New Tack on Iraq

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Thursday, June 21, 2007; A03

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) drew only modest boos at a gathering of liberal activists yesterday, a sign of how well her changing position on Iraq is playing in the antiwar wing of her party.

Last year, speaking at the Campaign for America’s Future conference, Clinton was loudly hissed when she said it is not “smart strategy” to set a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq. This year, the same group applauded Clinton as she described a bill she introduced to deauthorize the war and the recent vote she cast against funding it, both positions she has adopted since becoming a candidate for president in January.

“She’s been kind of slow to come to the antiwar position, but she’s there now,” said Robert Borosage, the co-director of the D.C.-based group that hosted the conference. “Her position on the war has improved dramatically.”

Activists from Code Pink, an antiwar group whose members often wear pink uniforms, waved signs that said “Lead Us Out of Iraq” and shouted the same message at Clinton as she spoke. “I love coming here,” she said with a laugh, adding: “I see the signs, ‘Get us out of Iraq.’ That is what we are trying to do.”

Jodie Evans, one of the founders of Code Pink, said Clinton should do more to stop Congress from funding the war and should apologize for voting to authorize it. The group booed loudest when Clinton criticized the Iraqi government because it was like “blaming the victim,” Evans said.

But Bob Fertik, a liberal blogger who attended the conference last year and did not like Clinton’s remarks then, said he appreciates where the candidate is going. “This time she tried to be with us,” he said

For Clinton, the shift has been even more pronounced. Her campaign announcement speech barely mentioned Iraq, focusing as it did on her domestic policy achievements. On her first campaign swing through Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton was asked frequently about her war position, with pointed questions about whether she would say her vote to authorize the war was a mistake. The intensity of the antiwar feeling in the early-voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa surprised her aides.

Over the past few months, her campaign rhetoric has changed, and so have her actions in the Senate.

Last month, Clinton co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) to withdraw authorization for the war, voted against $95 billion in war funding and backed a bill calling for the troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by March 31. On the stump, she now cites all those efforts after uttering her standard line: “If President Bush doesn’t end this war in Iraq, I will.” …

Whatever her motives, Clinton’s moves on the war have improved her political prospects in Iowa and New Hampshire. As she has emphatically called for troops to be withdrawn, a stance Edwards had adopted earlier, he has had to make more subtle points to show the distinctions between their records…

Once again we see how the New York Times sets the agenda for the rest of the world of journalism.

Though, to be fair, the Washington Post did spell out who the demonstrators are who are making such a difference in the direction of Hillary Clinton’s campaign — Code Pink and Bill Fertik.

That this handful of professional America-haters have so much influence is all you need to know about the current state of the Democrat Party and our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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