If you think the whole thing reads like an internal memo at a Democratic club, you're not mistaken. In more than 4,000 words, there's not a single conservative or Republican detractor -- not one -- quoted. Time explained that since the question of Hillary's forthcoming presidential campaign is so sensitive, neither Clinton would speak on the record, and discouraged all their insiders from speaking on the record. So the whole article is filled with the Clinton inner circle, often speaking anonymously.
That's not to say they don't ponder, inside the Clinton tank, how their marriage might be a political problem, or he might outshine her on the stump, or she might be seen as liberal. But imagine Time devoting an entire cover story to anonymous insider chatter from Reagan or Bush insiders, without a single soundbite from a liberal critic. Then see a doctor for shortness of breath if you can't handle the incessant laughter.
Conservatives do surface, in the usual role of vicious attackers. Her campaign for the White House could face every attack Bill faced and more, since "he never had to contend with the blogosphere or the newer kind of independent operation that turned swift boat into a verb in the 2004 presidential election."
Tumulty's most ridiculous sentence is this one: "Hillary has already figured as Lady Macbeth in enough volumes to fill a bookmobile." That's just servile exaggeration, just as there isn't a bookmobile of George W. Bush-bashing books.
That said, Tumulty is kind enough to finish the sentence by mentioning two forthcoming titles of vicious critiques of Hillary, one from Jonah Goldberg of National Review and my book with Tim Graham on how the media are trying to pave Hillary's path to the presidency. Tumulty is only making the conservative argument stick: The first way the media pave Hillary's path to power is by publishing cover stories in which only the Clinton political family is allowed to speak.
That's why the love her-hate her boxes are inadequate. What many conservatives hate is not Hillary but the glaringly obvious way in which the national news media circle around the Clintons like royal scribes and Secret Service protectors, incapable of telling a story straight, all the while insisting their final product is "objective news reporting."
Brent Bozell is the Founder and President of the Media Research Center.
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