The other day, CNN's "Reliable Sources" show sought to explore Hillary's Sunday morning interview blitz of Sept. 23. Why do the media pine for her so? Michelle Cottle of The New Republic gave the typical liberal answer: "She's a celebrity. She and Bill have passed some point where they're no longer just politicians. They're rock stars."
There is absolutely no doubt that liberals really do think of the Clintons in rock-star terms, and the "objective" media have not merely treated them that way with a long-running assembly line of dazzled profiles and shoe-polishing interviews. Their royal treatment of the Clintons sends a signal to the rest of the political world: You cannot hope to contain these deeply impressive world leaders.
National Public Radio threw a temper tantrum and refused to air an interview with the president of the United States because the president sat down with NPR's Juan Williams instead of another NPR-approved interviewer. But Hillary is allowed to be as choosy as she wants to be.
On CNN, Washington Post reporter Anne Kornblut explained that Hillary always "picks her targets" in the media in a very calculating way. "When she decided to talk to The Washington Post, she picked columnists that she wanted to speak to and ... hasn't done interviews with the beat reporters, for example. And this is not just true of The Washington Post. It's true everywhere. And it's worked to her benefit so far, but it's a very specific strategy."
Her choosy strategy has worked to her benefit because the media (SET ITAL) want (END ITAL) it to work to her benefit. It's like her cozy book tour for her ridiculous history-mangling memoir in 2003. At that time, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell sang from that same Anne Kornblut song sheet, frankly recounting that Hillary was smart to avoid lowering herself to tough interviews with Tim Russert. "This is a way of her getting out her version, so that people, book buyers, people who read it, people who will read about it will hear it more in her voice, and that is politically very advantageous."
In this last Sunday round, the hosts did ask a few questions that Hillary wouldn't like. Fox's Chris Wallace pressed her on her right-wing-trashing "hyper-partisan view of politics." Tim Russert, among others, pressed about her Norman Hsu campaign-finance scandal. Some asked about her refusal to condemn MoveOn.org as it branded generals as traitors in newspaper ads.