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Why is there more news coverage of Secretary Clinton falling while getting on a plane than there is of all the hard work she does daily to bring peace and stability to the U.S. and the world?

January 12, 2011

Jesus this is annoying. I just went on YouTube to try to find a video of her Townterview the other day in Abu Dhabi (there is only a snippet which I posted the other day) and all the most recent videos are from news organizations showing the video of her falling yesterday.

I’m glad she wasn’t hurt when she fell but my God the media loves to watch someone do just that–fall- physically, politically, emotionally. Do we need to see the video of her falling 72 times? No, we don’t. Hillary Clinton does a yeoman’s job dealing with the non-stop public scrutiny and total absence of privacy but I do believe she is entitled to some. She is entitled to have dinner with family and friends without having the cell phone photos being posted all over the internet (which is why you won’t see those photos on this site, even if they are sent to me). I understand that cameras were already running when she fell on the plane- all her departures are covered by traveling media and local media and I have no problem with that. What I object to is the constant replay of the video. I’d like to think it was solely out of concern for her safety but I doubt that is the case.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    January 12, 2011 8:59 am

    Because the media are idiots.

  2. Thain permalink
    January 12, 2011 11:40 am

    I know, it’s everywhere. You’d think it was more important than the work she’s doing on this trip. Of course it’s fine to ensure that she wasn’t hurt when she fell but to replay the video over and over and if you look on the internet some right wing sites are using a play on words and making a big deal about it- using it as an analogy for Obama’s foreign policy. Asshats.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    January 12, 2011 11:43 am

    Don’t you remember, when she first became SOS, there was oodles of coverage about her breaking her arm — and virtually nothing about the work she was doing when that happened. I fear that except for devoted fans like us, when most people look back on her tenure, they’ll think about the reset button goof, the broken arm, her “snapping angrily” at a questioner in Kinshasa, the Wiki cable embarassment, and now this. People just LOVE to collect stories like this about her. And the amazing thing is, few seem to recognize this for what it is — sexism.

    • PYW permalink
      January 12, 2011 12:23 pm

      Carolyn, I really think most of that stuff will be forgotten in the long term. BTW, I’m sure Hillary will make soon make fun of her fall. She’s good at not taking herself too seriously, an attitude you absolutely need if you’re going to be in the public eye almost 24/7.

      • January 12, 2011 12:25 pm

        I agree but in the short term it’s still frustrating. She’s on a major tour of key Gulf states and many headlines are about her fall. Same thing on YouTube. Of course, I don’t really care much for our MSM so I’m pretty quick to find fault.

    • January 12, 2011 1:30 pm

      If any of those media types or pundits talking about her fall had one-tenth of the schedule week in and week out that the SOS has, they’d be admitted to the hospital for exhaustion! I have no idea how she does it.

  4. PYW permalink
    January 12, 2011 1:46 pm

    stacy, I agree with your frustration completely. I was just responding to Carolyn’s worry that Hillary’s tenure will be remembered more for silly stuff like this than her substantive accomplishments. But in the short term, it’s infuriating, no doubt.

    • January 12, 2011 1:47 pm

      You were right about her being able to use it in a self-deprecating manner:

      http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2011/01/12/clinton-jokes-about-yemen-stumble/

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      January 12, 2011 2:10 pm

      Hope you’re right PYW. Among family and friends who voted for Obama (and we had some pretty heated debates back in ’08), many — but not all — have become disillusioned with Obama, but only one has conceded, “You were right — we should’ve elected Hillary.” Die-hard Obama supporters like my brother and
      husband — who still think he’s done
      wonderful things and will be remembered
      as a great President and who never liked
      Hillary AT ALL — they never comment
      that she’s been an effective SOS. In fact, they never mention her at all (knowing I’m a huge fan) except when some snafu like the fall or her becoming impatient with the questioner in Africa makes the news. Even more irritating, they’ll ask almost rhetorically, with a condescending smile, “So how do you think Hillary’s doing as SOS?” as if the answer is already abundantly, transparently clear (“Not much”). Once when my brother asked this in front of my sister-in-law (a HUGE Obama supporter in the day), she shushed him, saying, “Stop teasing — you know how Carolyn admires her.” I don’t consider either my husband or brother to be sexist in general, but there is something about Hillary (a certain type of powerful woman in a position of authoriy) that seems to call forth a need to belittle.

  5. PYW permalink
    January 13, 2011 12:25 pm

    Carolyn, Among Dems who are disillusioned with Obama, I’m sure it’s hard for some to admit Hillary likely would’ve been a better president. And maybe they still haven’t given up hope he’ll be the president they thought he’d be.

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