New York Times reporter Peter Baker offered new insights into how badly former President Barack Obama reacted to Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election. It came in a new edition of his book “Obama: The Call to History.” But since Obama sounded whiny about how history unfolded, the news media don’t want to talk about it.
Like every other leftist, Obama was shocked by the election results, thinking there was “No way Americans would turn” to Donald Trump, as Baker wrote. Obama’s “legacy, he felt, was in safe hands.” He could not believe the American people had “turned on him” for a man he had written off as a “cartoon.”
Baker reported that Obama told his family, “This stings. … This hurts,” and blamed Clinton, who he felt “brought many of her troubles on herself” and ran a “scripted, soulless campaign.”
“To Obama and his team,” he wrote, “the real blame lay squarely with Clinton. … She was the one who could not translate his strong record and healthy economy into a winning message.”
When it comes to Trump, the media elites relish capturing and promoting every spoonful of Republican internal warfare, savoring every dollop of any Republican who trashes Trump behind his back. If the McCains and Flakes were to publicly denounce him on Capitol Hill, that would be covered. If they were nameless and faceless? That’d be news, too.
But when Democrats start ripping one another, they see it as Ma and Pa having a fight and hide it shamelessly. A sulking, sanctimonious Obama blasts Clinton — and nothing. The networks haven’t reported this, despite the source being a New York Times reporter. But this is funnier: It’s also not in The New York Times. You have to go to the London Daily Mail or the Washington Examiner to find it.
The same trend was visible when Clinton claimed the election was “stolen” from her. At one of those Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking events (where the tickets can go for two bucks due to lack of interest), on May 4 in Los Angeles, she proclaimed: “I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, ‘You can run the best campaign. You can even become the nominee. And you can have the election stolen from you.'”
The crowd broke into applause. Democrats could never defend the notion she ran “the best campaign.” But they like the theory that the Russians stole it from her.
She is shameless. It’s been 30 months since she lost, and she’s still making excuses. She went on to insist the Mueller report “not only decisively proves but goes chapter and verse about how the Russians — in the words of the report — conducted ‘a sweeping and systemic’ interference in our election.” That’s the report written by a pack of lawyers who donated to her campaign (including one who reportedly attended her “victory party”). But the pack found no collusion with Trump.
She also ignores that Russian interference on social media often took both sides, not just Trump’s side — against “Islamophobia,” and against Muslim refugees coming to America. They ran a Facebook page called “Blacktivist” that carried passionate denunciations of the criminal justice system and viral videos of police violence.
The media strongly denounced Donald Trump after an October 2016 debate for refusing to say whether he would accept the election results. But Hillary Clinton, like the press corps, can never accept what actually happened.
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L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.