Come On, Her RFK Gaffe's Not So Bad

Online journos magnified one line to rack up hits
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2008 7:53 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton speaks with reporters after voting against the Iraq Supplemental Thursday, May 24, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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(Newser) – Why have reporters turned Hillary Clinton's RFK flub into a huge story? To generate online hits with more political gossip, John Harris writes in Politico. Sure, it's hot news to hear about, but if you watch the remark on video, it's "deflating," Harris writes—it's just a calm, analytical statement made deep into a 20-minute conversation.

In another age, newspapers and networks analyzed real issues before a captive audience. But the web has wired them for speed, and now bloggers set the tone. Worse, the "uproar du jour mentality" means politicians are not held accountable because they know "that the pack will soon move on."