Press Resurrects Calculating Hillary of Yore

As media try to slow race, adoring coverage dissipates, Politico says
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2007 5:51 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. delivers remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus at their Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The media is committing an abrupt about-face in Hillary coverage—from supportive to critical—and Politico agrees with a Clinton aide that “the press is invested in making this a race.” Between articles talking up “nepotism,” “weasel words,” and even “the Cackle,” Mike Allen and John F. Harris see a “groupthink” return to old storylines.

Months of “rosy portrayals” of Hillary’s skillful campaigning, including positive coverage of her health care plan, have suddenly given way to depictions of a ruthless politician who lacks a common touch. The writers are not, however, worried for her: They call the turn a “backhanded but distinct compliment” from insiders seeking a prolonged battle for the inevitable victor. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)