Monday, September 25, 2006

Wallace post-game show

Chris Wallace gives post-interview analysis of yesterday's aired dust-up with President Clinton.
He attacked right-wingers--accused me of a "conservative hit job"--and even spun a theory I still don't understand that somehow Fox was trying to cover up the fact that NewsCorp. chief Rupert Murdoch was supporting his Global Initiative. I still have no idea what set him off.
More: I think Althouse is onto something:
Now that I've seen the reaction on the left, I'm convinced that Clinton went on the show planning to act the way he did. It wasn't Chris Wallace's specific question that set him off. He decided in advance to go on Fox News and unleash an attack on Fox News as soon as when he saw an opening. But he jumped too eagerly at what wasn't really an opening and he jumped weirdly. That he thought he was doing well suggests that he has surrounded himself with people who are pulling him out of the calm, rational center -- what Arianna mocks as a "bipartisan love-in."

But this country is full of people who aren't hotly partisan, who are put off by that strong stuff, and who need to see a demonstration of calm rationality. Now his over-the-top performance is being praised by those people who crowd around him -- that's the real love-in -- and he may succumb to their fawning inducements to hardcore partisanship.
Kaus thinks Clinton was winning the interview too (if that's a way to put it) until he went all paranoid on Wallace!


Anonymous Luther said...

My thoughts were also that Clinton went into the interview with a plan to act this way.

Why do an interview with them if you feel they are smirking and unfair?

He probably had everything scripted out and knew that he would get some question that would be his segway.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How utterly calculated if true... I thought that was Hillary's m.o.

7:49 PM  

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