Monday, June 27, 2005

Hillary Pressures Networks to Cancel Klein

Remember in 2004 when everyone that had writtien a book that was critical of Bush were allover the media? All of the morning talk shows and all over cable? What a difference a year and a different politician make. Seems Edward Klein, who has written a book critical of Hillary Clinton, is being cancelled from appearing on the usual author circuit. Now before you leftists go off about Klein being a right wing character assasin, try and remember that Klein likely has better leftists credentials than you do. Carl Limbacher Jr., has some interesting observations in his article.

""I've had more political pressure than I've ever had in all my years in radio," Hannity said to Klein during a radio interview. "Do you know the number of requests I've had to cancel you and not have you on this program? I've never in the history of this program had more demands to cancel the guest."

Hannity did not identify the source of the "political pressure."

Other hosts had similar experiences. Salem Radio Network's Mike Gallagher, syndicated nationwide, said he was deluged by emails opposing Klein's scheduled appearance and demanding he drop the author. Gallagher described the campaign as "very unnatural, like an orchestrated [effort]" and not from his listeners.

But other networks, particularly television, have succumbed to the pressure.

Klein's original schedule had him appearing on several top-rated TV shows. But all of them have cancelled. Among the cancellations: "Extra;" MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews;" and CNN's Paula Zahn show.

Several shows apparently expressed a keen interest in booking Klein until pressure from the Hillary camp stopped them, among them ABC's "Good Morning America," NBC's "Today" show, and CNN's "Aaron Brown."

Still more shows were expected to sign on after the book began hitting the bestseller lists. It has done just that, but Klein's publicist's phones are still not ringing."

Three things come to mind here. Obviously there is a media bias, which becomes more evident each day. Secondly, the Clintons, for what ever reason have a hold on the MSM. The MSM certainly would have whined about cencorship if any other politician, especially a republican, had pulled what the Clintons seem to be pulling now. You can bet there will be many, many puff pieces and favorable stories on Hillary over the next 3 years. Klein will likely be trashed by his leftists buddies.

"Others are noting the media's hypocrisy in dealing with the Klein book and how the same media treated Kitty Kelley's book "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty." Kelley's book offered far more salacious allegations about George W. Bush.

The books are hardly comparable, though; Klein is a veteran, award-winning journalist known for serious, and non political biographies, while Kelley has developed a reputation as a purveyor of gossip on her targets.

Last week, Fox News host Neil Cavuto told his audience, "Kitty [Kelley] was booked on shows. Ed is getting no bookings, period ... Could it be the media relished dirt on the president, less so on the woman who wants to be president?"

With a heated presidential campaign underway last year, Kelley was given star billing on show's like NBC's "Today" show (with an unprecedented interview over three days); CNBC's "Capital Report;" CNN "Newsnight" hosted by Aaron Brown; CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight;" CNN's "American Morning" with Paula Zahn; MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, among others.

Though Kelley made unsubstantiated allegations, including charges of illicit sex and drug use against Bush (previously she accused President Reagan of date rape in a book that received page one coverage from the New York Times), her book drew huge media interest.

But today, Klein, once a favored media author for serious bestsellers including "All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy" and "Just Jackie: Her Private Years," has been banned from major TV shows."

There you have it. Another major case of media hypocricy. Of course had the book been about Bush or another republican, you can bet that Klein would have been the darling of the talk show circuit. - Sailor

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