It started awhile ago, when the math against Clinton became clear and yet the media refused to acknowledge that she was in a dire situation. The usually reasonable Gary Eichten of MPR actually called the race “virtually tied” on multiple occasions, even ignoring that Clinton just can’t overcome Obama in the popular vote or pledged delegates.
After some time, the media finally did come around to the fact that Clinton can’t win, and in reaction, started exploiting the Wright and “Bitter” “scandals” in order to keep a narrative going. I’m not saying the media is biased, I’m saying that they’re inept.
And the ineptitude continues. After Clinton won Pennsylvania, even though there is no significant change in the race, and certainly none in the delegate count, the media continues to pound the message that Obama is in trouble. He’s in trouble because he can’t win a certain demographic. Let’s not forget that Clinton can’t win over far more demographics, but that wouldn’t keep the narrative going, would it? Let’s also not forget that the majority of that demographic would still vote for Obama in the general. But again, that would mean the story would be over.
At least Obama supporters aren’t the only people who recognize such things. It’s hard to find any such stories in the media of late, they’re probably afraid of appearing “biased” against Clinton by reporting the truth, as they have been attacked of all election, but they do exist. Perhaps my favorite of late is from Slate’s Trailhead Blog:
Right now, the Clinton Kool-Aid is on tap, and the media are doing keg stands. The same writers who once said Clinton was doomed are now ignoring the fact that the math is even more oppressive for Clinton. Obama will likely need to convince 25 percent to 35 percent of the about 300 uncommitted superdelegates to support him, and he will reach the 2,024 delegates needed to become the nominee. Put another way, Clinton needs to convince 65 percent to 75 percent of them to vote for her. That’s 200 elected officials and party bigwigs she needs to convince not to support the guy who has the most pledged delegates.
It’s still nearly impossible for Clinton to win without superdelegates, and is completely impossible for her to overcome Obama in voters. And yet, listening to the media, you’d think that they were “virtually tied.”