COMMENTS: Kitchen Sink Drama

The second angle coming out of Ohio and Texas was Obama's defeat. He has "blown a chance to drive Clinton from the race," declared CBS' Dean Reynolds, implying, without evidence, that Obama had lost his lead there. In fact, almost all opinion polls had him coming from behind in those two contests.

All three networks used the Obama soundbite about Rodham Clinton's "kitchen sink strategy" to account for her win. CBS' Reynolds paraphrased Rodham Clinton's "more muscular" tone as portraying Obama as "little more than a guy with a knack for speechmaking." The payoff from this change of tactic in the primary's final days "may be found in exit polls showing those who made up their mind late preferring Clinton." ABC's David Wright (at the tail of the Snow videostream) observed Obama's newfound "decidedly sharper tone" as he questioned whether experience as a First Lady made it easier to answer 3am telephone calls and he undercut her claims to have been "thoroughly vetted" by pointing out that her income tax returns and records as a First Lady were unpublished. NBC's Lee Cowan, like his colleague Andrea Mitchell, cited his own network's Saturday Night Live. Its parody of journalists' fawning illustrated Obama's complaint that his media scrutiny had turned negative in compensation.


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