Monday, June 16, 2008

The mainstream news media's funhouse mirror

So today the Obama campaign will announce its hiring of Patti Solis Doyle, the former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton. She will most likely be chief of staff for Obama's vice-presidential running mate, whoever that will be. So what does this mean?

Well, the NY Times speculates that it could be a sign of healing between the Clinton and Obama camps:

"Ms. Doyle will take the position before Mr. Obama announces his choice for a running-mate – he has not said when that will be. Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Doyle have a long friendship, and Ms. Doyle has long been one of her closest aides, until she was forced out. Could that mean – tea-leaf reading time – that Mr. Obama is really considering Mrs. Clinton for the No. 2 position, and wants to have an ally of her in place to ease the way? Perhaps."

Oooh, but the Washington Post sees the hire totally, completely differently:

"Solis Doyle -- who after her firing midway through the primaries is no longer on speaking terms with much of the Clinton inner circle, including the senator herself -- has been tapped to serve as chief of staff to the future vice presidential running mate. Not exactly a signal that Obama is considering Hillary Clinton for the job. At least that's how Clinton loyalists see it. "It's a slap in the face," Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Clinton backer, said in an interview. "Why would they put somebody that was so clearly ineffective in such a position? It's a message. We get it." She said it was a "calculated decision" by the Obama team to "send a message that she [Clinton] is not being considered for the ticket."

When will the sun come up tomorrow? Don't expect the same answer from these two papers.