Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama camp: We have bigger fish to fry than you, Times Leader

Update 12:49 p.m.: Wonkette picked up the story. Heh.

The Times Leader ran a bitchy little story today complaining that the Obama campaign didn't show local reporters and crowds nearly as much love as Hillary did. And while the story comes off as bush-league whining, it's true. And how about this gem from an Obama staffer: "Look, we’re not here to answer questions from The Times Leader all day." Meow!

34 comments:

Eponymous Anonymous said...

I disagree that this is bush league stuff. How the candidates relate to local crowds and the media is newsworthy. After all, the prime reason for most people attending these local rallies is to mingle with the candidate. And the local press is the conduit through which the candidates otherwise interact with the townsfolk.
fwiw ... Corbett registered similar gripes on his blog about the way Obama distanced himself from the locals.

Anonymous said...

uhn-freakin-believable... and this man wants to be president?

makes me dislike him even more.

get away from me peons, don't you know who I am? I'm important and don't have time for you. No soup for you!

Anonymous said...

Borys at the TT scored an exclusive interview with Obama, while the TL sat around bitching.

Anonymous said...

Well if you listen to the rants of Obamas mentor/minister/buddy/pal/ father figure/ white people are the root of all evil! And this guys wants to be my president!Ill cross over to the dark side (no pun intended) and vote McCain1

Anonymous said...

People think Hill is an aloof b1tch. She ate pizza, walked the parade, signed autographs, stole babies, posed for pictures. Obama met with rich white womenf for 10 minutes, wouldn't even so much as wave to his own supporters, and he did not have pizza of any color.

Anonymous said...

The local Obama press crew was the most inept I've ever dealt with and I've dealt with many. Scary to think that if he can't organize an effective local ground staff, what the hell will happen if he gets to the White House. Sorry Barack, you lost my vote after this appearance. Long live Hillary.

Anonymous said...

How about the idiot speech he delivered? NOT impressed. What is it that the national news reporters see that they're so enamored?? He's clearly a dim lightbulb.

Anonymous said...

I was afraid all the fat chicks at the head table were going to eat him. I hear they prefer dark meat -- actually any meat!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Obama knew about this horrible Bill O'Boyle lede:

"SCRANTON – Barack Obama says it’s time for change and Monday he proved it. The Illinois senator arrived in Scranton around 4 p.m. wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a light blue tie. There was no wearin’ o’ the green at this point on this St. Patrick’s Day. But that would change later."

Terrible. Just terrible.

Anonymous said...

Clinton just recently switched strategies to relate more to the local media.

The thing is, Obama knows NEPA and PA isn't likely going to him ... so why bother?

He doesn't need PA for the general election anyhow. He was Wyoming.

Anonymous said...

You folks are scary. No, make that terrifying. America's a great country if people like you get to vote.

Anonymous said...

Did it dawn on anybody that Hillary HAS TO pander to everybody because if she somehow loses Pa., it's over?
Obama's campaign, quite frankly, probably realizes NEPA is a no-go and figures he shouldn't waste too much time there.

Anonymous said...

Jeezus, just because Rich gets his dick sucked by local politicians doesn't mean Obama's ears are handles!

Get over yourselves. You think he needs you to get to the voters, but his message is over your heads and the voters are responding. Leave the press pandering to Hillary. She needs your help, badly.

Rodham worship said...

Obama knows coal crackers are crackers.

Anonymous said...

First , Eponymous is the most verbose motherfucker I've ever heard. But, she does work at the TL, so it's a free pass.

Second: someone should've asked Sherry Long if she wanted some cheese with her morning whine. I have never, ever, ever seen a print reporter act in such a spoiled-rotten fashion. Contrary to what Eponymous contends, the P.R. folks should never EVER be part of the story. They may irritate you. God knows I've worked with some clueless P.R. hacks who made my job much harder than necessary. But nobody's going to read Sherry Long's graf of whine and Borys' Obama exclusive and feel sorry for Sherry for not going the extra mile. They'll simply view Borys' article as what's expected. Borys made her and top O'The Green's articles look like college Comp 101 rubbish. Readers don't want to read whining; they want to read results. They'll see through anything otherwise.
Anything less is lazy.

Third: A lot has been made of O'Boyle offering opinion in articles. Let's not confuse opinion with conjecture. Far from an O'Boyle apologist, I will say this: his main problem is he uses his guesses to fill in the blanks. Again, it screams laziness. Opinion is Connor mumbo-jumbo: Hillary will win PA, Barack will win Texas, I should know because I'm a great Texan -- all that bullshit. What plagues O'Boyle are the unsubstantiated assertations, such as what he wrote today: he mentioned there is some talk that if she takes PA, the superdelegates will likely push Hillary over Obama at the convention. Where? I haven't heard this talk. Is he out of his mind? Looks like O'Boyle has the winner-take-all electoral college confused with the apportioned Democratic primaries. Even if Obama only takes 20 percent of PA, he can still wield a sizable advantage over the Hill with the other primary wins. So why, in that case, O' God why, would the sups choose Hill? Yet Bill has made this quantum leap -- not only in his diminutive mind but in print! Christ!

Anonymous said...

5:56, more on Sherry Long plz.

Anonymous said...

But O'Boyle write the "wah, Obama wouldn't talk to me" story, not her.

Anonymous said...

5:56, seems like you know who Eponymous is. Care to share?

Anonymous said...

.......speaking of verbose, 5:56, yaaaaawn.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised O'Boyle didn't inject Clinton into the Obama story more than he did. The quote from Doherty was absolutely ridiculous. And the thing about superdelegates was totally unattributed.

Anonymous said...

There's a bigger picture here than NEPA. Obama couldn't afford to say much to the media, local or national, in Scranton with such a huge speech on race coming the next day. The plan obviously was to have his first real public response to the pastor scandal come as a grand speech, not a comment to small town media that would get picked up and overblown. Resolving this pastor issue is so much more important than winning NEPA... even Pennsylvania as a whole.

Eponymous Anonymous said...

5:56 is my new personal hero for taking 350 words to criticize my 72-word post for being too verbose. Enjoy your stay in hell, ashhole.

Anonymous said...

O'Boyle is like Larry King. You don't want to even pay attention to him. But he makes the Larry King-type gaffe of historic proportions, and you're like, "shit, how did I miss that?" And it happens on such a regular basis....well, let's just say it is historic. O'boyle's erroneous tendencies are something to behold. Even a member of the Irish Ladies would have more a vigilance to truth and accuracy than he. Congrats, Bill! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

O'Boyle is shit. He is supposed to writing fair and objective accounts of facts and comments. Yet all he does is inject his opinions into his stories. ie Hillary didn't need a cheat sheet. His Hillary coverage is one fucking disgrace. He needs to go back to county government and making more campaign contributions for his buddy Skrep. Maybe Skrep will appoint O'Boyle to some county board like Vensesky.

Anonymous said...

Did she belch? Fart? Or just pick her nose and eat it?

Anonymous said...

6:18, O'boyle did NOT write the "wah, Obama won't talk to me" story. It was indeed Sherry Long. Before you go and just randomly make posts, perhaps if you'd actually READ the paper, you might be more in tune. It was in a side bar.

Anonymous said...

Lookey here, 7:12, O'BOYLE wrote the story "We don't have time to talk to the Times-Leader all day" and the article that is linked on this blog. You have a beef with Sherry Long, start a different thread, loser.

Anonymous said...

When approached by Corbett, the best approach is to avoid eye contact and keep moving.

Anonymous said...

Funny 9:35 as a freelance shooter in the late 90s at the TL I was told the same thing about Allison W.


BOING!

Anonymous said...

Read Wonkette and it's easy to see why Obama gets a free ride with the national, lazy press. A group of arrogant know-it-alls who love another arrogant know-it-all.
Wah, wah, the local press cries? We make a big deal out of Hillary sitting to eat pizza with us and get upset when Obama "gives a lovely speech" but then his spokesman says he does not have time to speak with a local reporter all day...This is whining? Bulls$#*. Enough of this elitist crap. It's becoming more clear that Obama is getting a free ride from the highly-educated (wink), more knowledgable (cough), superior (gag) national media.
It IS all about how you treat the "little people." No vote of mine is going to go to a candidate who has no time to listen to his people, get to know them, ridicules the small guys as if they are pesky worms, and does not have any interest in getting to know more about different areas of this great nation.
An eloquent speaker does not make an eloquent leader.

Anonymous said...

One more thing. He has had plenty of time to spend with national TV news anchors.
Pompous.

Anonymous said...

Mitch Morrison would have nailed this story.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that. That's what the TL needs, Mitch and his types back.

Anonymous said...

Mitch used to make up quotes.