There is very little doubt that the press coverage of the upcoming election cycle tilts left; with the democrats being the recipients of a greater number of positive stories than negative disclosures. A remarkable occurrence when a Clinton is running for office.

By way of example, we are provided with a story widely distributed by the Associated Press. Glen Johnson's piece, "Analysis: Clinton Calm in Hostage Crisis" is an almost perfect example of the "spinmeister's craft."

The situation was unfortunate: a mentally-deranged individual wanting to talk to a politician about getting help for mental illness -- and commanding attention by claiming to have a bomb and taking innocent hostages. One almost expects Bruce Willis to burst on the scene to take command of the rescue operation.

But let's look at how the story played out with Glen Johnson reporting. Perhaps the piece should have been more honestly titled: Capitalizing on a dramatic photo op?

"When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis."

How can anyone tell? This is her normal, unsmiling serious demeanor. If Hillary smiles or laughs, it is usually the controlled artificial laugh of somebody who thinks other people think something is funny -- and therefore the most appropriate response would be a laugh. The emotional calculation often results in her timing being just a hair off -- giving further emphasis to her "tightly wound" nature. Whereas Bill is genuinely emotional and a "people person," Hillary is anything but! 

"The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand town hall meetings and campaign commercials strive for — namely, that the Democratic presidential contender can face disorder in a most orderly manner."

Unfortunately for Hillary, one needs only to believe their eyes and ears to know how controlled the situation really is.

Prepared statements for all contingencies?

"'I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well,' she declared as she stood alone at the microphone.

"Little more than three hours later, just in time for the 11 p.m. local news, Clinton reaffirmed that perspective. In New Hampshire, she embraced her staffers and their families, and lauded the law enforcement officials who brought a siege at her local campaign headquarters to a peaceful conclusion."

A cynical reporter with a view of the future or telling the truth?

"It was a vintage example of a candidate taking a negative and turning it into a positive. And coming just six weeks before the presidential voting begins, the timing could hardly have been more beneficial to someone hoping to stave off a loss in the Iowa caucuses and secure a win in the New Hampshire primary."

And a perfect example why she should not be the President or the Commander-in-Chief...

"The aides said Clinton immediately canceled her trip and began working the phones. She later told reporters she had New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a fellow Democrat, on the phone in eight minutes."

"Over the ensuing five hours, as a state trooper negotiated with the suspect and hostages were released one-by-one, Clinton continued to call up and down the law enforcement food chain, from local to county to state to federal officials."

Even when she knew that her behavior was inappropriate and disruptive, she still had to convey the impression that she was "in the command loop" and was fully informed at all times.

"I knew I was bugging a lot of these people, it felt like on a minute-by-minute basis, trying to make sure that I knew everything that was going on so I was in a position to tell the families, to tell my campaign and to be available to do anything that they asked of me," the New York senator said.

This should have be read as "Trying to make sure I knew everything that was going on so that I was in a position to answer any press inquiries and knew how to manipulate the situation." I am sure that Hillary regrets not being able to test her responses before a focus group before going on stage.

At the same time, the woman striving to move from former first lady to the first female president was eager to convey that she knew the traditional lines of command and control in a crisis, even if the events inside the storefront on North Main Street were far short of a world calamity.

"They were the professionals, they were in charge of this situation, whatever they asked me or my campaign to do is what we would do," Clinton said.

Hillary openly acknowledges her inappropriate behavior. She knew there were professionals on scene, she knew that there were established lines of command, she knew that the efforts of responding to a high-profile politician with a microphone in her hand were both time consuming and counter-productive since she needed to talk with "high level" officials rather than the PIO (Public Information Officer).

It is exactly this type of Administration meddling in law enforcement and military operations that leads to disaster. One need only look at the inaction of those in the White House who needed constant reaffirmation and permission to kill or capture Osama bin Laden to know how dangerous this behavior can be in a time of war. The White House should be where policy is set -- where outcomes are defined -- and where action is broadly authorized. Operational details and control should be pushed as far down the chain of command and control to the on-scene commanders as possible. The old military adage "you lead from the front" has never been truer. Having to worry about the career implications of making a politically embarrassing move while knowing that the boss is watching intently is not conducive to successful operations. It is more likely to cause delay and paralysis in the system as the bigwigs demand more and more information from their on-scene commanders.

Overcoming Hillary's personality... 

The Clinton spin machine trying to overcome the common (ant probably true) impression that Hillary is a shrill, coldly calculating, narcissistic personality that will do or say anything to achieve her goals. But for those with insight into the political machinations of press manipulation, the vision is only reinforced when one reads tripe like this...

"Along with taking charge while giving the professionals free rein, Clinton offered up a third dimension to her crisis character: humanity. She said she felt "grave concern" when she first heard the news of the hostage-taking."

Taking Charge? Taking charge of  what,  the Clinton spin machine? Why do I not believe that Hillary was expressing "grave concern" at a time when she normally would have been "giddy" over the perfect timing of a beneficial press event that placed her squarely front-and-center on the media state?

"'It affected me not only because they were my staff members and volunteers, but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, everything at the same time,' Clinton said."

"It was a thawing moment for a stoic figure who once snapped that she opted for professional life instead of staying home to bake cookies."

If her emotions are really this close to the surface, how can we expect a cool, rational decision of matters of national defense and in response to catastrophes? One that does not leave the top official "bewildered," and making decisions based on political calculations rather than simply benefiting all citizens of the United States.

Stroking the campaign workers...

"She buttressed it with one final message. Clinton sought to use the sad moment as a national teaching opportunity, another skill often employed by presidents."

"She paid tribute to the thousands of believers who set aside their lives every four years so they can propel presidential campaigns on little more than blood, sweat and tears."

"They believe in our future. They work around the clock. They are so committed to their cause, and I just want to commend every one of them from every campaign who really makes what is a sacrifice and a commitment," Clinton said. "A lot of them postpone school, leave their families, move across the country, and I'm so grateful for them every single day, and I'm especially just relieved to have this situation end so peacefully without anyone being injured."

"Class dismissed."

We have seen, time-and-time again, Hillary's preoccupation with a large "nanny state" government where decisions are made by "mommy" who always knows best. One only has to re-read "It Takes a Village" to understand that a Clinton regime would result in the further dissolution of the individual responsibility that has built America into the greatest nation on earth. Possibly to the point where America loses her unique individualistic character and becomes the type of third-world "group think" nation that is inexorably leading Europe to its inevitable downfall.

What can YOU do?

Thank Glen Johnson for a well-written piece that exposes the true Hillary Clinton and the Associated Press for widely distributing his work.

Do not rely on media accounts to form an opinion on the political candidates in this upcoming election cycle. Instead watch what they do, not what they say. Apply a common-sense filter to daily events. Consider what you might do in a similar situation and then note the difference between what should have been done and what the politicos actually advocate. While you might not know the nuances of command and control procedures or the technical methodology for ordering an air strike, you are certainly more than capable, as a citizen of the United States, in recognizing what a favorable outcome that benefits your fellow citizens should look like.

Consider that Hillary is a deeply-flawed personality who has her own socialistic agenda to pursue if she ever gets power. One need only look at what she has done (or not done) for the people of New York. There is no leadership there. As despicable as Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg and Eliot Spitzer may seem to some of the population, they are all leaders with a vision. They are not "me too" politicians who merely sign-on to the work of others in order to foster the impression of progress. While they are all flawed politicians, I would much rather have one of them sitting in the Commander's chair than Hillary.

Do not vote for any candidate who will do or say anything just to assume the mantle of power. Not only do you not know their real agenda, you can never trust their motivations. They are truly people without the character that made America great.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for personal power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

The Associated Press: Analysis: Clinton Calm in Hostage Crisis

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