The headline was matched by the lede, another finger-pointing gotcha:
HANGING ROCK, Ohio – Senator Hillary Clinton, who has accused rival Barack Obama of sending misleading mailers to voters about her healthcare plan, misstated his healthcare views before an audience yesterday in rural Ohio.
You need to really substantiate a lede like that in the guts of the story. Something that really nails it, like,
Senator Clinton said Obama’s plan “would not cover a single veteran.” However, Senator Obama’s health care proposal, available on his web site, has a section called “Covering Veterans” that proposes making universal health-care for veterans “our nation’s top priority.”
(Of course I made that up–it’s an example.)
So what’s the smoking gun?
Clinton argues that Obama would leave 15 million people uncovered by not extending his mandate to adults.
Obama, though, has made healthcare a centerpiece of his domestic agenda, and he, too, has proposed a detailed plan to cover the uninsured, pledging to have affordable coverage available for all Americans by the end of his first term as president.
That’s it. That’s the sole basis for “Clinton misstates” in the headline and the lede.
She’s done. This is an especially gross example, but it’s how she is being covered by a spoiled press corps that really, really hates her. (Note to Scott Helman, the reporter who penned the story: Hatchet jobs are more effective if they maintain the veneer of objectivity.)
Depending on your point of view I guess you might think this is a good thing. But who says Obama won’t be next? Seems like there’s no loyalty on the campaign trail, and the press gets bored awfully easy.