ABC Champions 'Star Power' of 'Megawatt Political Giants' First Lady, Bill Clinton and, Sort of, Palin
Published: 9/22/2010 9:55 AM ET
"Star power: Three megawatt political giants hit the campaign trail," Diane Sawyer touted at the top of Tuesday's World News, focusing on "First Lady Michelle Obama now joining former President Bill Clinton and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the power hitters on the campaign trail." Yet, ABC advanced the hope Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton offer Democratic election prospects, while treating Sarah Palin as an after-thought and painting her as just a self-promoter, all before a giddy Sawyer turned to George Stephanopoulos to expound ob Bill Clinton's brilliance: "Let's talk about former President Clinton's advice to President Obama - is he going to take it?"
Jonathan Karl relayed "we learn on a day that the White House also announced that the First Lady is about to hit the campaign trail. The White House calls her the 'Closer.' And with time running out for congressional Democrats, they're sending her in." Plus, "former President Bill Clinton is out on the campaign trail, too, and now he's offering the President some free advice" to ask voters to give Democrats two more years and only vote them out in 2012 if they fail to deliver.
He moved on to Palin, who "upped the ante today, putting out a slick new Web video that portrays her as a national leader of the Tea Party movement. The video shows her cheered on by enthusiastic Tea Partiers," but "it could be argued the video does more to promote Palin than the Republican party. In fact, it includes 28 shots of Palin, but never once mentions the word 'Republican.'"