As NewsBusters reported Monday, one of the media members that seemed to fall hook, line, and sinker for Hillary Clinton's crying game in New Hampshire was Kate Snow who covers the junior senator's campaign for ABC News, and posted a sycophantic blog about the weepy candidate's emotional performance virtually moments after it happened.
Six days later, appearing on CNN's "Reliable Sources," Snow continued to shill for Hillary, and took the pimping a step further by parroting statements made recently by Bill Clinton about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
After host Howard Kurtz showed a clip of the now infamous teary scene in that New Hampshire diner, Snow was asked how she saw the event, and responded with a statement that sounded like it had been written by one of Hillary's staffers:
Not only did I think it was a big moment, Howie, I was actually sitting down at that moment that she, her voice sort of choked at one moment, and I shot up out of my seat, because, in the room, when you were that close to her, you could feel it. You could feel that there was something that had clicked off. That something had changed. And she was showing true emotion.
So, for all of the pundits out there who weren't in the room who have been speculating about maybe it was fake, maybe she was pretending to cry and choke up, I was in the room. That was not pretend. I mean, she, there was a real emotion that was starting to come out. So, it did catch all of us. And, I looked over at Pat Healy, Patrick Healy, who's a reporter for the New York Times, and the two of us immediately exchanged glances like, "Oh my gosh, are you hearing this? This is something that we're witnessing." Because, normally, Hillary Clinton, I think anyone would tell you, she stops herself if she starts to feel, you know, she starts to show a little emotion, she'll sort of do that thing that women do where we stop ourselves from crying. You know, you sort of back off a little bit. And she didn't do that. She, she went with it. She allowed some of her feelings to show in a way that she hasn't before.
Honestly, could this have been scripted better if written by James Carville himself? Is Kate Snow a reporter covering the Clinton campaign, or working for it?
Sadly, this line got even more blurry later on in the discussion:
They will tell you, people that are close to her will tell you that this is the real Hillary Clinton. That she often, she often keeps to herself, she often doesn't show publicly, but she let it show.
Sure, Kate. This is the real Hillary Clinton, not the one that ABC's George Stephanopoulos and others who worked for Bill have claimed drops the f-word at staffers with the frequency of a drunken rapper in a Los Angeles bar at two in the morning.
Yet, Snow wasn't finished advancing Hillary talking points, for when the discussion moved to how the press are covering Obama, she became former president Clinton's advocate:
I was just going to say, what you're talking about right now, is almost precisely what Bill Clinton has been saying, particularly in the last few days on talk radio. He's been bringing this up again and again. He thinks the press is giving essentially a free ride to Barack Obama. He thinks that we haven't been scrutinizing his record, particularly when it comes to some of the statements he's made about Iraq and the Iraq war. Bill Clinton has been saying, you know, until he's blue in the face that we're not looking hard enough for inconsistencies in statements that Barack Obama has made. Now, the Obama camp has a full and ready response to that as well...
This appeared so biased that PBS media correspondent Terrence Smith took umbrage:
I've heard a lot of reporting on his limited experience, about how he's got no great depth in some of these issues. So, it's not to suggest, not that Kate is, that it's been all one-sided.
Snow then sheepishly defended herself:
I'm not suggesting. I'm repeating what Bill Clinton has been saying.
Yes, Kate, and seemingly everything that's being fed to you by his wife's campaign...and that's the problem.