I wanted to
ignore Bob Somerby's continued attacks on me. But his new one today
is so tendentious and misinformed that I can't hold my tongue. Today Somerby says that over the weekend on Reliable Sources
I "finally acknowledged" that one of Gore's major problems in 2000 was the press corps' deep antipathy to him.
"Thereâs only one problem with Marshallâs statement," writes Somerby, "he didnât say a word in real time, when voters deservedâindeed, neededâto be told." I'm only saying it now, says Somerby, not before or during the election when it would have counted.
I don't want to clutter these pages any more with this inanity. But for anyone who wants proof that Somerby is either wildly misinformed or deeply tendentious (I suspect the former) please peruse this article about the press's deep antipathy for Gore which I wrote during the Democratic National Convention in August 2000 (The American Prospect, cover date: Sept. 11th, 2000 Volume 11, Issue 20).