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Former ABC Anchor Carole Simpson Endorses Hillary [from the woman who brought us 'Ponytail Guy']
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 10/17/2007 10:47:30 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

It took 15 years to become official, but Carole Simpson has now confirmed what we always suspected: she's a Clinton backer. Readers will recall that during the 1992 campaign, the then ABC News anchor moderated a presidential debate in which she made life uncomfortable for George 41, notably with her snide "who would like to begin, the education president?" poke.

According to this Boston Globe article, back in 2003 Simpson was "eased out" of her anchor chair in favor of Elizabeth Vargas. Simpson has now taken a teaching position at Emerson College in Boston, and last night turned up at a Clinton campaign stop in Salem, New Hampshire, where she proceeded to endorse Hillary's presidential bid. Here's how "First Read," a frequently-updated analysis of the day's political news from the NBC News political unit, reported it [emphasis added]:

Here's a fascinating endorsement for Clinton. Former ABC News veteran Carole Simpson surprised the campaign last night when she showed up in New Hampshire to endorse her, according to NBC/NJ's Athena Jones. “For 40 years I’ve been a journalist, and I have covered our national leaders from Lyndon Johnson to President George W. Bush,” said Simpson, who was there with her class. “I endorse you for president of the United States. It’s very freeing now that I’m not a journalist, that I’m able to speak my own mind and free expression, but I just wanted you to know that I had a dream that before I died I would see a woman as president of the United States. I think you are the woman and I think this is the time.”

“That means a lot to me, Carole,” Clinton said. “Thank you very much.”
Veterans of the 1992 Clinton campaign will recall that Simpson was the moderator of the now-infamous town hall debate between Bill Clinton-Bush-Perot, in which Bush was criticized for looking at his watch. During that debate, Simpson was particularly tough on Bush to the chagrin of the Bush campaign and other Republicans.
Well, this is refreshing: a former leading MSMer endorsing a Dem presidential candidate. But why should members of the liberal media wait to be "eased out" before letting their Dem flags fly? Why not convene a major TV special, simulcast on all the broadcast networks plus MSNBC and CNN, say a week or so before the Iowa caucuses, in which all the anchors, reporters and "correspondents" from the leading MSM outlets were brought together and given the opportunity to endorse their favorite Dem candidates? Just a thought.

Aside: it was that same Richmond debate moderated by Simpson that brought us the famous "ponytail guy," the fellow Rush has had so much fun with over the years who entreated the candidates to "treat us as your children."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; abcnews; carolesimpson; clintonista; democratscandals; hillary; mediabias; ponytailguy

1 posted on 10/17/2007 10:47:33 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gee, I’m surprised. :-|


2 posted on 10/17/2007 10:49:03 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Her daughter is a doctor here in Boston.

I'm SHOCKED, SHOCKED that Ms. Simpson would back Hillary, SHOCKED I tell ya!

3 posted on 10/17/2007 10:50:27 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She looks stupid also.


4 posted on 10/17/2007 10:50:48 AM PDT by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’d say she wants to be the first African American Press Secretary in future Clinton administration.

That said, who DIDN’T KNOW who this woman supported for fifteen years on television?


5 posted on 10/17/2007 10:50:56 AM PDT by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Vote Hillary - the unanimous choice of vacuous Liberal newsreaders!"

(...and vote often.)

6 posted on 10/17/2007 10:51:18 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
ABC Political Director Mark Halperin Memo Dated Friday October 8, 2004

It goes without saying that the stakes are getting very high for the country and the campaigns - and our responsibilities become quite grave I do not want to set off (sp?) and endless colloquy that none of us have time for today - nor do I want to stifle one. Please respond if you feel you can advance the discussion.

The New York Times (Nagourney/Stevenson) and Howard Fineman on the web both make the same point today: the current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions and taking things out of context in a way that goes beyond what Kerry has done.

Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win.

We have a responsibility to hold both sides accountable to the public interest, but that doesn't mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides "equally" accountable when the facts don't warrant that.

I'm sure many of you have this week felt the stepped up Bush efforts to complain about our coverage. This is all part of their efforts to get away with as much as possible with the stepped up, renewed efforts to win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions.

It's up to Kerry to defend himself, of course. But as one of the few news organizations with the skill and strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates are saying to serve the public interest. Now is the time for all of us to step up and do that right.


7 posted on 10/17/2007 10:51:28 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

8 posted on 10/17/2007 10:53:11 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: theDentist

Bucking for WH spokeslady spot in the next Clintoon Administration.


9 posted on 10/17/2007 10:54:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Carole Simpson, the former ABC anchor who brought us Ponytail Guy, has publicly endorsed Hillary. Ping to Today show list.


10 posted on 10/17/2007 10:54:33 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: bmwcyle
She looks stupid also.

A pompous, sh•t-for-brains...

11 posted on 10/17/2007 10:55:42 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: johnny7

OMG, she is teaching? God help us.


12 posted on 10/17/2007 10:58:26 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ABC News anchor Carole Simpson to Bill Clinton:
"You’ve got the big plane, you’ve got the big house, you’ve got the cars, the protection. Aren’t you going to suffer great post-partum depression after you leave office?"....

Simpson to Clinton while inside Arkansas tomato factory:
"I have to bask in this moment, for a moment, because I am here talking to the most powerful man on the planet, who was a poor boy from Arkansas..."

Clinton, cutting her off:
"A place like this."

Simpson:
"Place like this. I am an African-American woman, grew up working class on the south side of Chicago, and this is a pretty special moment for me to be here talking to you. How does it feel talking to me? That I made it, too, when people said I wouldn’t be able to?"

-- From Simpson’s taped interview with President Clinton, on ABC’s World News Tonight/Sunday, November 7.

http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/bestof/1999/best13-15.asp

13 posted on 10/17/2007 11:00:22 AM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Journalistic professionalism went out with Watergate.


14 posted on 10/17/2007 11:03:30 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"It’s very freeing now that I’m not a journalist, that I’m able to speak my own mind and free expression,"

Funniest darn thing I've read all day!

15 posted on 10/17/2007 11:04:28 AM PDT by sweet_diane (“He only became a Republican after he began to get all these jobs from them,” said Helen Giuliani)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Simpson, who sang “Happy Days are here Again” with Phil Donahue, on his show, the day after Clinton’s election in Nov., 1992, is and has been a shill and a media ho.


16 posted on 10/17/2007 11:05:53 AM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: sweet_diane

Yet none other than Mr Bush his own self thanked her at the end of that debate and complimented her on being so fair. Like his son, that civility is part of the problem, I think.


17 posted on 10/17/2007 11:06:39 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

How tragic!

She suffers from the same pigment destructive disease as Michael Jackson.

While it affected his nose, it only seems to have gotten into her hair.

18 posted on 10/17/2007 11:11:11 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
She had the most irritating voice in all of television. It was a raspy, harsh voice that my wife would not tolerate and it always caused her to pick up the remote and change channels.

When she would say her name on the air, it sounded like she was verbally reprimanding her entire audience.

I have no idea how this vile sounding woman (according to the consulting services, voice/audio is 70% of how the average viewer rates the people who show up on their 'tube')

There had to be a mountain of political correctness that allowed her to get that job.

19 posted on 10/17/2007 11:16:06 AM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ho-hum Dog Bites Man headline: “Dirtbag Media Skank Endorses Hillary Rodham Satan”


20 posted on 10/17/2007 11:19:59 AM PDT by quark
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To: theDentist

LOL!


21 posted on 10/17/2007 11:20:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: capt. norm

“I have no idea how this vile sounding woman (according to the consulting services, voice/audio is 70% of how the average viewer rates the people who show up on their ‘tube’)”

I’ve always wondered how Barb Walters ever managed to get into that job. Her “R’s” come out like “awes”. I think she must have done pewsonal favows fow Waltew Cwonkite back in the day or something.


22 posted on 10/17/2007 11:35:00 AM PDT by Into the Vortex
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wow, that’s SO shocking.

Next, you’ll be telling me that many actors are actually very immoral people.


23 posted on 10/17/2007 11:36:18 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The only thing I remember about Simpson is her inability to pronounce Nicaragua.

Every single time she pronounced it, it came out NE-CORE-A-GU-A, stress on all syllables at two second intervals.


24 posted on 10/17/2007 11:41:44 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I remember Carole Simpson. She’s a biased leftist with a speech impediment, and she loves it on the liberal plantation.


25 posted on 10/17/2007 11:45:47 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: donna

Sigh! I remember that slobbering interview of Bill Clinton. It was an embarassment.


26 posted on 10/17/2007 12:19:49 PM PDT by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I kind of forgot about her and the pony-tailed guy - poster-boy for Clinton as Rush Limbaugh would put it. I hated her NY nasal voice as well. This also reminds me of Cokie Roberts as well. Couldn't stand her either. A Connecticut elitist b**** who always wanted a new Volvo every year. Cannot forget Connie Chung, go riddance when she got fired.

Seeing Carol Simpson brought back a lot of bad memories...... Ugh !!!!
27 posted on 10/17/2007 12:25:11 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This Lame Sream Media has to be destroyed - sooner than thru maturation. Every one of these hack socialists need to be taken to task.


28 posted on 10/17/2007 12:33:13 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Why not convene a major TV special, simulcast on all the broadcast networks plus MSNBC and CNN, say a week or so before the Iowa caucuses, in which all the anchors, reporters and "correspondents" from the leading MSM outlets were brought together and given the opportunity to endorse their favorite Dem candidates?

Because it would be redundant - they do it every day.

29 posted on 10/17/2007 1:03:21 PM PDT by jim-x (God help America survive its enemies within.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

OK, what was the deal with the ponytail guy? Was he the one who asked a stupid question about “we are your children” or some such nonsense?


30 posted on 10/17/2007 1:08:43 PM PDT by Marathoner
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To: Marathoner

Yes, he wanted the candidates “to treat as your children.”


31 posted on 10/17/2007 1:17:10 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...
Readers will recall that during the 1992 campaign, the then ABC News anchor moderated a presidential debate in which she made life uncomfortable for George 41, notably with her snide "who would like to begin, the education president?" poke.
That's a mighty crowded closet, no wonder she emerged.
32 posted on 10/17/2007 1:23:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, October 16, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gee, Carole Simpson is a kool-aid drinking lib? I sure am surprised. Actually I’m willing to bet that ninetyfive percent of all females holding positions in the mainstream media are hardcore, fanatic, libs.


33 posted on 10/18/2007 7:41:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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