That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
No other presidential candidate has been more upfront about media coverage than John Edwards. He’s complained about Fox News coverage of his campaign and of Democrats in general. And today, he’s introducing a new web feature, “Media Perception vs. Real Reality,” that takes issue with his campaign being all but ignored since the Iowa caucus.
In introducing the video, the campaign says, “Even after beating one of the celebrity candidates in Iowa (hint, it was Hillary Clinton), the media focused on two. Even after poll after poll show competitive races in Nevada, South Carolina, and other states, the media focuses on two.
“Well, the reality is that there are 3 candidates, but only one who will fight to save the middle class and has led the field with the boldest agenda for change – John Edwards.”
Their video, “What About John?” shows clips of the excessive concentration on Cliinton and Obama, even after Tuesday’s presidential debate in which some pundits and a Frank Luntz focus group declared Edwards the winner.
Barack’s Night: The early word is that some 600 people attended a fund-raiser for Barack Obama last night at the Pacific Palisades home of portfolio manager David Fisher and his wife, Marianna. Space wass tight, and the campaign was (understandbly) trying to trim the guest list with a priority for the $2,300-per-person donors. An estimated $800,000 was raised, according to a campaign source, although those figures tend to change in the days after an event as money is counted. Among those on the host committee were Sony’s Michael Lynton and his wife, Jamie, as well as Irena and Mike Medavoy and Kelly Meyer. The guest list of industry and financial types also included Lili and Richard Zanuck, who have primarily given to Republican candidates in recent cycles.
Johnson Apology: BET founder Robert Johnson apologized to Barack Obama over statements he made earlier this week that seemed to infer Obama’s past admissions of drug use. “In my zeal to support Senator Clinton, I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail.”
Hill Force One: Hillary Clinton inaugurates her press plane by taking on the role of flight attendant.
More Huck & Chuck: Joining Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris on the South Carolina campaign trail today: World Wrestling champion Ric Flair. They also will be out again on Friday.
Hillary’s California Ad: Hillary Clinton debuted her first California spot today, “Voices.”
Here’s the transcript:
“In this troubled economy…
“How can so many millions of people…simply not be heard?
“Well, I hear you.
“You’re asking for healthcare that covers everyone.
“Protection from losing your home
“You would like to fill your tank without draining your wallet
“And give your kids the future they deserve
“If I am your president, I will bring more than 35 years of experience
to the White House.
“I will bring your voice.”
“I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.”
Colbert’s Portrait: His presidential campaign didn’t get anywhere, but Stephen Colbert is immortalized in the National Portrait Gallery (right).
Bill Defends Lawsuit: Bill Clinton had a contentious exchange with a Bay Area reporter who on Wednesday asked him about the lawsuit filed that challenges Nevada’s plans for “casino” caucuses on Saturday. Update: A U.S. District court judge dismissed the caucus challenge.