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September 26, 2003


Julia Grey

Speaking to a NEWSWEEK reporter on the night he announced his candidacy, Clark did not want to let go until he was sure the reporter understood him—not just understood him, but respected him, believed him, appreciated him, liked him. Clark quivered with a desire to please.

This was the NEWSWEEK'S reporter's sense of the man, I understand that. But in what way can we assume that these are the FACTS behind Clark's behavior, whatever it was?

What kind of actions, facial expressions, etc. convey "not wanting to let him go until..." Who is this reporter? Can we know so we can judge how his own personality or history may have colored his reaction to what happened?

This anonymous or deliberately non-informational "eeeuuwing" about Clark (cf. Shelton) is beginning to get on my nerves.

Tell me who you are and exactly what your problem is with the guy. What did Clark SAY, what did Clark DO, and why do you see those things as evidence of characteristic A, B, or C? Be real journalists, be honest brokers. Tell the whole story of your unhappiness with the candidate.

Only then can we feel informed enough to mull over what weight to give to your dislike, distrust, disrespect, whatever your feelings are. If you don't give me more facts about its origins, your opinion is worthless to me.

OUT with it, people!


Well, Gen. Shelton should have said either more, or less.

Anyway, I am back on the "NY Time loves Clark" theme on Saturday.

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