January 28th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Meek: listen to what Hillary's saying

(CNN) - Florida congressman Kendrick Meek said Monday that Bill Clinton’s words along the campaign trail have been taken out of context.
“The president’s not trying to make news,” Meek told CNN’s Kiran Chetry.  “The real issue is the reporting of what the president is actually saying.”  Adding, the focus needs to go back to Hillary Clinton’s message.
Meek, who is also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, faced controversy surrounding last year’s CBC conference after he and Chairwoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Michigan) invited Hillary Clinton to speak at the annual event. Clinton was the only presidential candidate to get her own forum, fueling anger that the group’s neutrality was being undermined by its chairmen.
The congressman endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president back in June and was named a senior adviser to her campaign.  He is one of five key endorsements for Senator Clinton in Florida including, Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Alcee Hastings and Sen. Bill Nelson, who announced his support Monday.
Florida’s primary is Tuesday, January 29th.
Related: Watch the entire interview with CNN’s Kiran Chetry.

- CNN’s Emily Sherman

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Clinton
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. T. Wals

    CNN is SO biased, it is the Obama News Network. Never a positive word to say about Clinton. Very sickening. I see right through it and will be voting for Hillary. Not all americans can be fooled by the fluff you call news.

    January 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Judy McKissock, Nevada City, California

    I totally agree that CNN AND MSNBC have distorted almost every word that
    Bill Clinton has uttered. When Obama made his "Reagan" statement, I was
    shocked at how it came out--for Reagan and boo Clinton. When
    Obama denied his intent, why didn't CNN and MS replay it over and over and over like they do any time they think the Clintons err. I'm sickened by the bias-–it
    may backfire-I can only hope.

    January 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. marie

    the whole point of this story was the negative aspect of it.
    sad. CNN and every other news source as far as I can tell are doing exactly what they accuse Bill Clinton of doing – they say one thing, but are wanting you to take from it something else. they don't call it a fairytale – they just call it the best in political journalism.

    i don' care if they are for Obama – that 's fine – vote for him please. but please just try and be fair.

    January 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Ginny CA

    Thanks so much to Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek for speaking out. So many of us are so tired and discouraged by the anti-Hillary spin the media has been feeding us. We are sick of having Bill's comments taken out of context and spun to make it appear that he is a racist, "out-of-control", "losing it", etc. Good, honest, unbiased news would be like a breath of fresh air. And we'd love to hear Hillary's message without biased commentators putting their spin on it.

    January 28, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. independent for obama

    People, people give me a break here. Neither Obama or Hillary have cleans hands when it comes to campaigning, or any politician for that matter. Its all cold tactics. Thats politics folks. The media isn't trying to preordain this election, they are just going with the ebb and flow. They gave Hillary good press when she won primaries, same with Obama. With Obama's recent win they are giving him good press again. But if Hillary wins another primary, the good press will go back to her. People this is just one big chess game, that at the moment Obama is winning. But hillary is not checkmated yet. So everyone, Obama and Clinton supporters alike, stop believing blindly in the innocence of these candadates. Lets keep in perspective that they are all politicians. I am picking Obama because I believe he truly has the best chance to bring a bipartisan vision and unity to our government.

    January 28, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Brian

    wow this is great Clintonites are going to watch FOX News over CNN. Right! Perhaps you all should be less biased about the candidates. Hillary is all about "experience" which means more "partisan politics." It is time for a change!

    Go Obama!

    January 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Dee

    Ha, if you think CNN is biased towards Obama, I'll pray for you. It's almost like people are going for Hillbilly every chance they can get. Would someone please tell me what Hillbilly meant when she said that Lyndon Johnson carried out MLK's dream? I'm thinking she meant to say exactly what she did. She meant to say that MLK was a man of words and Lyndon Johnson was the man of action. She didn't make any claim about John F Kennedy's dream about the moon. Why do you think the Kennedy's supported Obama? They know the deal. Clinton will say and do anything to get elected. She'll even break a promise and campaign in states she promised her party she would not. I'm sure America is not ready for Obama, and Hillbilly will win the nomination, but people keep jumping to her defense. Looking on Yahoo, they always have more picture of her on there than they do of him. The media is biased, alright, but the media is biased towards Hilbilly.

    January 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. carol

    Thank you.

    January 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. True Democrat

    I mean biased against Hillary, not toward Hillary.

    January 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Geri Sacramento

    Save your prayers, Dee. You sound like a real piece of work, referring to Hillary as Hillbilly. At least most of us refer to Obama without turning his name into a cheap shot. By the way, as soon as I saw your references to Hillary as Hillbilly, I stopped reading. You show your ignorant bias in the second sentence and no one is interested in your views after that.

    January 28, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Lightning

    Let's not forget... Florida doesn't matter for the Democrats. Not at all. Not even a little.

    January 28, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Tim

    Good that someone is speaking out about how Bill Clinton's words have been taken out of context to make him seem like he is being racist. These tactic are very low down and it 's good Kendrick Meek said something about it. The Clintons have always been good to all people.

    January 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Joojo

    It is pathetic how the media treats the Clintons.Anderson Cooper, Wolf Bltzer and John King. They discuss HRC with only people who hate the Clintons.It is shameful. HRC will win the nomination no matter what!!!

    January 28, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. Joojo

    It is pathetic how the media treats the Clintons.Anderson Cooper, Wolf Bltzer and John King. They discuss HRC with only people who hate the Clintons.It is shameful. HRC will win the nomination no matter what!!!

    January 28, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. Black Women in Florida for Hillary

    So sweet... President Hillary Clinton '08.

    January 28, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. NYC Democrat

    Sen. Clinton seems to say different things to different audiences, and its often difficult to reconcile what she says on one day with what she says on another. I respected her far more before this campaign than I do today. While she is incredibly capable as a politician, I dont believe she has what it takes to govern by consensus and I fear 4 years under her leadership will leave us even more divided than when we started.

    Best of luck to Senator Obama and God Bless America

    January 29, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. Pat Johnston

    I agree we should boycott CNN and MSNBC.I personally saw first hand Chris Matthews start the race mess. As soon as the was called for Hillary in New Hampshire he had two black guests and immediately started saying that people lied coming out of the polls saying that they voted for O'Bama when in fact they were too embarrased to say they wouldn't vote for a black guy. Even when the poles showed he got the percentage predicted for him, no polling had been done for two days and the women (yeah) got out and voted for her. You surely have noticed they never show Michelle O'Bama's speeches and I can tell you why. She said the meanest thing one woman can say to another.She said that Hillary couldn't run the white house because she couldn't run her own. We aren't stupid Michelle .Just remember what goes around comes around and you will be very sorry that Bill's unfaithfulness was thrown up to Hillary. You will never make me believe that was the way a Christian acts. Go Hillary.This appeared on CNN for a second and was never seen again.

    January 29, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  18. Margarita


    January 29, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  19. glenda

    I've given up on CNN and MSNBC. It is who can say the nastyest thing about the Clintons and build up Obama. You would think after what they did to Al Gore in 2000 and what happened to Kerry in 2004, not to mention the run up to Iraq that the media would try to get it right. I think they want someone they can control. Either Obama who has to follow Hillary to see when to clap and how to vote or Romney who hasn't met a business he doesn't like. The American people are just pawns in the game and all the Obamaiacs are playing right along. Can't say anything bad about their guy, that's called racism. Sleazy dealings with an indicted 17 year friend Rezko – just look the other way folks, nothing here. Throw Alice Palmer under the bus – hey she got in my way. Write an autobiography before ever doing anything – what's that called? How about audacity of my own greatness. It is time to look at this guy but instead we are playing along with the same sad tear down the Clintons cause its just so easy. America needs to take a good long look in the mirror at our inability to see when we are being played. And the "progressives" on the blogs are now some of the worst. All the good objective reporting has gone out and it has become the land of personal destruction so we can have more of the same. We as a country deserve the type of leaders we are getting if we don't fight back and take back our airwaves. Al Gore was right to stay out.

    January 29, 2008 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  20. anonymous

    I agree with a majority of the comments regarding pro-Obama reporting on CNN and MSNBC. I have started turning to ABCNEWS and even FOXNEWS who seems to give all the candidates some positive reporting. CNN is really getting disgusting!!!!

    January 29, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. Walt, Belton, TX

    Kendrick Meek's new book should be called "The Selling of America."

    January 29, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  22. Amy in Cincy

    Please tell me how Bill Clinton comparing Obama's victory in S. Carolina to Jesse Jackon's is taken out of context...

    The American public has heard Clinton's over the top remarks and feels he has crossed the line repeatedly. The good people of South Carlolina sent that message loud and clear.

    January 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. MrDrunkenFox

    Bing Crosby's Horse Hasn't Come In Yet!

    January 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Jack Berkeley, CA

    Democrats disenfranchise the voters in MI and FL and penalize them for the sins of their state party honchos. And then the demwits wonder why they lose the general elections?! duh... When the party ignores the voices of their base they end up fielding candidates like Kerry!!

    GORE WON FL and had he been man enough to demand a REVOTE rather than the endless charade of recounting and interpreting the hanging chads, America would never be in this mess.

    Obama advocates for change, yet solicits endorsements from the likes of Senator Kennedy and Kerry who is still trying to bail out his own row boat after being sunk by the GOP Swift boaters!!

    If we can borrow the ABC Obama fans crayons, we'll draw a picture for them = imagine the tabloid headlines which would read: Obama takes campaign money from long time pal Tony Rezko in return for political favors. (Remember the full front page screaming GORE LIAR LIAR which was planted by a confessed GOP operative in 2000?!)

    As the "poster boy of the new breed of non-loyal politicians" Obama needs to do the Democratic party a favor and declare his candidacy as an Independent and run with Bloomberg. That way everyone will have a candidate which they can support! AND then the media can fight over which one gets to be annointed and finally crowned President 😦

    January 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Nerakami

    If the focus should go back to Hillary's message then Bill Clinton should shut up. How much more simple is it than that? If people are re-acting then obviously there is something, whatever it is.. within his words that is making people uncomfortable and no one can dismiss these feelings. In addition, there is something wrong when most of the attention is being given to Bill over Hillary. Does that mean Hillary doesn't have the magnetism or the inspiration to attract people's focus? All these things add up...

    January 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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