May 31st, 2008
10:34 AM ET
15 years ago

Dean slams media coverage as he opens meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Democratic National Committee members at Saturday's meeting."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean had tough words for the media on Saturday, saying that the presidential race had been plagued by "blatantly sexist comments, particularly by some members of the media - and blatantly racist remarks."

"The media will...look for conflict," he told members of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee gathered to resolve the impasse over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations. "They will not talk about your energy and your passion for your candidate, and your enthusiasm."

Supporters of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid have increasingly targeted reporters and other members of the Democratic Party for what they say is unfair treatment of the New York senator because she is a woman. As he spoke, hundreds of Clinton supporters rallied outside to press for the full seating of both the Florida and Michigan delegates.

Dean seemed to direct his comments at these angry voters, many of whom carried signs Saturday that threatened to withhold their vote in November if both states were not seated in full in accordance with the results of their January primaries, as Clinton has urged.

As he stewed over the demise of his own presidential bid in 2004, he recalled, he received a call from Al Gore. Dean said he spent several minutes "ranting and raving" about the way he felt he had been mistreated by the party. He said that Gore responded: "Howard, this is not about you - it's about your country."

"I'm not going to gloss over the challenges of an extended primary," said Dean, who has faced criticism for not weighing in on the conflict early in the process. "We are strong enough to struggle and disagree - and still come together at the end of the day and be united."

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Mighty Blogger, Seattle, Wash

    Wow, Howard Dean gets it now.

    "this is not about you — it's about your country."

    May 31, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. b

    Obama and is supporters are the racists!

    May 31, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. jonathan

    Obama's endless connection to vile Pastors, Priests and Reverends begs the question; if he is all about change and new government and mending the divides, why does he surround himself with childish, inappropriate campaigners and supporters, who every time they open their mouth it is to viciously attack Senator Clinton or the nation as a whole, or if Obama removes them from his campaign then LIES about knowing what they say than how well they know each other, in turn attack him. And this doesn't exclude the quick P.R. switch the brainwashed media has done for Michelle Obama.

    May 31, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Archie H.

    What does Dean have a beef with the liberal media about ? CNN is just one of a vast array of arms for the Democrat party!

    May 31, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    Howard Dean is a complete fool. He and his little elites think they can do as they please to fix the election for their canidate. The rules they put in place and showing their biases have convinced me that even though I have voted democrat in the past , I will not tolerate Nancy peolosi, Harry Reed and this committee to tell me my vote doesn't count and it is really up to them who is nominated. I will vote republican for the rest of my life if this fiasco prevails.If howard Dean had any guts he would have interveened a long time ago before this situation got out of control. Put a conservative democrat in charge instead of a weak kneed liberal and this situation would have been resolved. Maybe after this election they will get rid of the nut. I doubt it though. He played the game with the far left liberal part of the party and will suffer no consquences even though they will lose the presidential race and some congressional seats they could have won.

    May 31, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. akg

    Dean is pretending to be angry with sexist comments of media.
    He is late no he is really late but he is not-so-closet supporter of BO so that explains his silence over media bias against HRC

    May 31, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. California for Obama

    Howard Dean you do what you feel you must do. Do NOT let these Clinton bullies make you do anything you feel is not right. If these people want to vote for McPuppet or stay home-SO BE IT! I am personally tired of all the childish and immature threats. Those of you who chose to vote as republicans-you will have no one to blame but yourself. Just remember should HRC stick her head out in '2012 and try to run WE will remember you and hold her supporters accountable as she will NOT even get as far as she has now. I will personally guarantee it. I will campaign every chance I get AGAINST her.

    May 31, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. John

    Howard Dean is a lightweight and should be fired. His imcompetency has caused the trouble the party's in now. He always finds someone else to blame. YAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

    May 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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