My father spent his career in the newspaper business. He used to laugh when a politician picked a fight with his paper's editorial department. He would look at me and repeat an old truth, "you never get in a public argument with somebody who buys ink by the tanker car and increases circulation every time there is a controversy."
Yesterday the Clinton campaign let it be known that they ginned up the David Schuster story to take a shot across Chris Matthews' bow. Huffington Post is reporting this morning that Chris has hit back hard on the MSNBC show Morning Joe. The money line: "(Hillary's)campaign slogan right now is don't get your hopes up." He went on "That won't work in America. You can't diminish Obama and hope that you will rise from the ashes." He concluded:
Her press relations are lousy," he said. "If all you do is intimidate and punish and claim you'll get even relentlessly, people of all kinds of politicians -- and in all fairness, the press -- human reaction to intimidation is screw you. That's the human reaction. Don't tell me what to say, and that has been their whole policy. We're going to win this thing. Get out of the way."Huffington has the video.
I don't know about the corporate executives at NBC, but if my dad were still alive he would be loving this spat.