Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hillary and the media

In a New Republic article published yesterday, “Bunker Hillary; Clinton’s strategy for crushing the media,” Michael Crowley writes,
Reporters who have covered the hyper-vigilant campaign say that no detail or
editorial spin is too minor to draw a rebuke. Even seasoned political
journalists describe reporting on Hillary as a torturous experience. Though few
dare offer specifics for the record--"They're too smart," one furtively
confides. "They'll figure out who I am"--privately, they recount excruciating
battles to secure basic facts. Innocent queries are met with deep suspicion.
Only surgically precise questioning yields relevant answers. Hillary's aides
don't hesitate to use access as a blunt instrument, as when they killed off a
negative GQ story on the campaign by threatening to stop cooperating with a
separate Bill Clinton story the magazine had in the works. Reporters' jabs and
errors are long remembered, and no hour is too odd for an angry phone call.
Clinton aides are especially swift to bypass reporters and complain to top
editors. "They're frightening!" says one reporter who has covered Clinton. "They
don't see [reporting] as a healthy part of the process. They view this as a
ruthless kill-or-be-killed game."
Is this really the kind of person we want to run America?

1 comment:

jazzycat said...

I wouldn't want her running a hot dog stand! The bad news is that with Edwards and O'bama it goes further down hill.