Skip to comments.Hillary to New York Times: Back Off
Posted on 06/04/2014 3:24:38 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell
Some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides blasted the New York Times for what they said was unfair coverage of the former first lady during a recent secret meeting with the paper’s Washington bureau, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Sources said the meeting included Clinton advisers Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, as well as Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan and national political reporter Amy Chozick, who has been on the Clinton beat for the paper.
During the closed-door gathering, Clinton aides reportedly griped about the paper’s coverage of the potential 2016 candidate, arguing that Clinton has left public office and not be subjected to harsh scrutiny, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
Neither the Times nor the Clinton camp would discuss on the record specifics. However, sources familiar with the meeting describe it as an attempt to brush back and even intimidate the staff of the Times. The sometimes fraught relationship between Clinton and the press has been well documented.
“We are not going to comment,” said a Times spokesperson when contacted by the Free Beacon.
Reines and another spokesperson for Clinton did not respond to request for comment.
Chozick’s recent reporting includes a story last month that suggested a family feud was brewing between the Clintons and Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.
Margolies lost her Democratic primary bid for U.S. Congress in late May, and the Times reported that Hillary Clinton’s conspicuous absence from the campaign had rankled some Margolies allies.
In April, the Times also reported on Clinton’s difficulty defining her accomplishments at the State Department.
Clinton’s allies have been harshly critical of media coverage of the 2016 presidential frontrunner even as the former secretary of State continues her string of high-profile and highly lucrative speaking appearances and prepares to launch a cross-country book tour next week to promote her new memoir Hard Choices.
Clinton visited Colorado this week to give public speeches and tour local factories, in what the Denver Post reported, “had all the trappings of a campaign visit.”
A group of close Clinton aides, including Reines and former Obama adviser Tommy Vietor, have joined forces to help navigate the messaging campaign for the memoir, Politico reported last week.
The former secretary of state will sit down with Diane Sawyer on June 9 for her first TV interview about Hard Choices, kicking off a nationwide excursion that will include stops in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Later this month, Clinton is scheduled to participate in a “network televised town hall” moderated by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Politico reported.
And she is slated to return to Colorado at the end of June for a high-profile conference hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative, which will draw political heavyweights and top Democratic funders.
A group of well-funded pro-Clinton super PACs staffed by some of her closest allies has also started laying the groundwork for a potential 2016 campaign.
The Times, which tossed overboard its first female editor last month, is owned by the Sulzberger family, who some have accused of sexism, and by the Mexican oligarch Carlos Slim.
We already know that Hillary Clinton is extremely ruthless. Greater attention should be paid to her animosity even to the left-leaning press.
A common characteristic of the great 20th century dictators was the importance they placed on public image. The conventional American media image of Adolph Hitler as a buffoon was highly misleading, as typified by Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcvjoWOwnn4 , or perhaps better by Spike Jones' "Der Führer's Face" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MReV9dkAVhY
The true media profile of Hitler was that he was an extremely effective propagandist, nearly to the extent of something like "The Mule" in Isaac Azimov's "The Foundation Trilogy", a nearly psychic manipulator of public opinion. A dedicated sci-fi story that explored the issue of Hitler's extreme public relations effectiveness is Murray Leinster's "The Leader" http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23612/23612-h/23612-h.htm .
Media Studies guru Marshall McLuhan used Hitler's extreme effectiveness in the use of the then-new medium of the public address/loudspeaker system to demonstrate the power of media to influence public opinion.
When Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote his apocalyptic "The Lord of the World" in 1907 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14021 , he could conceive of the Vatican being destroyed by aircraft ("volors", flyers), but he was unable to envision public address loudspeakers when he has the Anti-Christ, Julian Felsenburgh address crowds at "Paul's House" (St. Paul's Cathedral) in London. Felsenburgh emerges as the despot's dream, a propagandistic paragon, single-handedly turning the civilized world to obey his slightest whim by force of personality, rabid mob devotion.
Young and old lady lumps fest, the mark of a Hillary sit-down. The only thing missing was the Pellicano enforcer.
Geez Louise, is Hillary a big baby or what?????
She’s supposedly so rough and tough. Will handle 3 am phone calls and deal with a crisis. Against this backdrop, she is whining about some bad coverage in the media???? Really?????
She’s tough enough to be president, but not tough enough to handle the New York Times criticism??????
We also have a right to opine upon and criticize any politician, Your Thighness.
Marjory Margolies Mezvinski belong in prison for the fraud, self enriching charity she runs which uses government grant money to fund her lifestyle. At least Ed was honest enough to be a bonafide criminal.
Oh yes, and notice to the right of her “15 AMAZING WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD!”
A secret meeting with the press. Say that out loud a few times. “A secret meeting with the press.” Since she’s out of office she shouldn’t be subject to scrutiny? But she has never been out of the public eye. Doesn’t that make her an object of scrutiny? I mean, my goodness, just this list of awards and honors says she’s not only a public figure, but a radiant light of the western world.
Certainly somebody with this much publicity can’t possibly complain when people write articles about her. Can she?
I always thought they should do away with waterboarding and use that speech instead to get terrorists to talk. Imagine listening to that for 24 hours straight.
I think that’s a deck chair not a walker but that is the first thing that springs to mind. I don’t think she will appreciate the image that conveys. LOL
One playing of it and I’d give up my mother. And make up some stuff about her.
Between the damage she has wreaked, and the questionable motives behind the incompetent actions, there are a lot of questions I'd like answered. I'm sure there are many others with similar desires, and even more questions.
Marshall McLuhan predicted something very much like the internet (WWW). I wonder what his take would be on our tightly controlled MSM and the anarchy of the internet. How much longer can the government allow the relative freedom of expression of the internet to persist?
For heavens sake, it’s a patio chair - not a walker. I can’t stand her any more than the next person, but get it right.
Yes, and if it’s a lawn chair, she appears to be holding for “dear life” onto it!
I got a kick out of the title above her head, “She needs to shed some weight”, but speaking of Kardashion.
Photo shopped on the People cover was her fit figure. No way was that a current photo without trimming her heft considerably.
Fire up the waaambulance someone’s about to call “whine one one”
I mean that was the stuff of the Bill Clinton campaign.
Eh, granny, ya gonna run for presydent? Better sit down and rest up a bit first.