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.
Looks like she is using a walker, though. Wonder how that slipped through?
PS i know it isn’t a walker, but the visual is similar.
Translation of the meeting:
Notice to the NYSlimes from Billary: You WILL participate as one of the virtual media arms of the Billary campaign, pro bono, or if Billary becomes POTUS you’ll be persona non grata with the WH.
Haha! That was good.
How can she write both sides of this pice?
if she is out of the spotlight, then she would NOT be eligible for the democratic presidency nomination, and - if she were in the spotlight -how can she defend getting a secret meeting with HER press corpse ?
Of course they will. Now Republicans ....???
NYTimes recently did a puff piece on Jeb - so much more “well-read” and “intellectually curious” than his brother. Huh? NYTimes ready to dump Hillary?
No. They want Jeb vs Cuomo
I agree. Say what you want about Hillary, but with the recent speculation about the state of her health, she wouldn't be stupid enough to allow herself to be photographed for the cover of a major national magazine using a walker. Think about it: they've obviously airbrushed her wrinkles away for this photo - why would they have a walker in the shot?
I agree. They should leave her alone to the same degree that that they left Sarah Palin alone. No more, no less. Oh, and her family too.
It lôoked to me like the ladder in a swimming pool.
“Shes tough enough to be president, but not tough enough to handle the New York Times criticism??????”
She should be home baking cookies IMHO.
You forgot the accompanying slowly rising hysterical voice during the delivery of that paragraph, so as to be shouting at the end.
The Hitler School of Effective Rhetoric?
“Clinton has left public office ... “
That’s the test? If a Democrat can bail from the Obama train wreck without having been indicted, then she’s home-free?
That would pretty much be any criminal graduate, ‘08-’14, wouldn’t it—from Holder to Lerner to Clinton?
And that’s not counting all the senior executives who perjured themselves, or crimes not yet committed due to the complete lack of civil or criminal responsibility by Obamanites for their actions.
Nice little paper you have here. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.
I get to this part and my head just explodes. If one is leaving public office to run for another public office, how does that insulate one from 'scrutiny'?
I'd think she'd be more comfortable hanging with Teresa, eating gin-soaked raisins.
Preferable, in Mozambique.
Well, it's hard for the most accomplished spin-meister to makeanything out of her time at State.
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