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Reporter Took Orders from Hillary Clinton’s Staff, Down to Specific Adjective

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    A newly revealed email exchange shows a reporter for a major political magazine agreeing to use the exact word suggested by a member of Hillary’s staff to write positive coverage of her speech.
    The email exchange between the Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder and Hillary Clinton’s aide at the State Department, Philippe Reines, took place in 2009. It was published Tuesday byGawker.

    Ambinder wrote to Reines asking for an advance copy of a speech Hillary was set to deliver to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Reines replied that he would make the speech available on three conditions:

    1) You in your own voice describe them as “muscular”

    2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys — from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross — will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something

    3) You don’t say you were blackmailed!

    Ambinder immediately responded, “got it.” As promised, Ambinder wrote coverage of the CFR speech which opened:

    When you think of President Obama’s foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL)

  2. Zaac

    Zaac Well-Known Member

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