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Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be ‘100 Percent In Her Corner,’ Especially Women

by | Jul 21, 2014


By Tim Graham

Jill Abramson, former New York Times editor

Jill Abramson, former New York Times editor

In May, Politico’s reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary’s hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president…The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.”

In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the press to be “100 percent in her corner,” especially if you’re female:

Hillary Clinton, whom she met in 1978, while Bill Clinton was running for governor. At the time, Abramson found her to be friendly and very helpful as a source. But once Hillary became first lady, their relationship cooled. “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists,” Abramson told me. “She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

[Politico said the “single biggest factor holding Clinton back” from running is] a “rapacious, shallow and sometimes downright sexist national press corps acting as enablers for her enemies on the right.” [W]e protest by recalling the avalanche of pro-Hillary pap she’s received over the last 22 years. You could spend hours looking at the worst of it. See our Hillary-boosting highlights of 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000…. and so on, and so on….

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