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NYT Defends Hillary – From Own Reporters

From ABC News:

Helping or Hurting Hillary?

The New York Times Ran a Review Trashing Its Own Reporters’ Biography of Clinton

June 7, 2007

Like any couple in a co-dependent relationship, politicians and the press are constantly fussing and fighting, but at the end of the day, they make sure to kiss and make up.

But the tangled relationship between Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and The New York Times is a little more complicated than that…

Both politicos and journalists were buzzing Wednesday about the paper’s less-than-glowing review of “Her Way,” a new Clinton biography by two of the Times’ star reporters, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.

“The book is almost uniformly negative and overly focused on what they consider the Clintons’ scandalous past and the darker aspects of Mrs. Clinton’s personality,” wrote presidential historian Robert Dallek. In the second paragraph of his review, he quotes a Clinton spokesman complaining that the biography is “nothing more than cash for rehash.”

The harshness of the review was accentuated by its placement alongside a positive review of “A Woman in Charge,” a competing Clinton biography by Carl Bernstein, the legendary Washington Post reporter.

And the authors weren’t pleased, claiming that Dallek didn’t understand their book. “I didn’t have a problem with the headline,” noted Gerth, who worked at the paper for 30 years before leaving last year. “I think there’s a disconnect between the judgment of the editors and Professor Dallek. The editors chose to excerpt it and put 8,000 words in the Sunday magazine. … It’s an investigative biography. It’s not meant to be the definitive historical look back at her life and career.” …

Of course we had already reported on this peculiar phenomenon from the Washington Post, when they trashed their star reporter Carl Bernstein’s epic on Mrs. Bill Clinton.

But it is quite telling when it is so obvious that even ABC News notices.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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