By: Joe Strupp
Senator: ‘In General, the Papers Do a Fair Job’
WASHINGTON – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) declined a
chance to criticize the press that has spent nearly a decade
probing her actions and her husband’s presidency.
“I have long since given up trying to understand the coverage I
receive because there is really nothing I can do about it,”
Clinton told a standing-room-only crowd at the American Society
of Newspaper Editors conference here. “On balance and in general,
the papers do a fair job. But I think it’s impossible to fully
capture every human being.”
Following a prepared speech in which she urged opposition to
President George W. Bush’s proposed tax cut, Clinton took
questions from editors on issues ranging from the drug war, which
she said “we are not winning,” to the recent bankruptcy bill. But
when asked to assess press coverage of herself or politics in
general, Clinton punted. “It’s up to the editors and journalists
to assess,” she claimed. “It’s got to be their decision.”
Joe Strupp (email@example.com) is an associate editor for E&P.
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