Hillary's campaign kills negative GQ story

Ah, the independent press. . . Ben Smith reports for The Politico:

Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president learned that the men’s magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland.

So Clinton’s aides pulled a page from the book of Hollywood publicists and offered GQ a stark choice: Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton.

Despite internal protests, GQ editor Jim Nelson met the Clinton campaign’s demands, which had been delivered by Bill Clinton’s spokesman, Jay Carson, several sources familiar with the conversations said.

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There’s nothing unusual about providing extra access to candidates to reporters seen as sympathetic, and cutting off those seen as hostile to a campaign.

The 2004 Bush campaign banned a New York Times reporter from Vice President Dick Cheney’s jet, and Sen. Barack Obama briefly barred Fox News’s Carl Cameron from campaign travel.

But a retreat of the sort GQ is alleged to have made is unusual, particularly as part of what sources described as a barely veiled transaction of editorial leverage for access.

Read the whole article at the link above. It may seem a trivial type of story to try to kill – political campaigns invariably have some “infighting” at some point – but remember this was going to run earlier this year, at a time when Barack Obama was racking up record fundraising numbers and Hillary’s coronation seemed in jeopardy. The last thing they needed was for potential donors to hear about internal trouble in the campaign.

And – they didn’t. All GQ’s missing is the beret

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