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The Clinton-GQ messPosted Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at 9:48 AM
As much as I wouldn't have believed it possible, it seems that both the Clintons and GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly) Magazine have reached new lows.
Apparently, a reporter with GQ magazine was working on a story that would have gone in-depth about the fighting within Hillary's campaign.
When Hillary learned of this she decided to handle it the way all politicians handle bad news...with threats.
It appears that Hillary's aides order GQ to "Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton."
As everyone should expect, GQ buckled and did exactly what they were asked to do.
My beef here is that we're talking about journalists. Who should principals and have the guts to stand up to someone when it means getting information out to the people who really need it.
Of course Hillary was unhappy. No one wants to see themselves smeared in the news, but what if we were talking about Kenneth Lay or even Guiliani.
Do you think they would have handled it the same? Certainly not.
As a journalist you have a duty to your readers. If a child molester (or his family) came in and asked us to please not continue covering his case we certainly wouldn't stop.
That's the job.
What do you think?
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