October 17, 2013

Thursday Hillary Bash - The Clampdown

Control, at a freakish level, is the approach of team Hillary as far as her speaking engagements have gone.  The story is starting in small part to become about the level of control she wants to exert over her appearances rather than what she actually has to say.  She's clamped down on reporting of her events.  Tight control of the message is one thing, being secretive is entirely another.

Via the Washington Post:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) is riding a compelling Hillary Rodham Clinton story. It’s not so much about her quite-possible presidential run. Nor is it about the Clinton family’s foundation. Nor Benghazi. It’s about how Clinton is attempting the impossible: Turning a speech into something approaching an off-the-record occasion.

This morning, the former secretary of state was in Atlanta for a speaking engagement before the National Association of Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS). As the AJC reported yesterday, members of the media were barred from the session. Today it reported that a “cone of silence” had descended on her remarks. “Convention officials banned all video and sound recording, social media, and naturally, journalists,” wrote the AJC’s Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway...

Other sites are already picking up on the AJC’s story, which the newspaper concedes is none too solid: “Hearsay from Hillary Clinton: On Joe Biden and the Osama bin Laden raid,” reads the headline.
The latter paragraph speaks to a story about Hillary apparently bashing her perceived opponent Joe Biden but not wanting the public to hear about it. It's as if she's got a Mitt Romney 43% moment coming for her and she wants to prevent it. If she's not careful, she'll manufacture her own.

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