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Hillary Clinton’s Publicist Defends Himself for a Change

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Philippe Reines is not easily amused, and he’s definitely not too fond of the jokers at BuzzFeed.

Yet, given the insidious rumor that his boss Hillary Clinton might just run for president in 2016, he could become the best-known publicist in Washington over the next 30-and-change months. Reines’s recent New York magazine profile is well worth a look—if only because he seems to disprove many of the stereotypes that interviewer Reid Cherlin and thousands of others held about him.

Despite being described as the “longtime keeper of Hillary Clinton’s image“, earning the deputy assistant secretary for strategic communications title, and founding his own advisory firm called Beacon Global Strategies, he doesn’t seem to take his job too seriously.

Some takeaways after the jump.

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Hillary Clinton Spokesperson Responds to BuzzFeed’s ‘Inane’ Questions with Poop Jokes

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Is inane really the right word here?

So have you heard about Hillary Clinton recently? Get used to it.

Today the Most Important Story concerns her official spokesman Philippe Reines‘ decision to take a break from his ongoing “whose name is funniest” feud with RNC chairman Reince Priebus and reaffirm the fact that he does not much care for The Buzz Feed or reporters contained therein!

This little aside came about after everyone on Twitter shared the most important revelation to emerge from Clinton’s recent “I may or may not be running for President” tours: she hasn’t driven a car since 1996.

(This is where you express genuine surprise.)

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CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Biopic

Not impressed.

The minute CNN announced that it would be producing a film version of Hillary Clinton‘s career, critics pounced on the move as evidence of the network spinning its wheels on behalf of the former Secretary of State and all-but-certain presidential candidate. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus went so far as to cite the doc, along with NBC’s planned miniseries, when calling on his party to boycott both networks in 2016 due to “obvious bias.”

Now they might not have that problem. This morning the film’s would-be director Charles Ferguson, best known for his financial industry doc Inside Job, announced via The Huffington Post that the project is officially kaputt. He cited a lack of cooperation on the part of Clinton’s media team as the main reason for his decision.

Seems HC’s publicist phoned the director the day after he signed the contract to ask some probing questions; “media fixer” Philippe Reines followed by grilling various CNN executives about possible “conflicts of interest” on the for-profit movie before leaking his concerns to Politico. No word on whether he told Wolf Blizter to “f*ck off and have a good life.

In short, the team agreed with Reince’s conclusion and vetoed participation in the project in order to minimize the inevitable “lamestream media carries water for Clinton” critiques. The HuffPo story has more salacious details about Ferguson’s meeting with Bill, whom he calls “a really good actor” (that’s not a compliment).

Don’t worry, though: NBC’s miniseries is still on, meaning The Daily Beast will have plenty of time to figure out whether Diane Lane is “too sexy” for the role.

Clinton Rep Apologizes for ‘F**k Off’ Remark

Today in We Saw This Coming News: Hillary Clinton spokesperson/angry young man Philippe Reines issued an apology to Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings for including “f**k off” (and other colorful colloquialisms) in a testy email exchange last week.

Speaking to Politico, Reines confirmed that he sent an apology to Hastings two days after the incident, noting that “No matter how strongly you feel about something, there’s a way to make a point,” and cursing the offending reporter out is not it.

Neither party behaved admirably in this story, but we feel safe saying that Reines really should have known better, and we hope Hillary gave him a stern talking-to. (We do know she has the power to do that, because she famously doesn’t take crap from anyone.)

Has the damage been controlled? That’s hard to say.

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Bad PR: Clinton Rep Tells Buzzfeed Reporter to ‘F**k Off’

Today in Bad Media Relations News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s well-named spokesman Philippe Reines—who has served as a State Department official under Clinton since her 2009 appointment–recently told Buzzfeed political reporter and Rolling Stone veteran Michael Hastings to “f**k off” and “have a good life” via email.

What led to this unbecoming outburst? It all began with a series of sharp questions regarding the State Department’s behavior following the recent tragedy at Benghazi and its response to the scandal in which CNN admitted to removing the deceased US Ambassador’s diary from the scene of the crime and using its contents in a later report without the permission of the man’s surviving family members.

The entire exchange was extremely antagonistic on both sides, and it makes for a fascinating mini-case study in media relations. Hastings begins by calling Reines’s public condemnation of CNN “offensive” and unashamedly blames lax State Department security measures for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. So yeah, the tension was quite obvious, even over email, and we weren’t surprised when Hastings described Reines’s official explanations of the Benghazi situation as “bullshit.”

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