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Hillary Clinton Acknowledges She’ll Have to ‘Work on’ Media Expectations

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnShe’s already provided ample cable news fodder for months, and today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged she might need to reexamine her media outlook.

In an interview with NPR’s “On Point,” Clinton responded to former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson‘s criticism in a POLITICO interview. Abramson said Clinton is “incredibly unrealistic about journalists,” expecting too much loyalty.

“I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that I do sometimes expect perhaps more than I should,” Clinton said about her relationship with the media. “And I’ll have to work on my expectations, but I had an excellent relationship with the State Department press that followed me for four years and enjoyed working with them, and whatever I do in the future, I look forward to having the same kind of opportunities.”

Clinton recently had ample opportunity to work on her interview skills ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run. Her “Hard Choices” book tour included interviews with ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN, and Comedy Central.

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‘Pimped Out’ Returns. New Clinton Book Details Old Cable News Firestorm

shuster“Clinton Inc.,” another new book about the former, and perhaps future, White House occupants dredges up a cable news moment that regular readers of this site will recall.

In February 2008, as the Democratic primary for president was heating up, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster waded into the debate about the Clinton family dynamic and how it plays out on the campaign trail. “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?,” Shuster asked.

That line set off a firestorm from the Clinton camp to the highest levels of NBC and even its corporate parent at the time. Politico reports on an excerpt from the book by Daniel Halper:

According to a source close to the situation, the Clintons called people on the board of NBC’s parent company General Electric to say, “Well, this is outrageous, how NBC News and MSNBC are handling this, and we need to do something about it.” Before long, GE’s chairman Jeffrey Immelt was on the phone with Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal at the time, and (former NBC News president) Steve Capus asking, “What the hell is going on over there? Why are my board members talking about the reporter, and why is your reporter referring to Chelsea as a prostitute?”

Shuster was suspended for the remark. His employment with MSNBC came to an abrupt end in April 2010 when it was revealed that he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN. Shuster had been with MSNBC since 2002 following a six-year run at Fox News Channel. He is now an anchor with Al Jazeera America. Ironically, Chelsea Clinton would go on to work as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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Political Journos Repeat Claims Rather Than Check Facts

TwitterCongressA new International Journal of Press/Politics study finds that during the 2012 presidential campaign, political journalists opted to repeat presidential candidates’ claims rather than challenge them.

The Poynter Institute reports on the findings today, which combed through 430 journalists’ tweets during presidential debates, examining whether they merely repeated candidates’ claims or fact-checked them.

They found that 60 percent of the journalist tweets “reflected traditional practices of ‘professional’ objectivity: stenography—simply passing along a claim made by a politician—and ‘he said, she said’ repetition of a politician’s claims and his opponent’s counterclaim. Journalists largely repeated the claims and statement of candidates, rather that check or challenge them. In the end, 15 percent of the tweets reflected the traditional fact-checking approach. These tweets saw journalists “referencing evidence for or against the claim and, in a few cases, rendering an explicit judgment about the validity of the claim. The data showed that checking was done more frequently by those in the data set who identified themselves as commentators rather than reporters. This again suggests that traditional notions of objectivity may be a factor.”

Last year, we spoke with ABC’s Jonathan Karl about leveraging social media in his reporting. “You gotta use it, but you gotta use it in doses,” he said. Watch the video after the jump.

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Jon Stewart Tries to Get Hillary Clinton to Declare Candidacy for President

Jon Stewart began his interview with Hillary Clinton last night asking a few questions around the edges, hoping to get her to announce she’s running for president:

“Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?… Do you have a shape for that office?… do you like corners?… Do you prefer to sit in traffic or cause it?”

Clinton says she’s gotten used to the constant criticism, having been in he public eye for nearly a quarter century.

To that, Stewart said, looking inward, “It’s just these talking heads, sitting around, picking out every little thing, making fun of it. It’s just not right.”

Part II after the jump…

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Hillary Clinton to Appear on ‘The Daily Show’

clintonThe cable news portion of Hillary Clinton‘s book tour ended a few weeks ago, but the former Secretary of State isn’t finished yet. She’ll appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tomorrow.

A few weeks ago, Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News for dubbing their Clinton interviews as exclusives on the same day. In tomorrow’s interview, it’s likely Stewart will ask the presumptive presidential candidate for her thoughts on one of his favorite comedy targets—cable news.

Clinton has previously given her take on one of broadcast news’ big platforms. “Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she said while testifying on Capitol Hill last year. “There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.”

Brian Williams Makes Sex Joke on ‘Nightly News’

On “Nightly News” last night, Brian Williams reported on a baby boom going on in Washington, DC, which happens to coincide with the government shutdown 9 months ago.

“How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people,” Williams said. “We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.” And he did. WATCH:

(h/t Newsblues)

Glenn Beck: Hillary Clinton Will ‘Pay the Price’ for Pres. Obama’s Treatment of Press

GlennBeck304Glenn Beck predicts that if Hillary Clinton runs for president, she’ll face a tough road to the White House thanks to President Obama.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration…not by the American people, but by the press,” Beck said on TheBlaze TV today. He added that the press feels “betrayed” by the Obama administration, but is “too deeply in bed” with them to take action.

“I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes,” Beck said about the press. “I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

Jay Carney Reflects on Fireworks With Reporters

jay carneyJust a few weeks after stepping down as White House press secretary, Jay Carney reflects on his three years in the role in a Q+A with The New York Times Magazine. Carney — who says he doesn’t know what’s next but won’t be going back to journalism full-time — talks about what it was like to stand at the podium after many years on the other side:

Were you surprised at times how tense things could get with your former colleagues? Sure. It can be surreal at the podium when you go down that front row and you have an exchange with one of the reporters in which there’s very emotional — maybe even theatrical — presentation and back and forth, and then you go to the next reporter and you have the same thing, as if the first one didn’t happen at all. You begin to wonder how valuable a service to the nation that is in the end.

Do people in the first row like to showboat? If you look at the difference in tenor between the on-camera briefings and the on-the-record-but-off-camera gaggles, it’s night and day.

Would you have fought with yourself? Probably a little bit.

CNN Correspondent Questions Josh Earnest About White House Gender Pay Gap

KosinskiCNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this afternoon over whether the Obama administration is practicing what it preaches regarding America’s gender pay gap.

“It keeps coming up repeatedly that the metric the White House cites for there being a gap nationwide is also there at the White House,” Kosinski said before Earnest interrupted her.

He pointed out that the statistic the White House cites is women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, but at the White House, its 88 cents on the dollar. “So,” Earnest said, “the White House is doing appreciably better than the country is more broadly, but we still have a lot of work to do at the White House.”

Kosinski followed up asking if the White House should be using the averages to examine the pay gap. Earnest pointed out that there are many ways to evaluate whether workers are receiving equal pay for equal work. He noted two Obama advisers of different genders but the same position earn identical salaries: Dan Pfeiffer and Valerie Jarrett.

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(h/t RNC Research)

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Which Anchor Watched the World Cup Game With the President on Air Force One?

On the heels of his announcement as ABC News’ chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos is interviewing the President today as he embarks on his first “day in the life” visit in Minnesota. The interview is taking place in Minneapolis, but Stephanopolous got in a few soccer questions while watching the US-Germany game with the President on Air Force One:

“GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski is traveling with Stephanopoulos for the interview, which airs tomorrow on “GMA” and Sunday on “This Week.”

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