Hillary Clinton's long-awaited book “What Happened,” which gives her side of the 2016 presidential election, was released on Tuesday, and as a result, more and more excerpts are making their way online. One takes aim at a somewhat unexpected target: The New York Times.
The Washington Examiner reports that Clinton rips the paper of record for “shoddy reporting” on the scandal arising from her use of a private email server for government business as secretary of state, even calling its approach “schizophrenic.”
“Over the years, going all the way back to the Whitewater inquisition, it's seemed as if many of those in charge of political coverage at the New York Times have viewed me with hostility and skepticism,” she wrote. “As a result, a lot of journalists see their job as exposing the devious machinations of the Clinton Machine.”
Noting that she has read the Times daily for 40 years, Clinton writes that “The Times has by no means been the only — or even the worst — offender, but its treatment has stung the most" because of her fondness for the outlet. ”[W]e're talking about one of the most important news sources in the world — the paper that often sets the tone for everyone else."
“Which means, I think, that it should hold itself to the highest standard,” she added. Since the paper endorsed her while covering the email scandal in a way that she deemed unsatisfactory, Clinton said that “To me, the paper's approach felt schizophrenic.”
“I suppose this mini-rant guarantees that my book will receive a rip-her-to-shreds review in the Times, but history will agree that this coverage affected the outcome of the election,” Clinton wrote, adding that “I had to get this off my chest!” She appears to have been wrong on that front, though some may take the review more positively or negatively than others will.