Editor’s Note – The Main Stream Media once again proves it is in the bag for Hillary, and in a most shameful manner. She opened her speech at the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting ceremony.
The Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting is designed to keep alive the flame of quality, fact-based political journalism that Robin Toner, the late national political correspondent of The New York Times, so cherished and at which she excelled – coverage that illuminates the electoral process, reveals the politics of policy and engages the public in democracy.
How ironic is it that she tries to offer an “olive branch” to the media who are already quite disposed eating olives from that branch since the 1990’s? In a shameless attempt to “move forward,” and mend her media fences, no one challenged her:
Hillary Clinton opened her speech to a room full of political reporters by acknowledging an awkward, if obvious, fact: she’s not known for being media-friendly. But Monday night, she also pledged to make a change.
“I am well aware that some of you may be a little surprised to see me here tonight,” she said. “My relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated.”
The former secretary of State spoke at the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting ceremony, and her address was part olive branch—and part not-so-subtle suggestions about the need for “serious” and “substantive” journalism going forward.
“I am all about new beginnings: a new grandchild, another new hairstyle, a new email account,” she quipped, “Why not a new relationship with the press? So here goes. No more secrecy. No more zone of privacy.” (She then joked that ceremony attendees could find non-disclosure agreements under their chairs.) (Read more at the National Journal.)
She speaks of new beginnings, but isn’t that what we heard so often in the past? Don’t look at that kerfuffle you heard about, just report how we are forging ahead is a common theme of the Clintons. But to ask for “serious and substantive reporting?”
We do have that only in very short supply for sure with the MSM, but thanks to real journalists like Megyn Kelly and her crew, there would have been no need for this extension of the olive branch once again – no one really would have known or cared about some crazy “right-wing conspiracy” over an email server – how yesterday was that?
Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting…gag! Please read on, it gets worse:
REPORTS: MSM Reporters give Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she takes no questions, jokes about email scandal
On Monday evening, mainstream media reporters reportedly gave Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she joked about her private email scandal and took no questions from the press–at an event honoring excellence in journalism.
According to a National Journal report, Clinton took no questions after her 20-minute speech in Washington, D.C., which prompted the Washington Post‘s Dan Balz, who won this year’s Robin Toner award for excellence in political reporting, to reportedly make Clinton an offer: “I am happy to yield my time back to you if you want to take some questions.” Time reported that “Clinton received a standing ovation” anyway “from the journalist-heavy crowd.”
In her speech, Clinton reportedly cracked jokes about her email scandal, saying she was “all about new beginnings. A new grandchild. A new hairstyle. A new email account. A new relationship with the press. No more secrecy, no more zone of privacy… After all what good did that do for me?”
“Before I go any further, if you look under your chairs, you’ll find a simple non-disclosure agreement. My attorneys drew it up,” she reportedly quipped.
After claiming her “relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated,” Clinton, according to CBS News, “challenged the journalists in the room to be thorough and measured.
“We need more than ever smart, fair-minded journalists to challenge our assumptions, push us towards new solutions, and hold all of us accountable,” she reportedly told mainstream media reporters who notoriously protect Democrats like Clinton.