Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Trying to keep perspective on Hillary

Hillary Clinton is only my third favorite of the top three Democratic candidates, but I have to keep reminding myself that she's countless miles ahead in quality for any realistic Republican nominee.

It's hard for me to keep this perspective in mind though when I see articles about how she and Bill used their power to kill a negative story about her (Bill refused to cooperate with a GQ cover story about him if the criticism went through). This throwing weight around to kill stories, for reasons that are unrelated to whether the stories are accurate, does not speak well to playing by ethical rules.

GQ deserves the lion's share of the blame for selling out whatever journalistic integrity they had, though. And it's not as if Bill Clinton is some un-photographed, un-interviewed mystery guy. They could've done the story about him without his cooperation, but the marginal value of a special cover photograph was greater than their journalistic integrity.

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