It isn’t surprising that media people, once known as reporters, are already cutting Chelsea Clinton slack. For instance, Mike Allen of Politico promised to give Chelsea the kid glove treatment if he was given the opportunity to interview her at a Politico-hosted event. It isn’t astonishing that reporters want to interview high profile people. High profile interviews attract lots of attention and increase readership. While that isn’t surprising, what is surprising are the promises that Allen made in his attempt to secure the interview.
In an email sent to Phillippe Reines, then serving as Hillary’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Allen offered the opportunity of lifetime, saying “This would be a way to send a message during inaugural week: No one besides me would ask her a question, and you and I would agree on them precisely in advance.” If there’s a treatment that’s gentler than kid glove treatment, Allen’s proposal fits that description. The thing is that Allen hadn’t finished buttering up Mr. Reines. Allen then promised Mr. Reines “This would be a relaxed conversation, and our innovative format (like a speedy Playbook Breakfast) always gets heavy social-media pickup. The interview would be ‘no-surprises’: I would work with you on topics, and would start with anything she wants to cover or make news on.”
TRANSLATION: Give us this interview and I’ll help create a flattering image of Chelsea. You’d get the questions in advance. If Chelsea wanted to make news, we can provide that at no extra charge.
Allen didn’t offer to interview her. Allen offered to let the Clintons get favorable press at no risk. There’s little doubt that Allen had noticed that people that treated the Clintons rudely got scorned in the future. The thing is that the Clintons don’t forget a scorning. In 1996, MoveOn.org was created to tell people to move on from Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. MoveOn.org gave the Clintons tons of political cover when they didn’t have many political allies. When Mrs. Clinton ran for the Democratic coronation in 2008, MoveOn.org endorsed Barack Obama. The Clintons didn’t forget. Ed Morrissey’s post reminds people how long the Clintons’ memories are:
After all, they defended the Clintons when they most needed political support; they even took their name from their argument that people should “move on” from the Lewinsky affair — and the perjury and obstruction of justice committed by the President of the United States afterward, natch. Surely that track record should have merited a one-off appearance at their forum, especially since her absence would be all the more provocative considering the presence of Sanders and O’Malley.
Instead, Hillary made it clear that the price for crossing a Clinton is a lifetime of retribution. Perhaps some of her followers should think carefully about that … and there’s little doubt that this is exactly what the Clintons want them to do.
Mike Allen understands that that’s the Clintons’ way. The last thing he wants is to suffer through “a lifetime of retribution” from the Clintons. Add Politico to the list of media outlets (they haven’t earned the right to be called a news outlet.) willing to kiss the Clinton’s…ring. The other charter members of the cabal are George Stephanopoulos and the Clinton News Network, aka CNN.