“On June 1, the New York Times published a front-page article titled, ONE PLACE WHERE OBAMA GOES ELBOW TO ELBOW. The feature detailed Barack Obama’s love for pickup basketball, his jersey-tugging style, even the time he hit a long game-winning shot after getting fouled,” Michael Crowley writes in the New Republic.
“The Obama camp clearly welcomed the humanizing glimpse at Obama’s life; his rivals, probably not so much. In an ordinary campaign, that might have been it. But this is no ordinary campaign — not when Hillary Clinton is a candidate. And so, the Clinton team let Times reporter Patrick Healy, who covers the Hillary beat, know about their ‘annoyance’ with the story, as Healy later put it.
“If grumbling about a basketball story seems excessive, it’s also typical of the Clinton media machine. Reporters who have covered the hyper-vigilant campaign say that no detail or editorial spin is too minor to draw a rebuke. Even seasoned political journalists describe reporting on Hillary as a torturous experience,” Mr. Crowley said.
He added: “Despite all the grumbling, however, the press has showered Hillary with strikingly positive coverage. ‘It’s one of the few times I’ve seen journalists respect someone for beating the hell out of them,’ says a veteran Democratic media operative.”