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February 09, 2016

In 2009, Hillary Clinton's Press Handler Philip Reines Demanded that Marc Ambinder Describe One of Her Speeches as "Muscular" In Exchange For an Early Transcript Of It

Gawker looks through Hillary's emails and finds why Hillary gets good press -- because she actually blackmails people into it, and then forbids them from saying they were blackmailed.


And no, I'm not making that up -- in the email in which Reines demands that Ambinder characterize her remarks as "muscular" (as well as demanding he note the heavy-hitters she's delivering the speech to, to, I assume, further suggest that Hillary is a Powerfully Strong Woman), his first demand is that Ambinder not say he was "blackmailed" into any of this.

Well, don't take my word for it. Here's the email:


Incredible.

And did Ambinder (then working as the politics director of The Atlantic) deliver?

You bet he did, folks. You bet he did.

Hillary Clinton's "Smart Power" Breaks Through



MARC AMBINDER JUL 15, 2009

When you think of President Obama's foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That's the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Dennis Ross.

Reines specifically demanded that last bit, that Ambinder mention that the staging was not a coincidence, and sent a message.

Ambinder provides his own word -- "clue" -- so, see, he wrote this himself!

He does not mention he was blackmailed into writing precisely these words.

So, she got the trifecta.






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