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Abramson: Hillary ‘Unrealistic’ About Journalists, Expects You in Her Corner

Fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been giving interviews left and right this week, opening up about her firing and her views on the “secretive” Obama administration. But in an interview with POLITICO out today, Abramson shares an interesting anecdote about how Hillary Clinton views the press.

Clinton recently admitted to Jon Stewart she’s not particularly crazy about the media scrutiny of her, but she has been doing quite a lot of interviews. And in fact, as Abramson explained, Clinton used to be “friendly and very helpful as a source.”

But then, she says, their relationship “cooled” after Clinton became First Lady. Abramson claims Clinton has a pretty strong view of how the press should act.

“Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists. She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

And it should really come as no surprise that Clinton doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with the press.

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