Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential campaign, came clean on Wednesday that the media slants left. However, she went on to claim that this often leads to tougher coverage of Democrats.
Panel moderator Mike Allen of Axios asked Palmieri, “Why is the press so focused on palace intrigue?”
In an exchange flagged earlier today by the Washington Free Beacon, the former Clinton flack replied, in part, by admitting, “I think most journalists are probably leaning more to the left than the right.”
Palmieri continued by pointing out, “Think about the kind of person that’s drawn to do this as a career. You know, they believe in government. They think politics matters. They like it. They find it interesting. They don’t make a lot of money. That doesn’t seem to concern them.”
She continued, however, by emphasizing that “what I’ve found is it means they come after us harder on what I describe as the crap. They come after us harder on the palace intrigue; on the process; on things that really shouldn’t matter.”
Allen then mentioned a conversation that he had with Fleischer and Palmieri, and how the Democrat was “making the point that because of what you think reporters’ natural inclinations are, they’re more likely to be harder on you in general.”
Palmieri confirmed Allen’s account: “I think, in general, they [the press] are.” She cited her experience during the final year of Bill Clinton‘s presidency, when gas prices spiked.
“I said, you know, if President Bush were president, you guys wouldn’t be coming after him on gas prices. And they were like, ‘Well, no, because he’s a Republican. He doesn’t think that he should weigh in and fix gas prices. But you’re Democrats! You’re supposed to solve problems!'”
She added, “I definitely found a different standard in covering Democrats than in covering Republicans. It’s just a different metric that they apply to… Democrats. And I think they come after us harder on both being able to solve a problem; and then, also on process and intrigue.”
You can watch the full panel above (the relevant discussion comes in at the 23-minute mark).
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