Hillary Clinton Allies Are Furious at the NY Times For Quoting Advisor’s Mom Against Her Wishes
Former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers and others are furious with The New York Times for publishing a piece in which the mother of ex-Clinton adviser Neera Tanden was quoted in a piece against her wishes.
In a piece which reported that Tanden punched a current Bernie Sanders staffer in the chest, Maya Tanden — the 78-year-old mother of Neera — was quoted as saying that her daughter “can be very aggressive.”
Tanden later shared a statement from her mother:
A statement from my mom, Maya Tanden pic.twitter.com/SlYY4zqQYC
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 16, 2019
The inclusion of Tanden’s mother drew widespread criticism from her ex-Clinton campaign colleagues, as well as others across the political spectrum — including a high-profile Times columnist.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction from ex-Clinton staffers:
The sandbagging of Neera Tanden's mother seems like a good subject for the NYT ombudsman to look into. Does anyone know how to reach the NYT ombudsman?
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 16, 2019
The NYT story on Neera Tanden should never have brought her mom into it. And whether you agree with Neera's views or not, her aggressiveness is one of her biggest strengths and would be lionized if she were a man.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 16, 2019
I’ve worked with Neera. I’ve tangled with Neera. She’s a fierce advocate. She knows criticism comes with strong beliefs.
But duping someone’s mom is the skeeziest stunt a reporter can pull.
The NYT will dig in, but even their toughest reporters are ashamed of their colleagues. https://t.co/QssAMMemVt
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) April 16, 2019
Duping Neera’s mother is pretty cheap. Do better @nytimes. https://t.co/NZJTwy2MSd
— Jess O'Connell (@JessOConnell) April 16, 2019
Completely irresponsible of the @nytimes to call Neera’s mother: an apology is owed. In the meantime, I am grateful for Neera, her loyalty to the Democratic Party and leadership running CAP. Her passion for what she believes is one of her greatest assets. https://t.co/zDjRLMZaNA
— adrienneelrod (@adrienneelrod) April 16, 2019
And here’s a sampling of the reaction from other observers:
I don't care how you feel about Neera Tanden and her politics, but what the @nytimes did to her 80-year old mother was prey on a senior citizen — a well-known favorite target of scammers: https://t.co/tmoBTBqaLK
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) April 16, 2019
The 2016 primary of Bernie vs Hillary never stopped. And the 2020 primary will almost certainly repeat some of the worst dynamics on this web site.
But why in the world does Ken Vogel think Neera Tanden's **mother** is a viable source? https://t.co/Sgsf7IL0pu
— Matt Browner Hamlin (@mattkbh) April 16, 2019
Agree w/the criticism of this NYT story for bluntly quoting Neera Tanden's 78-yr-old mother. Wonder if mom realized it was on record (I doubt it). I may not agree with #NeeraTanden on much politically, but the media needs to be fair to progressives too https://t.co/us7ebp9vT5
— Jerry Markon (@JerryMarkon) April 16, 2019
On the day Elizabeth Warren announced her plan to protect national parks AND Kamala Harris outlined her plan for broad increase in teacher pay, the New York Times published a gossip piece about Neera Tanden’s 80 year-old mother
Never tell me there isn’t sexism in American media.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 16, 2019
this is what happens to liberals like Neera when they, from time to time, accurately criticize NYT journalism—that newsroom is thin-skinned and has a long memory https://t.co/FhJkwFDRMa
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) April 16, 2019
The New York Times Should Apologize to Neera Tanden and Her Mother https://t.co/pzCGgrNuAR pic.twitter.com/V8rwLeJ6Y0
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 16, 2019
Regardless of what you think of Neera Tanden, the @nytimes involving her mom in this story is unacceptable journalism. pic.twitter.com/aFN2veMWKw
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 16, 2019
I agree with Neera Tanden on little-to-nothing of political substance, but dragging her mom into this is gross. She's a civilian. Let her be. https://t.co/fpD5w3qoOS
— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) April 16, 2019
Yeah this is outrageous. However you feel about Neera, this is not responsible coverage, and yes it’s very sexist. https://t.co/KXybDhmin2
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) April 16, 2019
Even a prominent Times columnist criticized the paper:
So it's sad and a bit scary to see @neeratanden getting the Hillary treatment. And yes, I think there's a fair bit of sexism involved too. 3/
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) April 16, 2019
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