By James E. Mueller

Tag Teaming the clicking, James Mueller's full of life account of the evolution of the click family members of invoice and Hillary Clinton, spans the interval that starts with the couple's earliest pupil political activism within the sixties and keeps via Hillary's run for the White condo in 2008. dependent mostly on interviews with the reporters who lined them, the booklet explains how the main strong political couple in the USA realized to deal with the media-an essential ability for the twenty first Century flesh presser.

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Were her activities mainly political or social or symbolic? Should the scandals that dogged her be written off as dubious political intrigue or treated as subjects for serious investigative reporting? ”51 In the end, Hillary’s press coverage varied depending upon how she was involved in the news. If she was involved in scandal stories, she got the Watergate treatment. When she was involved in more traditional first lady duties, like entertaining, she got the lifestyle treatment. Because of her intense involvement in her husband’s career, she seemed to get more of the former than the latter.

He not only wanted to give me an expedient answer, he wanted to give me the right answer. He wanted me to have the right information, and the result of that is, and I think all . . all my colleagues who spent much time with Clinton know that his ability, his sort of desire to want to please you, really pays dividends. ”4 Bob Steel, who covered Clinton as a television reporter in Arkansas, agreed that Clinton makes people feel special by focusing on them. ” Steel saw Clinton at an event for former Arkansas governors and was amazed that Clinton remembered his name.

Hillary’s relationship with Starr illustrates that she knows how to work the press when she wants to. Hillary can be every bit as solicitous of reporters as the most conscientiously charming of politicians. Bill Clinton served reporters ice cream on his campaign plane in 1992,48 and George W. 49 Hillary has also shown herself to be adept at other accommodating gestures. A New York cover profile of Hillary started with a description of the senator jumping out of her van in heavy West Village traffic and dashing to the interview with Secret Service agents scrambling to keep up, all so she wouldn’t stand up the interviewer.

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