April 23rd, 2008
10:26 AM ET
11 years ago

NY Times slams Clinton's 'negativity'

 Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

(CNN) - Fresh off her victory in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton is facing a stinging rebuke of her campaign tactics from her hometown paper, The New York Times.

In the paper's Wednesday edition, the editorial board which endorsed Clinton's White House bid earlier this year says the New York senator's "negativity" is doing "harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election."

"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it," the board writes.

The paper finds fault in Clinton's latest campaign ad, which includes an image of Osama bin Laden, and asks, "Who do you think has what it takes?"

"Mrs Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11," they write, adding that it is a tactic that is "torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook."

"Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning," the editorial also states. "She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama."

The paper also says Barack Obama deserves some of the blame for the negative tone. "He is increasingly rising to Mrs. Clinton’s bait, undercutting his own claims that he is offering a higher more inclusive form of politics."

But the editorial makes clear the paper thinks most of the blames lies with Clinton. "If she is ever to have a hope of persuading [superdelegates] to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs."

soundoff (917 Responses)
  1. Bill W - PA

    With 97% reported, it looks like she stands to gain 3 whole delegates.
    So what did she really win?

    Again, I am sorry that so many in my state are so stupid.

    April 22, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. NObama

    NY TIMES IS JUST TRYING TO PLAY FAIR SINCE THEY ENDORSED SENATOR CLINTON...

    BUT THEY KNOW, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE....

    MR. OBAMA'S "HOPE & CHANGE" IS JUST A FARCE
    THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN SPENT MILLION$ & MILLION$ (IN SOME CASES 4 TO 1 ON NEGATIVE ATTACKS AGAINST HILLARY....

    ....AND WHAT HAPPENED?

    HILLARY WON !!!!!

    INDIANA
    4
    HILLARY

    April 22, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. D. Stevenson

    Get over it CNN -Hillary Clinton has won by double digits. She is in. Remember what you said. DOUBLE DIGITS DOES It!! i AM NOW DONATING MY MONEY HER WAY!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  4. Jay in Kansas

    CNN just can't wait to spin it.. she WON. Stop trying to bring her down!

    Help wanted/ Experience required

    PS.. did you know there are entire courses on diplomacy? Foreign experience is a must for ANY president. Treaties aren't negotiated on "hope and change"

    April 22, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. mjaber

    Go New York Times!!!!!!!!!!!
    You have a point, Clinton is very negative...

    April 22, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. ALL THE WAY HILLARY!

    NY Times..... YOU missed the boat on your accusations. OBAMA spent 12million on ads, and he put his best foot forward and WE IN PA said NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, so stick your negative-spin to bed.

    PS. your paper blows. The media is what is NEGATIVE and the republicans will KILL OBAMA if he is elected.

    April 22, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Ron R

    Her own state knows what Hillary is all about...WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    April 22, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Texican

    WOW, the Liberal Media couldn't wait to slam Our First Lady.
    Wonder what she did to piss them off. Maybe they regret all the money they have put on Obama and have nothing to show for it.

    April 22, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. SLO Bear

    I'm going to start buying the New York Times again. Superdelegates should show similar backbone.

    April 22, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. Average Joe

    WEll written. It seems that all see can think about is beating Obama and not look ahead to the GE. All spin. All lies. An the press loves it as well.

    April 22, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Noah

    They did, and they are wrong...but CNN, they also had tough words for Obama, so why is that not the headline. I am so sick of the media,Obama supporters and the internet in general. Nothing but spin, with hypocrites around every corner.

    Congrats Senator Clinton. Amazing victory..Guess 12 million could not buy PA.

    April 22, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. DemocracyNow2008

    Clinton is the Dog and the Dogs around her are vicious.

    Her whole campaign has been negative and her supporters follow her lead into the Trash can and Gutter Politics.

    I hope the good people of Indiana and North Carolina really give to Clinton and like a Wrestling match knock her out once and for all.

    The New York Times got it right .

    To bad they endorsed such a Liar and vicious person for President.

    Clinton needs to be put in the Dog Pound .

    Obama Yes We can 08

    April 22, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. Truthteller

    Man, that pantsuit is almost as unflattering as her character.

    April 22, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. CHI

    We just made more donation to Hillary again.

    I wonder how much NOBAMA paid to NY Times for today's editorial asking Hillary to dropout.

    Shame on you NYT. This is why I don't subscribe NYT.

    NOBAMA is so bitter loosing PA... I think he is clinging to his "GUN" and religion (getting advise from Rev Wright).

    Go Hillary.....

    April 22, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. After further review,Texas

    Shes a disgrace.She thinks she can get away with it and we will forget by nov. but she is WRONG.

    April 22, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  16. Glenn

    Hillary is a dark symptom in American politics. She attracts voters who place great value in dishonesty, lying, negativity and divisiveness. PA voters proved they were up to the task to sink to her low depths.They have wasted they votes and money on a losing cause in the end.

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Peter Kavanagh

    The New York Times needs to understand that it doesn't matter matter how much destruction they cause to the democratic party .
    All that matters is that they get back into the white house . The rest of the human race serves them and the corporate interests they represent .

    Please Indiana and North Carolina , won't you deliver us from our national nightmare .

    Obama 08 !!!

    Yes We Can !!!

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Fishers IN

    Barack Hussein Obama will never be President of the USA.

    Hillary Clinton '08 & '12

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  19. Paul Mennen

    The New York Times may be right - but guess what? It works!! I can't fault her for using every option available at her disposal. Hey, folks. Politics is a dirty business. She understands more than anyone how dirty politics can be - but Obama thinks this should be a genteel sport.

    If she didn't try every possible thing, I would be disappointed in her. She's the only man in the running.

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. PCS / North Carolina

    Jay in Kansas wrote April 22nd, 2008 11:54 pm ET

    "PS.. did you know there are entire courses on diplomacy? Foreign experience is a must for ANY president. "

    Foreign experience taking sniper fire ?

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Ron R

    The only winners tonight are the news stations. They get what they want which is 2 more weeks of good TV.....what a country!

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. NMT

    I sometimes wonder whether hilary voters are just plain ignorant..how can you not tell a lie, dirty politics, etc when it faces them so so clearly and openly???. How can they not understand integrity. This really buffles me voters.....people would rather support a liar, than a man with integrity???
    I am from Canada and I am shocked at you Americans!!!Bring Obama here....we shalll vote for him!!!!

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Chris Gibson

    Hilary's comment on obliterating Iran shows her complete lack of experience and commonsense. All it would achieve would be no oil for 50 years, increased costs and political instability or did she just misspeak for effect knowing that what she said would never happen because wiser heads would stop her. This is not a person who should ever run a country.

    April 23, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  24. Lewis

    Word up, SLO Bear.

    April 23, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. tired of the stupidity

    and y does the money thing matter so much to everybody. shes broke he s not he can do whatever he wants because he has the means to so what get over it. If she was so great she would have 40 million dollars and be in the lead. lets see how she does every place else.

    April 23, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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