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."

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  1. CAROLYN

    THANK YOU FOR A HONEST ARTICLE ON HILLARY CLINTON. I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR SOME ONE WHO SUPPORTS HER HAVING THE COURAGE TO SPEAK TO WHAT IS EVIL. I AM NOT SAYING HILLARY IS EVIL, HOWEVER, USING ANY REFERENCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, TO MAKE A POINT IS JUST LOW.

    April 23, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  2. Dr. AmyJai Knowles

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all? And, the Mirror replies, "Try as hard as you can, but Omaba remains the Nation's man." Now let's move on to the true business of the day.

    April 23, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. Ron

    Wow you would think that Hillary won but she can't beat Obama. Frankly she doesn't make sense. It is about time we changed for the better and I agree with kathy on this issue. Obama is a fresh and energetic candidate who would go the distance. He is very diverse. Hillary might be college educated with some experience but that is only because her hubby is helping her out, and you would think he was running instead of Hillary. Don't care how much experience you have or what family you came from the american people need an african american president. We need to show the world that americans can change and vote for someone who will not do what Clinton suggests, like her war mongering comment about going to war if Iran hits Isreal. At least Obama isn't like the "OLE hats" as Clinton and MCCAIN!I know Obama can win because he can turn out more younger population and lets face it the youn ger generation decides our country future so good bye to the older generation like Clinton & MCCain.

    April 23, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. Richard Ward (ex-pat), Paris, France

    So it seems that we will have to get used to the idea of President McCain for 4 years. What a shame! We had no one to blame but ourselves for the elections in 2004 but in 2008 we will have no one to blame but self-centered, power hungry politicians.

    April 23, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. lol

    all of us "bitter" people in PA sent obama a message and that is drop out of the race, hillary is smarter, tougher, and offers solutions. obama outspent her again, and still lost by double digits, he can't carry big must win states. wake up dnc, hillary can beat mccain, obama can't.

    April 23, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  6. NoBama

    "The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday..."

    Huh??? How is winning a state by 10 points an "inconclusive result"?

    Remember, this is from the paper that printed a pandering, dishonest story above the fold allegeding an affair John McCain had with a lobbyist.

    And they call Clinton negative?

    Keep losing subscribers and money NY Times.

    April 23, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. Andrea

    A big disappointment for me in this election, aside from the lack of objectivity on the part of some "journalists", is the call for halting the democratic process. Neither democratic candidate has won the number of delegates yet to secure the nomination. We as a nation must be mature enough to allow the process to conclude. Let each vote count. We know what happened in 2000 when democracy was subverted. This is not an election for high school president, folks. Please grow up.

    April 23, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  8. Chip- Ont Canada

    Only in America...LOL

    April 23, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. Miguel

    The NY Times is right on. Clinton has a win at all costs strategy. The strategy appears to be to undermine Obama for this election so that she has another shot at it in 4 years. Despite winning in Pennsylvania (a place she should have won by a landslide, since she has deep roots here), she is no closer to the nomination now than she was before the PA primary. The democratic nominee will be Barack Obama, and she is using tactics right out of the Republican playbook. From a practical standpoint, the General election has already begun, and Obama is running against two Republicans.

    April 23, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  10. Maryann

    You are completely ridiculous CNN; your so-called “best political panel” last night was stumbling as usual when Clinton wins, it’s shameful that you are selling out your viewers/American voters. It’s childish that a station like CNN cannot give credit where credit is due! Senator Clinton WON BUY DOUBLE DIGITS! Outstanding after all the months of bashing YOU HAVE DONE and the 12million dollars Obama spent on negative politics and STILL OBAMA LOST BIG! THAT’S THE NEWS!!! How can you continue to claim you’re the best political news when it obvious to viewers and the public that your not, your clearly one sided with your continued coronation of a man who openly supports white hate and refuses to explain why he surrounds himself with those who hate Americans and you push him to be the President of our great but troubled country. You are risking our country’s security! Stop the stupid biased pushing of Obama, you have lost credibility with viewers, it’s very apparent that you are on Obama payroll.
    DEMOCRATES NEED CLINTON, OBAMA WOULD MOST CERTINALLY LOSE IN A GENERAL ELECTION

    GO HILLARY!

    April 23, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. rj

    i think everyone sees that she's negative. even the polls in PA showed that people thought she was way more negative than Obama. I think the Chief KKK member of PA, Ed Rendell, called it when he said White People in PA would never vote for a Black President. So, obviously if they think she's more negative but still vote for her, it must be because they can't vote for a Black person and she was the only other option. I think the media is biased toward Clinton because if she gets in they know they're guaranteed four more years of scandals which is what keeps them in business.

    April 23, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  12. not a superdelegate

    So Hillary won, but look how low she had to go to get her win.
    Her conduct has been shameful.
    I prefer Obama.

    April 23, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  13. Joe S.

    Look what's happened.

    McCain will be our next president.

    This extended primary has damaged both Democratic candidates to the point that neither will be able to beat McCain in the Fall.

    This is a sad day for the Democrats.

    And nothing can be done about it at this point. The damage is done.

    Thank you Hillary Clinton.

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  14. justjoe

    Over ninety percent of blacks voted for Obama and over 70 percent of whites voted for Clinton. Are we afraid to say this has become a contest about race. Perhaps I did the Bill Clinton thing. Do you think it might also be a gender thing?
    After last night's thrashing, if she did the "right" thing and got out today, Obama would not stand a chance. She would be see as too big a "man" and he vanquished.

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  15. Kevin

    I have to agree with mark on that one. Old,poor, racist, uneducated, white people love hillary.

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  16. Amal, Bahrain

    Looks like America forgot about everyone OUTSIDE the US who looks up to your 'democratic' ways. Is your system broken? Do you not see genuine anymore?

    All you have are scare tactics and endless threats. What have we learnt since dubya threatened Saddam? Now Hilary with Iran? Where will the WOMD be next? Venezuella? or god forbid your new nemisis China?

    Obama has a point, reek havoc in a region that supplies your oil, prices will go up! I am still waiting for the day that Americans show gratitude for those of us on this side of the world that are eternally in love with anything American... Want ur shares of Citigroup or Merril back anyone??

    What would we know though, even with an American accent, American clothing, American car, still have a lot to learn on American politics, and your need to elect those who manipulate the press.

    PS Obama (or Clinton) has yet to mention that his Revrend counceled the Clintons after their marital problems in the White House. He didnt mention it in the debate because he has integrity. Make the educated choice!

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  17. Rick

    Interesting posts today. I live in PA and am ashamed Clinton won. But I have to admit that the reason she won had everything to do with race. All you have to do is listen to the remarks of Govenor Rendell who said in Feb, that PA is not ready to vote for a Black man. He is right. Very sad we do not have more progressive minded individuals living in this state. The "outspent" remark by Clinton is stupid – if she had the money she would have used it to saturate the airwaves with her hate. I think the money Obama spent was well worth it to cut her lead from the 25 point advantage down to the final 9.4% she got. The arguement that she has won all the major states is misplaced. Look at the polls today and see that Obama is leading McCain in CA and NY will never vote republican. Texas was so close, and I think so many who voted for Clinton have since wished they hadn't, that I think Obama can put that in play for the dems. I do not think this changes anything. Will Clinton get major donations from this after winning so few delegates? With the odds stacked so much much in Obama's favor, why not flush the cash down the toilet rather than donating it to Clinton. Clinton in is 2012 mode right now. She is trying to ensure Obama will fail in November so she is ready to try this again in 2012. The people who are following her blindly, and would rather see McCain in the White House better not have young kids – in case he brings back the draft to support his Iraq war.

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. story

    as newspaper said this morning
    obama´s army media
    it is disgrace
    it looks like
    a lot of the media
    is on hussein´s payroll
    1.- media has been bias
    2.-media has not done the job.of lletting people know who this guys is & that is what journalism should be about
    3.-if one gets sick;one wants to go at least to a certified physician, NOT TO A MEDICAL STUDENT, well with hussein the same , this fast race smell really bad,he has not been a politician enough to be a president, he came in the senate monday, & tuesday he was running x president, sort of speak

    April 23, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  19. ESTHER

    OKAY, YOU HILLARY HATE-MONGERS, YOU STILL DON'T GET IT? EVEN WITH CLINTON'S LAST 3 LARGE STATE WINS AND YOU STILL DON'T ADMIT SHE IS A WINNER? SHAME ON YOU!

    HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY THINK THAT A FRESHMAN SENATOR WHO HAS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE LESS THAN 3 YEARS IS READY TO BE PRESIDENT? OBAMA STARTED CAMPAIGNING 3 WEEKS AFTER BEING ELECTED SENATOR. HAHA....WHAT A GUY... HE REMINDS ME OF A TODDLER WHO WANTS THE LATEST TOY.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES!

    GO HILLARY CLINTON...YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES!!!

    April 23, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  20. marshall

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL ASHAMED TO BE CALLED a pennsylvanian !
    I'M GLAD THE YOUNGER GENERATION HAS MOVED BEYOND THE COLOR DIVISIONS.
    HILLARY ALWAYS WAS GOOD AT PRAYING ON A PERSONS WEAKNESS. Hillary cares about one thing and it's not "THE PEOPLE"
    it's going in the history books as the first woman president ,
    PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up........

    April 23, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  21. Khan-Canada

    Is negetivity the hall mark of American democracy? I compliment the NY Times for a somehwat honest article. I fear for Americans who believe that Hillary's visits to foreign countries constitute to foreign policy expereince? What did she negotiate. If she ever wins the nomination, the democrats will be loosers!! This is the kind of campaign that turns off non Americans as well. Its difficult to look up to the US after seeing their democracy in action. Its all about power,money, lies,fabrication,deciet,accustaions!! Wow, what a country. The democratic party has done more harm to their candidates then they will ever know by allowing such nonsense.

    April 23, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  22. FEDUP

    I still don't know who Obama is? I don't trust him, that I do know. I cannot believe he spent 20 years in that hateful church and never heard or was influenced by that type of anti-American sentiments. don't understand what he means by change? Change what? This isn't like moving your furniture around. If you have people like Kennedy and Kerry leading you around, how is this change? Doesn't every candidate profess change? We will change who lives in the White House, that's a given. We will elect a new President, thank God. We will not change the way the wheels turn in Washington. We do need a person who knows which wheels to grease and how. We need Hillary Clinton. You can not just talk to your enemys, you must have a plan. You must carry a big stick.

    April 23, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  23. Kim

    You don't have to wonder if Hillary is the come back kid. I think last night proved it. People are finally starting to wake up and elect our next president on experience not popularity. This is a real job it is not fun and games. You go Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  24. jph

    Unfortunately we are going to end up with another republican president. Obamma can't win the general and Clinton can't win the nomination. I believe this is for two reasons. One the leadership of the party has failed and two the media herds us like sheep through the process. Our only hope is to go to the convention and look to someone else. My suggestion would be Joe Biden.

    April 23, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  25. Shay

    I think that this whole election is a big farce! And we will find out how much of a farce it really is if Hillary comes away with the democratic nomination. I think that Hillary's whole campaign is a huge discredit to women and to the democratic party. That is why they have failed to put a presidential candidate in office for the last FEW years. I am a Republican who really does want CHANGE and HOPE; and that is why I voted for Obama. To me, he is the only candidate that keeps me from wanting to drive off of a bridge. It is a shame that this country is too naive and too color struck to see what this man has to offer. Perhaps, it is America's downfall...maybe it speaks to the beginning of an end...I tell you what any ELECTION that can literally mutilate a PASTOR to a point that he has to go into hiding cannot possibly be a good thing!

    April 23, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
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