January 27th, 2010
05:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton 'deeply resents' criticism of U.S. aid mission

Secretary of State Clinton said Tuesday that she 'deeply resents' of the U.S. aid mission in Haiti.
Secretary of State Clinton said Tuesday that she 'deeply resents' of the U.S. aid mission in Haiti.

Washington (CNN) - The State Department said Tuesday afternoon it had been critical of some news organizations, including al Jazeera and CNN, for their coverage of the U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.

Earlier in the day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she deeply resented some of the news reports on U.S. assistance to Haiti.

"I have absolutely no argument with anyone lodging a legitimate criticism against our country. I think we can learn from that. And we are foolish if we keep our head in the sand and pretend that we can't," Clinton told a town-hall meeting at the State Department, marking her one-year anniversary on the job.

"On the other hand, I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people, and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake. So what we're asking for is that people view us fairly," Clinton said.

Clinton did not single out any particular news agency, saying only "some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued what was a civilian and military response, both of them necessary in order to be able to deliver aid to the Haitians who desperately needed it."

Later her spokesman, P.J. Crowley, in his regular afternoon briefing at the State Department, mentioned both al Jazeera and CNN.

"We have had, I have had, direct conversations with our friends at al Jazeera for example," Crowley said. "We have spent sometime critiquing what we felt was unfair, unbalanced coverage of operations in Haiti. So we have those conversations when we think coverage is unfair. Occasionally we have had those conversations with CNN."

Pressed for more detail of State Department objections to CNN coverage, Crowley said "I'm done on this topic."

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. HR

    Much of the CNN coverage, particularly early on, demonstrated a high degree of ignorance by CNN and the reporters as to the challenges presented by a large scale crisis. CNN reporters dropped-in in cushy helicopters, spending millions to get there, and could not understand why it takes time to organize a Berlin airlift scale effort.

    January 27, 2010 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  2. Steve

    Why anyone would criticize relief efforts of any nation is beyond me. I'm happy to see our government standing up for and behind the efforts of the U.S. government and people.

    January 27, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  3. JP

    Thank God that America has a voice of reason.

    January 27, 2010 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  4. verlie

    Sure, Mrs. Clinton, You have plenty of money and probably never had to worry that if you eat, you cannot pay your bills, or vice versa. With millions of dollars flowing in to Haiti, what is wrong with you??? Can't you even think about the Americans under your nose who are doing without. Coverage by the media should be the least of your worries so apparently this is a personal thing. Just for you. Some of us have a hard time trying to survive living here in America. When are you politicians going to learn this?

    January 27, 2010 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Let's face it. No matter what this administration does or says there will always be does who think not enough is being said.
    I hope these are the same people who didn't think the shrub didn't do enough about Katrina either, because his administration really didn't unlike President Obama's.
    People are giving money and their time. What more do they want?
    Get them Hillary!!

    January 27, 2010 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Let's face it. No matter what this administration does or says there will always be those (oops) who think not enough is being said.
    I hope these are the same people who didn't think the shrub didn't do enough about Katrina either, because his administration really didn't unlike President Obama's.
    People are giving money and their time. What more do they want?
    Get them Hillary!!

    January 27, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. Ain't life strange?

    What do you expect to happen when people, politicians particularly, sow seeds of doubt by calling Washington's reaction to the devastation in Haiti politically motivated. You can call Washington, Wall Street, the Senate and any other institution you want names, but it's the American people who are really beginning to scare me. The hate in their eyes and voices for those with opposing views boarders on uncivilized.

    January 27, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  8. zanny

    Please directly address that bottom feeder – Rush Limbaugh. He said that President Obama would keep the money and use their names for his fund raising list thus discouraging people from donating. That man is crazy The thing that really hurts our country is 24/7 news. In order to fill their time they get a story and beat it to death or make a mountain out of a mole hill.The most offensive is Fox news because they don't care what they say even if it isn't true.

    January 27, 2010 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  9. Jim - Michigan

    I agree, maybe the effort is not as fast as some would like but Haiti has more resources pouring in, the people more food and water then they did before the disaster. The talk about homeless and hungry is stupid, try reporting how many were hungry and homeless prior to the earthquake.

    Besides, America and Obama are pouring so much in, allowing adoptions of orphans at the same time that Americans are going hungry, homeless and millions of kids are in need of homes. We must acknowledge the charity of Clinton and Obama it takes true liberal leadership to ignore the needs of your own citizens and put the needs of Haiti first.

    I heard Clinton announce a stimulus plan for Haiti and Obama's commitment to job development there.

    January 27, 2010 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  10. Janet

    I feel exactly the same way!! I'm glad Hilary spoke out on this because it nauseates me that we have this outpouring of support from the US gov't and people and we are bashed for not doing enough. The news agencies remind me of drug pushers pushing the negative to the addicts and it saddens me.

    January 27, 2010 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  11. sara

    It's about time that this Administration Start to fight back on a lot of unfair attacks, whether it's the state of the economy where were you last year at this time, GDP was in the tank, had been for 4 years, unemployment bleeding jobs at 800 million per month....No, a year later it's not perfect, and it is unrealistic to expect anything short of a miracle....

    January 27, 2010 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  12. whitefences

    Ms Clinton is correct.

    January 27, 2010 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  13. mogallant

    Thanks CNN,

    Perhaps CNN does have a distinct point of view, nonetheless CNN is reporting about Bellerive leaving Haiti for Canada and CNN is letting us know what they are hearing. If Clinton worries that CNN might not be viewing this administration's attempts to aid Haiti in a favorable light, perhaps Clinton could be more forthcoming.

    The 'Friends of Haiti' consisted of the US, Canada and France on behalf of the EU. When we see that the talk was about rebuilding along the "road map" that had been developed back when Aristide was in power you can't help but wonder about the major nations intentions.

    Besides if I were CNN I wouldn't mind being compared to Al jazeera. They offer serious content too.

    January 27, 2010 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What's wrong? It was OK to blast Bush for the slow Katrina response, but not Obozo for Haiti?

    January 27, 2010 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. Jerry

    The USA should have stayed home period, this is exactly what the United Nations is for and why we belong. Granted they would have done much less and been slower but we have to end the crusade and take care of the home front

    January 27, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  16. Dan

    When the president and the secretary and the attorney general criticize the USA and apologize for its action world wide, it is ok? Stop doing it and then demand from others to stop criticizing. Sophisticization of the "view of America" by the elite left is pathetic, and has a lot to do with world leaders increasing their criticism and attacks on America. The average Joe is doing a much better job in understanding the uniqueness of America in this world then our "cocktail party leftist millionaire" leaders!

    January 27, 2010 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  17. ion

    I guess the U.S. should not try to help such countries anymore. You help, and then get blamed for not helping good enough. Help is just help, take it or leave it.

    January 27, 2010 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  18. AEK

    Hummmm...al Jazeera AND that great American Rush Limbaugh. Go figure!

    January 27, 2010 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  19. Kurt

    It's about time. Too bad she didn't bang up the French and Spanish for their recent bs comments. Let's face it, CNN caters to anti-Americanism...even promotes is some cases, and this is one of those instances. Ask yourself this: if not America, then who?

    January 27, 2010 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  20. Jim Hall

    Oh by the way. This two member team that President Obama put together President Bill Clinton and the village idiot. Mrs. Clinton went to Haiti on a military cargo plane full of over 600 gallons of water, medical supplies, food, etc within 3 days after the earthquake hit. Her husband President Bill Clinton and Chelsea flew to Haiti on a Boeing 767 loaded with supplies both in the top of the plane and in the cargo hold. You know what on TV when the plane landed Bill and Chelsea climbed into the cargo hold and unloaded the plane. What a great show of humanitarianism but where is the village idiot (old George) hasn't been seen since that meeting with President Obama. He isn't going down their and get his pinstripe suit dirty. To bad President Obama didn't send down President Carter, or President George Bush Sr, (he can barely walk now) and most of all it is to bad that President Gerald Ford is not with us anymore as he would have been in Haiti. But the village idiot no way (still as useless to society out of office as he was in office) Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    January 27, 2010 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  21. terry88

    We should do the same as they did after Katrina (nothing)

    January 27, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  22. harvey

    no one could question the generosity of the american people. They are donateing millions every day to help. The question is the about judgement, of a bankrupt government, that is borrowing money from China to finance a pr campain.

    January 27, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Silence Dogoode

    Don't normally agree with Hillary politically, however she is right...how much aid is Al Jazeera and CNN sending? I guess Fox network is not looking so bad now, huh?

    The US does not have to give a single DIME to Haiti....there is nothing in our Constitution...as a country we are always there due to the goodness of our hearts. My Granny (a depression child) always used to say you can tell who a person is by not only what they give but how. "If you can go, go. If you can donate, donate. If you can do neither, the pray and stay out of the way."

    January 27, 2010 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  24. A. Goodwin

    If only President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were around when Katrina happened. I think things would have been much better – with a positive outcome. Bush and his rethuglican cronies only care about big money...the little people – the people suffering got nothing but stranded and starved. Only in America.

    January 27, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  25. Doug

    CNN reported that even her daughter showed up for a photo-up, I think she is protesting too much. You mean, it did not happen.

    January 27, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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