January 26th, 2010
08:46 PM ET
12 years ago

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

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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."

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    Something tells me if Bush were still The President dear old Hillary wouldn't be feeling this way. She would be there on her bashing campaign.

    January 26, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. gregory

    I agree with Hillary Clinton. Its sad that CNN is doing this kind of reporting more then FOX NEWS! Its not even reporting, its trying to find a story where there isn't one.

    January 26, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    "Clinton 'deeply resents' criticism of U.S. aid mission"........more like Clinton deeply resents criticism of her and this failure of an administration.

    January 26, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Gil Oberdas

    If you think back to the Katrina Disaster and the bumbing idiot in office back then it is regretable that people have such short memories. Considering the logistics and miles to be covered to Haiti I can only say thank goodness we got "Change!"

    January 26, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Joe

    Bad CNN, bad!

    January 26, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. obama the liar

    Hillary, you and Barry are not qualified to hold the positions both of you occupy.

    January 26, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. shmeckell

    I still think it is a bad idea for the leaders of the free world to continue to fight the free press. It just does not sound good when the state department is always speaking out about the free press; talking about critiquing news agencies when they think things look unfair. It is a bad idea and it does not look good, even when you are right and they are unfair you cant tell them what to say.

    January 26, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Joan

    She's right. Ninety per cent of the stories were about the places that had not gotten much help yet making it seem like that was indicative of the whole effort. However, thousands of people have been fed, helped and rescued but this was not covered much at all. The airport was made usuable, roads were made passable, tons of food was brought in and thousands of soldiers, health care workers and other aid workers were there. Instead of taking up rooms in hotels that could have been made into temporary hospitals and instead of using precious gas that ambulances desperately needed, most of the journalists could have gone home and made way for people who were able to really help.

    January 26, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. southern cousin

    Guess its time to hit the good old reset button again and start aplogizing some more. that is the Obama way.

    January 26, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. GuyInVA

    She's right. I seldom agree with this administration's policies, but what's right is right. The president is doing the right thing in Haiti. The president himself should step out front and tell our critics to buzz off. Who do these ingrates want to handle the disaster relief? The U.N.? Please. We all know the U.N. Motto: "When trouble abounds, we'll be nearby doing nothing." How about the ever popular, "In the event of an emergency, please hang up and call the USA."

    January 26, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Robert - Palm Desert, CA

    CNN's Anderson Cooper is leading the charge of criticism, mostly directed at Hillary's State Department. This should come as no surprise to those who watched Cooper's reporting of the 2008 Democratic primaries. Gloria Vanderbilt's little silver-head boy despises the Clinton's, and particularly Hillary. He adores Obama and, he was afraid that Hillary might deny the nomination to the media's darling.

    January 26, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Ren from Baltimore

    There seems little more the US could do to help Haiti's people, plain and simple. We have "projected force" internationally, this time for clearly humanitarian purposes, as only we can do and as ony we are prepared to take on that responsibility.

    I fully agree with Sec Clinton-heedless attacks on US assistance will only hurt those most in need. I'm glad Dr. Gupta showed where the help was not getting through. I'm not so sure that Anderson Cooper, usually a hero of our family's, was always taking a balanced view-against which other country or entities was he comparing US response efforts?

    January 26, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. patriot

    And since when do we care what al jazeera has to say about us. Oh wait !! our pres. is/was/is muslim.

    January 26, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. terry,va---your comment always awaits moderation.

    Let al Jazeera and CNN financially support them and they can complain. Italy is complaining about us helping for photo ops as well. Individual Americans give out of compassion. All governments including ours are politically driven. Al Jazeera promotes anything against Christians and our generosity Italy is Italy. They forget, as much as Europe has, why they exist today. CNN, well it's hard to tell where they are coming from. Sometimes they report news and sometimes they invent it.

    January 26, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. The Great Northwest

    Sec Of State Hillary R Clinton you could not have said it better .Cheers to you and to all the folks that have generously given from the bottom of their hearts and of themselves.
    I myself could not believe all the time spent talking about the little orphans (not that those little children were not important )what I am saying to me the whole settlement where quake hit were orphans .

    It seemed that was all they kept talking about these journalists dont hold a candle to Dan Rathers and Walter Cronkites time frame .
    There is news to report what is their problem ?

    January 26, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    Obama goes around the world apologizing for the "sins" of America. What else could she expect from others?

    January 26, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Gop

    Gee Hillary is funny asking that people view them fairly.

    I cannot point out how many times she never viewed the things Bush did fairly. And now that it's her turn to screw things up she wants people to cut her a break.

    Sorry Hillary you either step up to the plate and take what is coming or get the hell out of that job you never were fit for!

    January 26, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. ICARE

    May God continue to bless America. The only light of the world that still believes in the powerful message of love and forgivness, ordained by God, Himself.

    Besides, if you cant feel for Haiti, there is something seriously wrong with you.

    January 26, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Jeremy, PA

    she would have been a better choice for president.....

    January 26, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Karen

    We ( THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) are always the first to respond to any crisis! I am personally VERY tired of the criticism of the UNITED STATES! NO COUNTRY on this planet helps more people or countries than we do! If we had kept our money for the US people, that we have given to other countries in times of need, we would have NO FINANCIAL problems now!

    January 26, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. MJM

    Hey Clinton, you sure r looking old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go get in a cave somewhere and stay there!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Mike

    Here we go again, now we have a historic disaster. In all fairness, our military and rescue personnel perform extraordinarily well in these situations. They took an unfair wrap in Katrina, which was more the fault of the people not heeding the call to leave. The administration took heat for not being prepared, but pre-positioned materials became inaccessable. Mr. Brown could have been more dedicated in his approach. In Haiti they are starting from zero, criticism is unwarranted.

    January 26, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. larry johnson

    why are we bringing haitians kids here for adoption when we have thousands of orphans already here.like thier better or more in need than our own children in the united states you dont see hatians giving to thier homeland but wait we will drape are hatian flag for the conference we won expecting the us to save his country do we remember the game it was big news cnn how much did he give i wonder

    January 26, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Preston k

    Pkm how much can we give other countrys have given any thing if you do like the us get out of it

    January 26, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Joe

    Of course, if we had done nothing, we would have been criticized for that. No good deed goes unpunished.

    January 26, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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