January 27th, 2010
05:48 AM ET
13 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."

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Baby Boomer

    Well, I think the Secretary is right. I don't think that retired General Honore's critique were particularly helpful or accurate and several times CNN just let him go. The United States responses was very timely both private and governmental. Right along with the rest of the world. We have nothing to be ashamed of unless we stop helping. Haiti will be in need for a long time to come...

    January 27, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. JohnManual

    Hillary, with all due respect, the American Government cannot do anything right. It has prooven that time and time again. The State Department is a joke, spending billions of US tax paer money and achieving nothing. Take the MidEast Peace agreement for example. How much more do the Americna people have to bleed before our State Department realizes there will never be peace in that region, never. Hillarym, it is all about self interests, egos, and greed. Be wise and accept the truth.

    John Manual

    January 27, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. southerncousin

    Time to hit the old reset button again, make some more apologies to the world, get nominated for a phony Nobel Peace prize or something. So glad all this bowing and scraping the administration has done in its foreign policy has done no good. Of course it comes seriously close to violating the oath of office for this inept, corrupt, lying administration.

    January 27, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Chuck Dorr Appleton,Me.

    We took the lead in this tragic situation and it is very impressive how
    quickly we got security and relief on the ground. The US people are the most generous and caring in the World. CNN is sounding like FOX, lately
    always finding fault with the President, and giving negative views too much air time.

    January 27, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Mia

    While it is sad what has occurred in Haiti I do commend our government response. Considering the scale of what happened, we have made an appropriate response within another sovereign country. Kudos to Clinton for keeping the record straight.

    January 27, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. yomann123

    CNN can't help itself of being critical of anything that this administration does as it covet's after Fox's market share. CNN will eventually fade into irrelevancy as it abandons what initially made it the "most trusted name in news".

    January 27, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. jason

    Three medical teams had their equipment turned away as the airport was closed when hillary went to haiti. They had to go to the dominican republican and for days the medical teams couldn't reach towns that were hit the hardest away from the capital.

    No one had reached these towns and the closing of the airport was a disaster. A columbia search and rescue team also couldn't get their equipment as the airport was closed for secretary of state clinton. She went to haiti way too soon. She should have waited until after the rescue phase.

    January 27, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. tpbco

    Seems to me she sang a very different tune when it was Bush 43 and Katrina.

    January 27, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Wayne

    Funny. It was Bushes fault that Katrina aid didn't get there fast enough, even though the mayor and governor said they didn't need help. The media however says the bureaucracy is the problem in Obama's case. If the shoe fits one it should fit the other.

    January 27, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. ronk in AL

    You mean that after a year of bowing and groveling our President has not convinced the world that we are OK guys? Who'd a thunk it?

    January 27, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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