January 27th, 2010
05:48 AM 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."

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. no name calling

    Dear CNN

    Finally, a legitimate news report about a women who speaks clearly, who is obviously intelligent and actually does something to help our country move forward,

    As opposed to the tabloid tart from Alaska.

    January 27, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. sharon,ny

    I totally agree with Secretary Clinton.....Americans have donated millions to Haiti out of their own pockets in a time of economic downturn in our own country. WE have people who have no food, no money or shelter also more now than ever, and our once rich country is no longer able to provide assistance like it used to. Our military is stretched thin and much money is going toward the war as well as stimulus to get US back on our feet. We aren't avoiding other countires in need or "taking our time" responding to their needs. We're doing what we can.

    What has happened to the Haitians is horrible and intolerable. The Haitian government needs to step up and protect its people from these types of disasters with better housing and development of more jobs, industry, agriculture, etc. to provide for them. There are only so many world organizations that can assist, but, the government has to "lead" and maintain.

    January 27, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Folks and other countries should know not to criticize this administration because they are perfect!! The fact is that this disaster is so large that it is hard to manage even though we went through Katrina and should have learned many lessons. Katrina was the first huge disaster that we confronted and we were not prepared for it. Bush rightfully took the heat for it like a man. Clinton and this administration are learning as they go that criticism they leveled in the past is coming back to haunt them now!

    January 27, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. Watching from NC

    The shame of it is, the US could have elected to wash their hands of Haiti, figuring that this was just one more unfortunate event in a seemingly endless series of disasters for a country that's been a basket case for generations. Since no matter how much effort and money is poured into Haiti, they never seem to be able to pull themselves out of their problems, either caused by nature or themselves (by tolerating one tin dictator after another).

    But the US did not choose to turn its back on Haiti, and is in there once again trying to help them. So until the rest of the world decides to get on the ground there themselves and provide the same level of support, sniping at the US is not doing the Haitians any bit of good.

    January 27, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. Noel Marchant

    The CNN coverage has been excellent. No other Network, in my openion, has come close to meeting rhe CNN coverage. Anderson Cooper should receive a special award for his dedication and untiring effort. Of course there are many others too numerous to mention.

    January 27, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. Mark

    Good job Hillary...and while your at it remember to remind them of things like the Tsunami aid, The Marshall Plan, Monies for AIDS research/prevention and 25% of the operating budget of the worthless UN. The italians are at the top of my "piss off" list, yea their guy helps what 40K+ people adjust to an earthquake aftermath where maybe 300 were killed and this is all on Italian soil. We are spending resources we really don't have and the American public is once again stepping up to the plate and proving WE ARE the most generous nation on the planet. Despite what goofballs like chavez, morales, castro, this clown from italy and others say.....

    January 27, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. Beren

    Although I agree that some may unfairly criticize our country for the response to a disaster like the one in Haiti, it is inevitable. I think it unwise of Clinton to address the "haters" as it only puts a spotlight on critics points that focus has strayed and that this is now a PR opportunity more than an effort to resolve a devastating humanitarian crisis. Can't both be done simultaneously? I think so, if you're any country but the U.S.

    January 27, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. bill

    I agree-the goal is to help those in Haiti. i personally have donated and sent emails to all my lists for Love a Child/bobby and sherry burnette who a couple days ago the president of dominican republic sent a rep. to set up a mobile hospital. to use this for politican or any racial bias is beyond belief. for those who won't help and criticize–which is the easy thing to do for anyone like gossip-read what it says about not feeding the poor or taking care of the homeless. God bless the USA.

    signed bill pike/vet 1963-65 and proud of our country.

    January 27, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. Dave R

    Those that with issues about our handling of the situation need to come out of their pocket and give. They are doing nothing so be quiet!

    Why didn't they do anything?

    January 27, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Bevina

    Thumbs up Hilary!!!! When people critize they should offer up solutions. I have been a dedicated viewer of CNN over the years but i think CNN is posturing on the matter of Haiti. CNN seem to be caught up in not reporting for the purpose of reporting news but drama, rating and accolade. This crisis is about Haiti everyone. We all need to do our part, no matter how small. For those critizing the US, this is not the time...the US has stepped up to the place. The US was the first to donate, to send troop (not withstand the criticism from the world about US occupation of Haiti). WAY TO GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Tom

    Yes, all the reporters in Haiti are just more mouths to feed, bumbling around in the way. Anyone in Haiti should be doing real work to help, or they should go home.

    January 27, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Mike Stone

    I agree completely with Secretary Clinton in that there are those around the world that want all the glory and not too much of the responsibility. The USA responded immediately to Haiti being closest and better prepared to help. Aid in the form of medics, food water and equipment were delivered asap. Complaints of delay in getting to the people in Haiti were due to the fact that it was impossible to dock or land. The Air Force took immediate control of the airport because they had to in order to maintain safety and organization. No one else was there, so the fact that decisions were made regarding the priority for landing that upset a few groups is understandable. However this should not be viewed as a failure, The press need to be objective once again as in " the good old days", when news media did not pursue political agendas.

    January 27, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. Jessica

    I have to agree about the media coverage in general, its attempting to hype up whats going on for the sake of ratings – it seems. This is a crisis, far worse than katrina ...and our response thus far has been leaps and bounds better.

    Perfect, absolutely not – and we should highlight the area's that the govt (or civilian aid) is lacking in.

    If a reporter can get somewhere – and medicine/food/water – cant, or hasnt been getting there yet, thats a reason to say on the airwaves "HEY US GOVT, IM HERE – SO SHOULD YOU BE, GET THE STUFF HERE NOW!"...

    to me, the media has a big role to play – yet...so far, they've only been playing the role of gawkers, not helpers.

    January 27, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Jane

    Let them talk all they want....those rich middle east countries never put out as much money as the us. We always have and always will be the nation that leads in events like this. Unfortunately I think they are wagging their tongues because they now see the US as week due to the elected leadership.

    January 27, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. jmcd

    Hillary Clinton's performance as the Secretary of State has been one of the few hight points in the Obama administration. I am proud of her for telling it like it is. The magnitude of the aid delivery problem in Haiti is unimaginable and that anything is getting done is something of a miracle in its own right. That we are providing aid in conjunction with the shattered government of Haiti is also easily forgotten. The US Government and the citizens of the United States have nothing to be ashamed of in their response to the Haitian tragedy or any number of other world disasters and I am thankful that Secretary Clinton is saying that.

    January 27, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. Darron R. Brown MD

    I agree. Both civilian and military operations have been essential to help Haiti. As usual, Americans have led the way, in both charity and action.

    January 27, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. Dutch the Great

    No matter what we do as Americans, there will always be other nations that look at us with a frown.

    January 27, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. dawn

    Secretary Clinton didn't "slam" anyone, contrary to your first teaser. Nor was she especially "tough" on critics. She merely asserted that the State department would challenge and correct press reports containing baseless criticisms of its Haitian relief efforts. CNN makes its profits by demanding facts from people in power. Does it have a problem when others apply the same standards to the press?

    January 27, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. Earl

    These other countries can kiss our ass. We have been helping Haiti far more than any of them would have ever done. The critics are always the ones who sit back and do nothing, while we are expected to do everything. Al Jazeera can go to hell for all I care.

    January 27, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. Ferret out the BS

    Can't sell their product unless there's ineptitude in the project whether real or made up.

    January 27, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. Dave in Ohio

    I rarely commend CNN if at all but the fact that they are reporting facts as they are on the ground in Haiti and then being criticized by the State Department goes in line with the entire thin skinned administration responses.

    January 27, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. Vickie in Omaha

    You go girl. I too am sick of all the crap. We are the first to give and give till it hurts and we are still slammed.

    January 27, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. Lois

    One example of objections to CNN coverage is Gov. Rendell was saying that Anderson Cooper was on CNN complaining about Rendell and the plane for the orphan children going into Haiti when they were carrying as many medical supplies as the Doctors Without Borders plane was carrying – and the Pittsburgh plane brought home 53 orphans. I appreciate the reporting from Haiti, but I wonder if Anderson isn’t in need of a little rest. At times he seems a little lethargic.

    January 27, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    al Jazeera is sounding a lot like the republican party.

    January 27, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. newenglandcutie

    Clinton makes a sane person want to puke. She can LIE...L IE........ LIE....& LIE even more . She LIED about having to "dodge" enemy bullets (gunfire) as she "Spiraled", i.e. "CORKSCREWED" into Bosnia. Does she think we are "ALL" fools, or does she think it is just the dems who support her? I guess she thinksthose dems are stupid enough to believe that story. AND......A N D..........then, she says she "misspoke!" Puhleseeeeee.........she plain out LIED!!!!! What a dispicable human being. I'm truly ashamed to admit that she is of the same gender as I ! Pure VOMIT.....that's what she is.

    January 27, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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