We were sad when Greta Van Susteren announced that she would be leaving Fox News. Now, Greta is making headlines once again after a leaked email showed that Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines insulted her so badly she demanded an apology. The leaked email are showing Reines calling Greta “malleable”, meaning that she could be easily bent to someone’s will. Of course, this isn’t true of Greta.
Greta took immediate offense to the letter, and demanded that an apology be made.
“Dear Nick, please convey this message below directly to the Secretary,” she began. “If you don’t intend to do so, please let me know and I will try other avenues to get this email to her.”
Read Greta’s full letter below:
“Dear Madam Secretary, I have always been respectful and probing. Philipe in an email to you – which is now being published in many news organizations – referred to me as “malleable.” Of course this is insulting to me as a journalist but I can take insults. However, I don’t think it fair when my interviews have always been respectful and probing and fair. Philipe mistakes respectful and probing and fair for “malleable.” I would very much like to interview you now about this and get this cleared up for my reputation. This would be fair – just as I have been fair. Best, Greta Van Susteren.”
Hillary’s spokesman Nick Merrell responded to the letter with the following:
“First, let me start by saying that in my many years working for HRC, I have rarely heard her or staff more consistently convey respect for a journalist than for you. While at State when you joined us on the road and during our extensive conversations leading up to the book tour. Your interviews with HRC haven’t been because you’re easy on her, in fact I’d argue she suffers in performance when she’s up against a lesser intellect. You challenge her, and do so on substance, you’re tough, lawyerly, and fair. And that’s why you are someone she likes personally and respects professionally.
So while I’m not going to get into a game of dictionary here, that has been my experience, and while that single email from years ago is unfortunate, it’s not representative of anyone’s view.
Having said all of that, I think we all understand that this transpiring was not helpful to you in the least, and I’m very sorry about that.
I think I could make a reasonable argument for why putting HRC out with you right now would not be to anyone’s benefit, but the truth is that we are simply not there yet. It doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking things through more broadly, but the focus of the campaign as it ramped up and in the short period since the launch has been to engage voters in the early states, first and foremost, and raise money.
We’ve started to do some local interviews here and there, but that’s been it.
I’ve included Jennifer here to make sure you know that everyone is fully aware of what happened and your reaching out to us about it.
Happy to talk about this more at your convenience, and I hope we can continue to maintain your working relationship with us, and with HRC.
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