Lots of people complain about bad publicity -- but bitching about good ink is rare.
Bill Clinton accomplished that in a recent interview on the new Fusion TV network.
The former president complained to host Jorge Ramos about the media's obsession with whether Hillary Clinton will run for his old office. Check out the clip here:
There are politicians all over the country who would kill to have the major media speculate obsessively about whether or not they are running. Let's face it -- if the media are talking and writing about that -- they think you are a plausible candidate.
The Clinton's, no doubt, are happy to have the media cover the issues they want to talk about -- but don't like everything to be put into the genuine context of a possible presidential run. Telling the media they are putting the emphasis on the wrong thing is a sure loser.
Predictably, reporters, like some from the New York Times, didn't think much of the criticism.
Crazy idea! RT @nickconfessore ...If HRC doesn't want to be covered as a likely 2016 candidate, she could just say she's not running.
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) December 3, 2013
Trying to control what the media cover and how they cover it is an old and futile habit. In his first year as President Clinton tried to dictate news coverage through his then-staffer George Stephanopoulos and it was a disaster. The current White House is trying to do the same thing with similar results.
Instead of complaining about the coverage, Clinton would have been better off to simply say something like: "There will be time enough to consider that kind of stuff later, right now she and I think it is important to focus on yada, yada, yada...." without including the gratuitous shots at the media.
It could have been worse, though. In response to the question "Is Hillary running?" He could have answered: "It depends on what the definition of "IS" is."