Hillary Clinton’s Reporter Potty Problem
The Clintons have a long – and bizarre – trend of treating reporters badly, with bathrooms. Here’s a quick history, plus what the Clinton campaign did to a reporter who asked to use the restroom today.
2008: Hillary Clinton Campaign Lets Media Set Up Urinal-Adjacent In Men’s Room
In 2008, Hillary Clinton’s campaign let the media set up urinal-adjacent in the men’s room.
2014: Clinton Initiative Has Aide That Follows Reporters To Bathroom
During the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, it seems the organization has tasked an aide with the duty (pun intended) of following reporters to the bathroom. As Amy Chozick writes in the New York Times:
“But, for me, perhaps the person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom. She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.”
The Clinton Global Initiative also keeps the press in the basement and away from guests of the event:
“Security, foundation aides told me, dictates that the hordes of journalists, many of them from overseas news outlets, be cloistered in a basement at the Sheraton. An elaborate maze of security barricades separates where reporters enter and roam (though not freely) from the lobby of the hotel, where actual guests enter.”
Today: June 15, 2015: Reporter In Need Of Bathroom Told To “Hit The Woods”
Today, Daily Mail reporter David Martosko – the SAME reporter the Clinton campaign banned from the press pool today – asked to use the bathroom at a Clinton event earlier today, and was told to “hit the woods.”
“When Martosko showed up at their first event in Rochester, he said he was denied access inside the YMCA of Strafford County by a ‘Secret Service agent.’ When he requested to use the restroom, the agent told him the area had already gone through a security sweep and he should “hit the woods.'”