First one to make a Vince Foster joke in the comments is a total hack.
Sad to say but I’m sure this sort of thing isn’t uncommon on either side of the aisle. The Clintons can simply get away with more brazen threats because Slick is, after all, the liberal Jesus. On the upside, here’s yet another publication that will never, ever be allowed to lecture bloggers on the magically sacred precincts of the sacred, magical newsroom.
Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president learned that the men’s magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland.
So Clinton’s aides pulled a page from the book of Hollywood publicists and offered GQ a stark choice: Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton.
Despite internal protests, GQ editor Jim Nelson met the Clinton campaign’s demands, which had been delivered by Bill Clinton’s spokesman, Jay Carson, several sources familiar with the conversations said…
[A] retreat of the sort GQ is alleged to have made is unusual, particularly as part of what sources described as a barely veiled transaction of editorial leverage for access.
The Clinton campaign is unique in its ability to provide cash value to the media, and particularly the celebrity-driven precincts of television and magazines. Bill Clinton is a favorite cover figure, because his face is viewed within the magazine industry as one that can move product. (Indeed, Green’s own magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, ran as its October cover story “Bill Clinton’s campaign to save the world.”)
Say this much for them. If you pull the lever for Hillary, you know exactly what you’re getting.
Update: Kaus asks a good question: “Could the piece have been as bad for the Clinton camp as the publicity they’re now getting?”