Philipe Reines, Hillary Clinton Flack, and Reporter Michael Hastings Call Each Other Bad Names
A refreshingly honest exchange between a reporter and the PR guy for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took place Sunday, and really brightened up our day, because finally they were saying what they really think.
The context was Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines calling the CNN's handling of its discovery of the diary of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens in the wreckage of the attack in Benghazi. Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings was pressing Reines on his description of CNN's behavior as "disgusting."
It all started out fairly normally. Questions from Hastings and answers from Reines. And then it got ugly. You can read the whole thing here, but here's our favorite part:
From: Michael Hastings Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:50 PM To: Reines, Philippe I Cc: Nuland, Victoria J Subject: Re: Request for comment Why don't you give answers that aren't bullshit for a change?
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM, Reines, Philippe I wrote: I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you're an unmitigated asshole. How's that for a non-bullshit response? Now that we've gotten that out of our systems, have a good day. And by good day, I mean Fuck Off
From: Michael Hastings Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 01:40 PM To: Reines, Philippe I Cc: Nuland, Victoria J Subject: Re: Request for comment Hah--I now understand what women say about you, too! Any new complaints against you lately?
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM, Reines, Philippe I wrote: Talk about bullshit - answer me this: Do you only traffic in lies, or are you on the ground floor of creating them?
We guess this means they won't be exchanging Christmas cards?
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