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Clinton Campaign Scolds New York Times Over 'Egregious' Error

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By    |   Friday, 31 Jul 2015 02:40 PM

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has taken issue with a recent New York Times report regarding the email scandal surrounding her, opting to send a letter to the newspaper to complain about "egregious" misreporting in the piece.

According to Politico, the campaign sent a letter that was almost 2,000 words in length.

The letter addressed a Times story that claimed Clinton's use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of state (2009-2013) had prompted two inspectors general to ask the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into the matter.

Two days later, the Times issued a correction and said the investigation being pursued was not criminal.

The Clinton campaign blasted the paper.

"We remain perplexed by the Times' slowness to acknowledge its errors after the fact, and some of the shaky justifications that Times' editors have made," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri wrote.

"I feel obliged to put into context just how egregious an error this story was. The New York Times is arguably the most important news outlet in the world and it rushed to put an erroneous story on the front page charging that a major candidate for president of the United States was the target of a criminal referral to federal law enforcement. Literally hundreds of outlets followed your story, creating a firestorm that had a deep impact that cannot be unwound. This problem was compounded by the fact that the Times took an inexplicable, let alone indefensible, delay in correcting the story and removing 'criminal' from the headline and text of the story."

In the letter, according to Politico, Palmieri accused the Times of not properly sourcing its original report regarding the so-called criminal investigation.

"In our conversations with the Times reporters, it was clear that they had not personally reviewed the IG's referral that they falsely described as both criminal and focused on Hillary Clinton," Palmieri wrote in the 1,915-word letter. "Instead, they relied on unnamed sources that characterized the referral as such. However, it is not at all clear that those sources had directly seen the referral, either. This should have represented too many 'degrees of separation' for any newspaper to consider it reliable sourcing, least of all The New York Times."

The email scandal has dogged Clinton this year and throughout her presidential campaign, which began in April.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this week he would investigate Clinton if he were still a U.S. attorney, a position he held during the 1980s. Prior to that, Giuliani was the associate attorney general from 1981-1983.

"I believe she should be under investigation by the United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for obstruction of justice, for destroying government property," Giuliani said. "I think it's clear that she had a conflict of interest, her husband getting hundreds of millions of dollars, she's making decisions about companies and about corporations that he's getting money from. I think they filed a joint tax return."

Clinton is still the Democratic front-runner in the polls, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made up some ground on her. And the Clinton camp is apparently worried about the possible entrance of Vice President Joe Biden into the fray.

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Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has taken issue with a recent New York Times report regarding the email scandal surrounding her, opting to send a letter to the newspaper to complain about "egregious" misreporting in the piece.
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