Clinton Loses Right-Wing Media Allies

As senator looks to her left, conservative bedfellows are bailing
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2008 7:51 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., makes a campaign stop at Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. Clinton's once cordial relationship...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The conservative press, once a surprising ally for Hillary Clinton, is turning out to be about as loyal as the Democratic senator should have expected, Politico writes. Though long reviled by the far-right masses, Clinton once had the carefully cultivated respect of some rightish media players like Rupert Murdoch and Matt Drudge. But now even those unlikely supporters are turning from her.

Hillary's romance with the right stems from her refusal to apologize for backing the invasion of Iraq. But her more recent attempts to court Democratic doves have soured Republican admiration. "She certainly ran a more centrist campaign when she thought it was going to be a coronation," says one conservative columnist. Murdoch's New York Post, meanwhile, endorsed Barack Obama in a Clinton-hating screed.