Hillary Threats Killed Negative Story

Access to Bill denied if GQ piece ran

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 25, 2007 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – GQ magazine spiked a negative story about White House hopeful Hillary Clinton after her campaign offered editors a stark choice: kill the piece or lose access to Bill Clinton for a cover story. The offending article explored tensions and infighting at the heart of the Clinton campaign. Despite protests from staffers, editor Jim Nelson killed the story, reports Politico.

“I don’t get into the inner workings of the magazine, but we did kill a Hillary piece," admitted Nelson. "We kill pieces all the time for a variety of reasons.” Instead of the Hillary piece, a cover story on Bill Clinton's Africa trip appears in the magazine's December Man of the Year issue.

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Sen. Hillary Clinton, democratic presidential hopeful greet a crowd during a fundraiser, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at the Tabernacle at Oak Bluffs, a town on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Sen. Hillary Clinton, democratic presidential hopeful greet a crowd during a fundraiser, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at the Tabernacle at Oak Bluffs, a town on the...   (Associated Press)
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton gestures during a fundraiser in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton gestures during a fundraiser in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)   (Associated Press)
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, left, is escorted by former U.S. president Bill Clinton into the auditorium at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday July 19, 2007. The two opened an exhibition entitled Making Peace, part of the ongoing celebrations of Mandela's 89th birthday. (AP Photo/Jerome...
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, left, is escorted by former U.S. president Bill Clinton into the auditorium at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday July 19, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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