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
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)
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(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.