In the hubbub of the spin room after last night's Democratic debate in Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, I introduced myself to Mandy Grunwald, Hillary Clinton's media strategist, and prepared to ask a question. "Hi - you're going to violate my I-only-speak-to-American-journalists...", she said as I shook her hand.
I laughed. But it wasn't a joke. "I just have this, like, you know, it's my job to talk to people who print papers in states where we have voters - don't take it personally but I'm going to answer his question first," she said, pointing to Newsday's Glenn Thrush, standing behind me. I spluttered something about people clicking on internet stories. "Mmm, not so much - I'll take his first," Ms Grunwald responded.
When I continued to act dumbfounded, she grudgingly relented. "I knew you were going to take it personally and think it terribly rude," she said. "Ask your question." So I did.
Hillary Clinton's foreign policy platform states that "cooperative relationships have to be deepened and strengthened" across the globe while our "increasingly interconnected world demands an interconnected strategy". I guess that doesn't include the media.
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