Bill Clinton's criticism of the media's coverage of his wife did not go unnoticed by journalists at the New York Times.
"We have newspapers that have people devoted to doing nothing but covering a campaign that doesn't exist," he said. "So then they have to decide to create stories. You know, we don't need that."
Clinton did not mention which newspapers he might have been talking about, but at least one—the Times—has very publicly assigned a reporter, Amy Chozick, to cover the Clintons full time.
Chozick and her colleagues at the Times responded to the president's comments by, in effect, rejecting the premise that Hillary Clinton isn't seeking the White House:
Crazy idea! RT @nickconfessore ...If HRC doesn't want to be covered as a likely 2016 candidate, she could just say she's not running.
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) December 3, 2013
@DHBerman I hear ya, but the fact is, she's the most presumptive nominee since Eisenhower. Absurd that we should pretend otherwise.
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) December 3, 2013
Just seeing WJC media critique. Did he ever think about the next prez campaign when he was a gov, @ron_fournier ?
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) December 3, 2013
@jmartNYT hah. Let's just say the governor and the press corps talked about presidential politics in and off cycle. .,,
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 3, 2013