News All the News that’s Fit to Hillary
posted by June 14 at 8:55 AMon
Yesterday, Eli noted the NYT article on the upcoming YouTube Presidential debates.
Well, in yet another example of how DIY digital 2007 is flipping off traditional media and transforming the upcoming Presidential campaign, HRC—who never liked the media anyway—is starting her own Hillary news site
But Wednesday morning, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign broke the news of Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg’s endorsement on a new website the campaign runs, HillaryHub.com. The campaign later e-mailed reporters suggesting they check the site.
HillaryHub isn’t a typical campaign site. With a simple, three-column look, occasionally edgy headlines and links to a blend of videos, reports from newspapers and blogs and campaign memos, it’s a news aggregator on the model of the Drudge Report. The difference, of course, is that the stories are chosen to depict Clinton favorably and to tweak her critics.
Politico is wrong. HillaryHub is pretty much a typical campaign site, and so, I don’t foresee many folks going there.
If HRC (or any other candidate) really wanted to upend the status quo, they’d set up a news website that wasn’t just a round-up of news about the candidate; they’d make it a more general news site (still calling it something like HillaryHub) and use it as an opportunity to comment and weigh in with the candidate’s POV—establishing the candidate as a pundit and news personality in their own right.