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Thursday, June 14, 2007

All the News that’s Fit to Hillary

posted by on June 14 at 8:55 AM

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

From Politico:

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, 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.

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But maybe we can gamble on its Hub's success? off that site in the I LOVE TV column? cash cash cash!!!

Posted by Garrett | June 14, 2007 8:59 AM

An American political canidate's unfiltered point of view? What kind of political landscape are you living on... one where the grass' roots are showing maybe?

But, an opinion written to the Internet in "real-time"?!?!... my God, what if the POV needed to change tomorrow or next week due to the changing tides of public opinion?

What if they had the WRONG point of view? It could no longer be the MSM's fault for getting the quote wrong... it would be up on their very own website. The HORROR. THE HORROR!!!

Posted by Phenics | June 14, 2007 9:14 AM

Heh. Phenics' point taken, but I still think it is a great idea.

Posted by arduous | June 14, 2007 9:20 AM

So, you'd suggest a Huffington Post for every candidate.

Posted by Gitai | June 14, 2007 9:49 AM

I'm not sure I can take advice from someone who writes an article about a website without linking to it.

Posted by gfish | June 14, 2007 10:20 AM

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