Hillary's response to a question about Keystone XL yesterday in New Hampshire was written up by the Times's Amy Chozick under the headline "Hillary Clinton Is Stumped on Question of Keystone Pipeline". And there's the first problem, as she was not stumped at all...in fact, she gave the same answer she's given for months.
The exchange is described thus:
A voter at a Nashua town hall, Bruce Blodgett, a software engineer in Amherst, asked Mrs. Clinton to give a “yes or no” answer to whether she would support the pipeline, which liberals and environmentalists abhor. Mrs. Clinton demurred.
“This is President Obama’s decision and I’m not going to second-guess him,” she said. “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.”As pointed out by Lysis, this terse quote is not even close to being her full answer describing why a flat "yes" or "no" is not appropriate at this time. But that's just the set-up for an outright falsehood:
The response left a silence in the un-air-conditioned gymnasium of the Amherst Street Elementary School, where 450 people wiped sweat and sipped bottles of lukewarm water to get a chance to ask Mrs. Clinton a question. At her last town hall event in New Hampshire, climate change protesters heckled Mrs. Clinton about her stance on the environment.There was no silence following her answer. The "when I become president" line was actually delivered jokingly with a laugh, and was followed by applause from the audience. Don't believe me? Watch the full exchange here at the 28 minute mark:
Also, doesn't Ms. Chozick make these events seem like the most miserable experience on the face of the planet? If Hillary isn't being heckled, she's busy making everyone sweat their butts off with only lukewarm water as minor relief! Who in their right mind would enjoy attending something like that?
If my own lying eyes and ears are to be believed, everyone in that room seemed to be in pretty good spirits to me. Hillary included.
This may seem like a minor journalistic infraction, but it's nonetheless worth pointing out and once again asking "WTF NYT?"