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Instead of Asking Hillary Clinton About Benghazi, Barbara Walters Pushes Her to Run
Newsbusters ^ | December 13, 2012 | 13:10 | By Jeffrey Meyer

Posted on 12/13/2012 4:26:30 PM PST by drewh

Add Barbara Walters to the list of journalists pushing for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. For the third time now, Ms. Clinton has been featured on Barbara Walters’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People special.

Given that Ms. Walters had a one-on-one sit-down interview with Clinton, it would seem logical that the topic of the Benghazi fiasco would come up. It didn't, despite the fact that, as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton oversees all U.S. Embassies, and is directly responsible for protecting our diplomats around the world, especially in troubled regions where security threats are more acute. [See video below break. MP3 audio here.]

Instead, as NewsBusters pointed out on Wednesday, Ms. Walters found time to ask Ms. Clinton about “one of the great fascinations of our time,” Clinton's hair:

WALTERS: So I have to ask you this very personal question. Your hair.

Clinton: I know that it's one of the great, uh, fascinations of our time.

WALTERS: Absolutely.

CLINTON: Much to my amazement. I know it!

WALTERS: People say to me, "are you interviewing the Secretary of State?" I said, "yes. What should I--yes! Ask her about her hair!" Right.

CLINTON: Well, I-- you know, I do not travel with any hairdresser, and I'm not very competent myself. I've been, uh, admitting that for years, which, uh, should be obvious to everyone. It just got to be really burdensome to try to find a hairdresser in some city, somewhere. So I've said, "Enough." We're just gonna try to go with, uh, as simple as possible.

WALTERS: Nobody asked the men that.

CLINTON: Have you noticed?

WALTERS: Yeah. Nobody asks the men.

Four Americans die on Clinton's watch in a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. One of which, Ambassador Chris Stevens, repeatedly complained about lax diplomatic security, to no avail. Yet split ends merit more attention?!

Earlier in the segment, Walters focused on whether Clinton will try again for the presidency in 2016, which, admittedly is a more salient topic than caring for one's coiffure, but still, it was quite evident that Walters's interest was more cheerleaderish than strictly journalistic:

WALTERS: What most people are asking now about you is, will you consider running for president in 2016? Would you just like to make your declaration now and we could conclude this interview?

WALTERS: You know, your husband wants you to run in 2016. What do you want to say to him?

CLINTON: He--he wants me to do what I want to do, and he has made that very clear, and some of what I want to do is just kick back. I mean it sounds--

WALTERS: Yeah, but after you have slept. Well..kicked back, read those books--

CLINTON: But I haven't had a chance to do that yet.

WALTERS: Okay, so let's give you three months.

CLINTON: Oh, no.

WALTERS: What would it take to convine you to run in 2016?

The closest Walters came anywhere near the Benghazi debacle was when Walters asked about worries the Secretary most about the Middle East. Clinton answered that Iran was. But rather than serve as an opening for a meaty discussion on the administration's failures to curb the Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons, Walters saw it as an opportunity to toss more softballs:

WALTERS: You know, we look at the Middle East, and it's still...such unrest. What worries you the most?

CLINTON: Iran. Iran worries me the most, because it's not only the terrible prospect that they might have a nuclear weapon, which we are committed to prevent. They're already engaging in terrorism all over the world.

WALTERS: So if you could do one thing before you left...maybe it's the Middle East. Maybe it's something in Iran. What would it be? In your, in your dreams.

CLINTON: Oh, in my dreams, it would be Middle East peace. Two states for two people, living side by side. Israel would be a Democratic Jewish state with security, living with their Palestinian neighbors.

WALTERS: Do you think President Obama can do this in a second term, create that kind of peace?

A trite exchange on Mideast peace? Questions about hair care? Viewers would be forgiven if they thought Walters was conducted an interview with a Miss America contestant rather than the outgoing secretary of state.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: newsgroupie; notreporter

1 posted on 12/13/2012 4:26:33 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

Walters is just happy to find her way to the studio from the toilet in the morning. I don’t know why anyone would care what she thinks about anything.

2 posted on 12/13/2012 4:35:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I feel sad for my once great country. We deserve everything that is about to happen to us.)
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To: drewh

Barbara Wawa and friends asking friends questions

3 posted on 12/13/2012 4:36:08 PM PST by molson209
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To: drewh

Bah Bah Wah Wah is America’s estrogen genocide.

4 posted on 12/13/2012 4:37:30 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: drewh
Just as Obama did, the Campaign is mostly talk-show appearances and fund-raisers, for YEARS ahead of the actual Election. The State-Run-Media is the tool used to indoctrinate the couch potatoes, MTV-watchers, Liberal talk watchers, etc., who vote (D) ALWAYS.

There's no "winning over" the (D) voters, UNTIL THE GRAVY TRAIN DERAILS and the handouts stop.....

Then, the violence that will ensue will convince SOME of the (D) base that the Taxpayers are out of money, too.

5 posted on 12/13/2012 4:38:06 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: drewh

Babba Wahwa is like Hillary - absolutely no talent or ability, but somehow she is famous.

I don’t understand it, and never will.

But face the facts Babba, had the Hillabeast not boinked Bubbah, she’d be a little known lawyer somewhere in nowheresville.

I funnel my respect to women who are smart and have achieved success on their own...Condi Rice comes to mind.

6 posted on 12/13/2012 4:40:52 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: drewh
I recall when the Clintons were in office, and there were numerous (carefully scripted) television commercials imploring Bill Clinton to attend (IIRC) the Womens' World Cup soccer final. Of course, Clinton already planned to go. He just wanted some fake drama.

There was only one reason for the commercials, it was a publicity stunt in which the media were begging the Clintons to do what they already planned to do.

- - -

Fast forward to present.

One suspects in the strongest measure that Ms. Walters' questions are a pre-arranged publicity stunt, and that the obedient media will be (following instructions to ) ask this question over and over.


Mrs. Clinton will be running, it's been planned for years.

However, in true Clinton fashion, she arranges for the media to ask her to run, thus heightening the FAKE DRAMA!

7 posted on 12/13/2012 4:43:18 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: molson209

Hilly dont do interviews like this without seeing the questions first!

9 posted on 12/13/2012 4:43:54 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

Yeesh! A double dose of Anti-Viagra.

10 posted on 12/13/2012 5:15:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: drewh

Hillerby will find a way to avoid attending the congressional investigation into the Benghazi Charlie Foxtrot by being on some unavoidable diplomatic trip on the other side of the globe. No way she is going to take the blame for Odumbo’s misdeeds. She doesn’t want to queer her 2016 run for Odumbo’s job.

11 posted on 12/13/2012 5:18:41 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: Da Coyote

She most likely got where she is with her legs open.

Why else would anyone hire a news reader with a lisp.

12 posted on 12/13/2012 5:20:29 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

You got that dead on Brother.

Bah Bwa Wah Wah got to were she is because she knew how to spread em and when.

After that? Blow in her left ear, the hair covering her right ear fluffs out.

Laugh In: “Blow In My Ear, I’ll Follow You Anywhere.”

Barbie has her knee pads on, and she’ll take all Billy boy has to offer.

Sorry for being so graphic.

13 posted on 12/13/2012 5:50:22 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: drewh
Four Americans die on Clinton's watch in a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. One of which, Ambassador Chris Stevens, repeatedly complained about lax diplomatic security, to no avail. Yet split ends merit more attention?!

Walter's a light-weight - no more proof is needed.

14 posted on 12/13/2012 7:04:00 PM PST by GOPJ (Detroit should be renamed 'Michael Mooresville'...)
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To: drewh

I remember a sign I saw while driving through Texas in 2007.... It said
“Hillary Never”

The sign still rings true today!

15 posted on 12/13/2012 7:37:55 PM PST by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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