One week and numerous corrections later, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is not about to let The New York Times off the hook for its story on a government investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of her personal email account.
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri called the newspaper’s reporting on the story "an egregious breach of the process that should occur when a major newspaper like the Times is pursuing a story of this magnitude" in a letter posted to the campaign website.
She penned the missive to Times executive editor Dean Baquet earlier this week. In it, she outlined the campaign’s side of the story before and after the paper reported "that a major candidate for president of the United States was the target of a criminal referral to federal law enforcement."
The Times issued two separate corrections on the story, including changing its use of the term "criminal referral" in the body of the story.
On Monday, the Times issued an editors’ note that acknowledged its coverage of Clinton’s emails and the aftermath "may have left readers with a confused picture." However, the campaign accused it of taking too much time to act and making "shaky justifications" for the errors.
Palmieri, who used strong wording throughout the letter, wrote that she felt "obliged to put into context just how egregious an error this story was," noting that hundreds of media outlets picked up the story. She said it created "a firestorm that had a deep impact that cannot be unwound."
In conclusion, Palmieri said the campaign wants to have a constructive relationship with the newspaper, although her team is "extremely troubled" by the story.
She also tweeted her displeasure with the article on Friday.
Not a fight with the press. Part of my point is this experience is a distinct aberration from how most press work. https://t.co/4llNkqVatn— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) July 31, 2015
Baquet, who has tweeted only twice since joining Twitter nearly four years ago, has not publicly addressed the story. Times public editor Margaret Sullivan retweeted a link to the letter as well as to the newspaper’s explanation.
Other members of Clinton’s campaign staff have tweeted in support of Palmieri’s letter.