Asking for Hillary Clinton’s transcripts from her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs “could be a slippery slope” for even more requests, one of the candidate’s top surrogates insisted Thursday.
“I think there’s nothing to hide, but I think that could be a slippery slope and we could end up asking for all sorts of things,” David Brock, the founder of the pro-Clinton Correct the Record PAC, said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
In defending Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, in particular, Brock cited former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who embarked on his own speaking tour prior to running for the Republican nomination in 2008.
“She got fair market value for her speeches. She made that decision,” he said, remarking that it is up to Clinton and her campaign to decide whether to release the transcripts.
Pressed on the issue for his own recommendation, Brock demurred.
“It’s not for me to say,” he remarked at the end of the interview.
Clinton has in the past said she would “look into” releasing the contents of her speeches, though she has not yet done so. POLITICO has reported that she “spoke glowingly of the work the bank was doing raising capital and helping create jobs,” citing people who heard her remarks.
When former President Bill Clinton took center stage at Univision’s upfront presentation for advertisers and the media on Tuesday, it marked more than just one of his many paid appearances.
The relationship between the Clintons and Univision is deep — from owner Haim Saban’s unabashed support for Hillary Clinton’s election effort to a partnership between Univision and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, to the network’s newscasts that have bashed Republicans and, most recently, praised Hillary’s new position on immigration — putting her squarely in line with the network’s stance on the issue.
“When you have the ownership of a network aggressively backing a presidential candidate — combined with advocacy journalism on some issues — it threatens the journalistic integrity of a news organization,” he added.
The top “advocacy” issue: immigration. Last week (on Cinco de Mayo, no less) Clinton went beyond Obama on immigration, promising that as president she would use executive action to allow more undocumented immigrants to get legal protection and work permits, a position her husband Bill echoed on stage at Univision on Tuesday. Jorge Ramos, Univision’s star anchor and correspondent who is open about his feelings toward immigration reform, tweeted a day later that the debate over immigration might be over.
“I wonder how Republicans are going to respond to the immigration proposals by @HillaryClinton Maybe the debate is over already,” he tweeted.
Ramos has also drawn criticism from some in the mainstream media, who say he strays from objectivity into advocacy. But Univision News President Isaac Lee — who has equated speaking truth in today’s politics to speaking out against the Nazis during World War II — vigorously defends Ramos’ journalist-activist role. [Ramos’ daughter works for Hillary Clinton]
“He’s entitled to his opinion. I don’t think Jorge wants to be impartial, I think Jorge wants to be a responsible journalist,” Lee said in April during the International Symposium on Online Journalism conference in Austin. “Univision’s audience knows that Jorge is representing them. That he is not asking the questions to be celebrated as a fair and balanced journalist. He’s asking the questions to represent them. He’s going to ask the person whatever is necessary to push the agenda for a more fair society, for a more inclusive society and for the Hispanic community to be better.”