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Author Daniel Halper: The Clinton Machine’s Counter-Attack Playbook Revealed

"No comment! The last time I said anything negative about the Clintons, they threatened to hunt down every member of my family and BOIL THEM ALIVE"

“No comment! The last time I said anything negative about the Clintons, they threatened to hunt down every member of my family and BOIL THEM ALIVE. 

Halper_Daniel.lower_.bioExcerpt from “My battle with the Clintons” in this week’s Politico, by author Daniel Halper:

…Of course, nearly everyone in Washington has seen the much-vaunted Clinton PR machine in action. It’s very predictable. Here’s how it works:

1) Media intimidation tactics: Following their usual method of operation, the first thing Team Clinton would do is attempt a media blackout. A producer with CNN said I’d never be able to get any airtime on her show because the Clintons punish networks that give space to their perceived enemies. So far, even claims in my book that were well sourced with on-the-record quotes—such as Bill Clinton offering counsel to John McCain in how to defeat Barack Obama in 2008—have been all but ignored by the mainstream media.

 (Photo by Mike Segar-Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Segar-Pool/Getty Images)

2) Defame and attack: There would be repeated efforts to turn me into a kook or right-wing hit man. Though they haven’t yet gone so far to label me a “crazed stalker” like they did with Monica Lewinsky, the reliable Clinton aide Nick Merrill has repeatedly deployed a classic Clinton spin line on my work—before it was even on sale, mind you, and presumably he hadn’t yet read it. “It’s sad to see Daniel Halper join the discredited and disgraced ranks” of other authors supposedly out to get them at all costs, he emailed the Huffington Post. Sadly, I received no credit from the Clintons or from Merrill for the praise of both Bill (that he’s a “political genius) and Hillary (that she’s “intensely likable”) in various parts of the book. Merrill also claimed I was just out “to make a buck.” Which I take it means that Bill and Hillary Clinton donated all the proceeds of their millions in book deals to charity?

3) The “old news” trick: A favorite gambit is to make any allegation unfavorable to the Clintons as old news. One of the best examples of this came from Clinton media minder Philippe Reines about a book by Jeff Gerth: “Is it possible to be quoted yawning?”Yawn. No biggie. You reporters are fools for even covering it…(read morePolitico

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2 Comments on “Author Daniel Halper: The Clinton Machine’s Counter-Attack Playbook Revealed”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet Excerpt from “My battle with the Clintons” in this week’s Politico, by author Daniel Halper: …Of course, nearly everyone in Washington has seen the much-vaunted Clinton PR machine in action. It’s very predictable. Here’s how it works: 1) Media intimidation tactics: Following their usual method of operation, the first thing Team Clinton would do is attempt a […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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