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Friday, March 7, 2008

Obama Adviser Resigns after "Monster" Comment

CNN has reported that Samantha Power has resigned after comments she made off the record were publicized, in which she stated Hillary Clinton was a "monster." According to CNN:

“'With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today,' Power said in a statement issued by the campaign. 'Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.'

The Obama campaign said that the decision was Power’s, and stressed that 'she was an adviser, not a paid staffer.'

Gerri Peev (that name doesn't invite any editorial comments, does it?), the Scottish reporter who wrote the article, defended herself to Norah O'Donnell today on MSNBC. O'Donnell pointedly asked her: In America off the record means something very specific, do you not follow that in Scotland?

Peev responded, as did her paper, that she couldn't pass up the opportunity to show the tensions behind the scenes of the campaigns. She says it wasn't off the record because Power waited for her to turn on the tape recorder. She says in Scotland once you start taping it's all on the record and people can't take back what they say by later claiming it's "off the record."

That's fine if you're interviewing a Scottish national who understands the rules of the game, but if you're interviewing an American who has a different understanding of "off the record" and they say it immediately after making the comment, as did Power, you should respect that tradition.

First the Canadians, now the Scots. Whose next, the Chinese?

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