A Previous Media Clinton Critic Rethinks Position

On March 25, Hillary Clinton met with reporters and editors of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper that has been severely critical of her. In many respects, her visit marked another one of her acts to change people’s traditional views on her and her platform. Clinton’s direct and human element in this recent encounter won over some of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s staff, and could help Clinton in her current bid for Pennsylvania.

Richard M. Scaife, owner of the Tribune-Review, writes:

The very morning that she came to the Trib, our editorial page raised questions about her campaign and criticized her on several other scores.

Reading that, a lesser politician — one less self-assured, less informed on domestic and foreign issues, less confident of her positions — might well have canceled the interview right then and there.

Sen. Clinton came to the Trib anyway and, for 90 minutes, answered questions.

Her meeting and her remarks during it changed my mind about her.

Walking into our conference room, not knowing what to expect (or even, perhaps, expecting the worst), took courage and confidence. Not many politicians have political or personal courage today, so it was refreshing to see her exhibit both.

Scaife signaled that Tribune-Review will wait until hearing from Barack Obama before making an endorsement.