We could say that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with Vox.com founder Ezra Klein, which is true, but that would be doing a disservice to the 30 or so people credited in the “Vox Media Storytelling Studio collaboration” that resulted in this lengthy piece promising a look at the Clinton that her friends and colleagues know, not the one America sees (and largely dislikes and distrusts).
Understanding Hillary Clinton: https://t.co/iAKN2BrYok
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 11, 2016
Spoiler: Hillary Clinton is a very, very good listener (if a bit difficult to have reached via her official state.gov email address), and Klein wants America to know that just might be her greatest strength.
He refers to the work of Deborah Tannen, author of several books (or, if you prefer, author of one book, published several times under different titles) on the differences in the way men and women communicate. Men talk, women listen — a disadvantage for Clinton in a political system dominated by standing and talking.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 11, 2016
Not that Clinton has a problem speaking confidently; after all, she told CNN back in May that her nomination was “already done, in effect,” and there was no way she wouldn’t be her party’s nominee. The problem is that the public sees only that Clinton, and misses out on her very special skill as a listener, something that only comes across in private exchanges with individuals and intimate groups. It’s a woman thing.
@voxdotcom This is a campaign ad.
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) July 11, 2016
A campaign ad? Just because it was so utterly one-sided that the Clinton campaign saw no downside in linking to it?
"Her way of dealing with the stories she hears is not just to repeat the story but to do something about the story." https://t.co/jje8cWi5Ep
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 11, 2016
.@voxdotcom Giving up all pretense of journalistic integrity, eh? At least you're finally honest about your bias.
— Never Forget (@Me_In_Jersey) July 11, 2016
In effect, yes, it’s a campaign ad, just as much as the front page of the New York Times every single day. But someone had to crow about Clinton’s most likable trait: in America’s male-dominated society, she can’t just come out and brag about herself.
@voxdotcom breaking; the entire premise of public speaking is misogynist
— jnls.reader (@subareader) July 11, 2016
@voxdotcom EVERYTHING IS SEXIST, Said the non-thinking morons to the left. Maybe Americans are just smarter than their journalists.
— Josh (@uncleoce) July 11, 2016
After a couple of reboots by the campaign itself, America still might not like or trust her, but at least it now understands Hillary Clinton, courtesy of Vox Media Storytelling.
@ezraklein More "reintroductions" and "repackaging" simply won't work. Her character has been exposed by her actions and it's ugly.
— Be Good, America (@BeGoodAmerica) July 11, 2016
@ezraklein a habitual liar. Don't trust anything she says.
— kevin lennon (@kevinclennon) July 11, 2016
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 11, 2016
@ezraklein Alt explanation: Public doesn't trust her because she lies. Constantly. Calculatedly. Comey and DOS IG est this beyond doubt.
— Bill Coleman (@colemanwb) July 11, 2016
@ezraklein An endearing stubborness & recklessness to pass on unsecured classified information while calling for disastrous regime changes?
— D Greco (@DMGRECO) July 11, 2016
How about having a 40 yr career of no discernable achievements, horrible judgement & greed & parlay that into great jobs?
— D Greco (@DMGRECO) July 11, 2016
@ezraklein Nothing more tedious and immaterial than these "the real X" pieces. And nobody is going to discover that they like the Clintons.
— Jerry Long (@Longbroscomedy) July 11, 2016
— Jason Bruzzichesi (@JBruzzichesi) July 11, 2016