Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Grinnell student paper breaks Clinton scandal

Some are calling it "Plant-gate."

The Scarlet and Black, the student newspaper at Grinnell College, broke a big political story last week when it reported that a Hillary Clinton campaign aide had asked a student from the Iowa college to pose a question about global warming to the presidential candidate.

Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff told her campus newspaper that audience questions at a Nov. 6 campaign event at a Newton, Iowa biodiesel plant were "canned." “One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask],” she told reporter Patrick Caldwell.

Clinton has said she wasn't aware the question had been planted.

The professional media has been all over the story ever since, with reports in The New York Times, the New York Post, The Nation and other media.

Interestingly, the Scarlet and Black didn't seem to realize just what a big scoop it had. The story ran on Page 2 of the newspaper's special 4-page "caucus insert" although it's the top story on the newspaper's home page.

Update: You can view a taped interview with Gallo-Chasanoff at CNN.com.

No comments: