Posted by: mobrienweiss | January 24, 2013

How did Clinton do in her congressional testimony? Depends on who you ask.

As she prepared to leave the office of U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton testified before Congress yesterday about her tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat and about the attack on American diplomats in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 during which several Americans died, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

It was big news unfolding as Clinton fended off heated criticism — which came largely along party lines — and at times, she became irritated by the pointed nature of some of her questioners’ inquiries. Some of those questioners, likewise, became irritated with her. However, I thought it was, for the most part, civilized.

However when one takes a gander at the flurry of tweets on Twitter and the front pages of today’s newspapers, responses to her appearance vary wildly.

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The New York Post went with a ferocious caricature that maligned Clinton as a screaming monster who scares her husband.

fox news hillaryThe Huffington Post called out Fox News for mocking Clinton in a sexist fashion (see above).

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The New York Times went with a contemplative image of Clinton on its cover.

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The Washington Post’s “She the People” blog depicted Clinton as in charge and absolutely owning the hearing.

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The Wall Street Journal seemed to select a middle-of-the-road image of the outgoing Secretary.

Twitter, meanwhile, has been awash with viewpoints both pro and con Clinton’s testimony and the media’s coverage of it. I searched #hillaryclinton on Twitter and found this. Check out the tweets, the good, the bad, the ugly.

What do you think of the way her testimony is being played by the various media outlets and online? Missed the testimony? Here are some video snippets so you can decide for yourself.



  1. I understand that various media outlets may feel differently about Hillary Clinton’s testimony, but I personally think that coverage of the Benghazi Hearing should have been focused on the conclusion of the day’s events, and what Americans were able to learn about the September attack in Libya and how the State Department handled the situation. In my opinion, objectivity “rules the day” in news coverage.

  2. No matter what Hillary Clinton says or does, she will be loved by some and hated by others. These news organizations that depict her testimony in good or bad lights do not so much show how her testimony went, but rather show what the media outlet thinks of her. The blatant spinning of this story is somewhat absurd. How, in one testimony, can someone be two extremes as the media has portrayed her to be? I agree with Karin, the focus should have been on the real news, what came out of the Benghazi Hearing and not the facial expressions that Hillary Clinton made.

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