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In money pitch, Clinton campaign objects to story about cleavage

In money pitch, Clinton campaign objects to story about cleavage

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is insulted by news coverage about her cleavage, but her presidential campaign is not above using the publicity to raise money.
Clinton's campaign e-mailed a solicitation Friday complaining about a story that sparked conversation across the Internet.
"Would you believe that The Washington Post wrote a 746-word article on Hillary's cleavage?" a campaign adviser asked in a fundraising pitch.
"Apparently, it was showing when she gave a speech in the Senate about the skyrocketing cost of higher education. Now, I've seen some off-topic press coverage _ but talking about body parts? That is grossly inappropriate," the adviser, Ann F. Lewis, wrote in the appeal.
The Post story was written by Robin Givhan, who won a Pulitzer Prize last year for criticism of fashion as well as what politicians' clothing says about their position and power.
"Showing cleavage is a request to be engaged in a particular way," Givhan wrote in the piece, which was published last Friday. "It doesn't necessarily mean that a woman is asking to be objectified, but it does suggest a certain confidence and physical ease."
Clinton's adviser argued the campaign should be about more serious problems, and that Clinton "has what it takes to solve these problems."
"But first, she has to win," Lewis wrote. "And only your support _ in whatever amount, large or small _ will help make that happen."


Updated : 2021-10-21 06:25 GMT+08:00