This site has regularly noted the growing impact of the UK media on American politics. Millions of Americans read British news websites every month. Left-leaning Americans are particularly keen on the BBC and Guardian America - the two UK media outfits with the biggest levels of penetration into the US domestic market (and with ambitions for deeper penetration). Gateway sites like Drudge, The Huffington Post and RealClearPolitics also help to ensure that articles written for UK markets are read widely in the States. Why then does Hillary Clinton keep snubbing British reporters? Hillary Clinton barred foreign journalists from her Iowa campaign party and she won't even talk to The Telegraph now. The Telegraph's Toby Harnden writes:
"In the hubbub of the spin room after last night’s Democratic debate in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, I introduced myself to Mandy Grunwald, Hillary Clinton’s media strategist, and prepared to ask a question. “Hi – you’re going to violate my I-only-speak-to-American-journalists…”, she said as I shook her hand... Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy platform states that “cooperative relationships have to be deepened and strengthened” across the globe while our “increasingly interconnected world demands an interconnected strategy”. I guess that doesn’t include the media."
So Hillary gets written down and Obama gets articles from Toby Harnden like this: "I'll see the world through your eyes". BritainAndAmerica knows of one of the Guardian group's most senior commentators who cannot even get Team Clinton to return his phone calls. If the election gets very tight Mrs Clinton may regret putting the Smallville Gazette ahead of the BBC.