Responding to an online commenter who said that a lot of women are "getting incredibly angry about the progressively dismissive way" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "gets treated by the [New York Times columnist Maureen] Dowds and [MSNBC host Chris] Matthews of the world," The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut asserted, "I think there is something to that" and "certainly Chris Matthews has taken her on quite aggressively over the last few weeks."
In an entry on The Trail, titled "A Clinton Shift in Selling Health Plan," The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut wrote, "When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced her health care proposal, she emphasized its centrist nature: a business-friendly model that would allow consumers maximum choice," adding, "But ... Clinton honed in this weekend with a more traditionally liberal aspect of her plan: It would require all people to get health insurance, with a goal of achieving universal health care." In so doing, Kornblut suggested that Clinton's emphasis on the "universal" aspect of her health care plan is new, without offering any evidence to support that suggestion. In fact, when Clinton introduced her plan, she repeatedly referred to the fact that it is "universal" and "covers all Americans." And since introducing it, she has repeatedly stressed its focus on universal coverage.
Washington Post reporter Anne E. Kornblut claimed that during the October 30 Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton "seemed to contradict a directive from her husband [former President Bill Clinton], who in 2002 wrote a letter suggesting archivists consider correspondence between him and his wife for withholding." Kornblut did not note that, in fact, it was moderator Tim Russert who misrepresented Bill Clinton's 2002 letter by characterizing it as a "ban" on the release of the correspondence; the letter did not ask that such communications "not be made available" but, rather, as Kornblut reported, listed them as documents to be "considered for withholding." Further, Clinton adviser Bruce Lindsey has stated that "Bill Clinton has not asked that records related to communications with Senator Clinton be withheld."
Responding to a reader's question about an article she co-wrote, The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut stated, "We asked Sen. [Hillary Rodham] Clinton what she would do, upon taking office, about special interrogation methods ... such as waterboarding or sexual humiliation. ... And her response was simply that she opposes torture, which of course is also the current policy." But according to a transcript of the interview, Clinton was not specifically asked about "waterboarding or sexual humiliation," and she did not refuse to say whether she would prohibit such measures. Indeed, she said that she would "draw a bright line and say 'No torture,' " and that she would "abide by the Geneva conventions, [and] abide by the laws we have passed."
The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was "vague about how she would handle special interrogation methods used by the CIA." Adding, "She said that while she does not condone torture, so much has been kept secret that she would not know unless elected what other extreme measures interrogators are using, and therefore could not say whether she would change or continue existing policies." But blogger Greg Sargent later reported that Kornblut and Balz omitted from their article Clinton's statement that "I think we have to draw a bright line and say 'No torture -- abide by the Geneva conventions, abide by the laws we have passed,' and then try to make sure we implement that."