AP reports that a heated exchange between former President Clinton and KGO ABC7 reporter Mark Mathews is circulating on the Internet. (Here’s raw video.) During a campaign stop for his wife in Oakland Wednesday, Clinton became visibly annoyed when Mathews asked him whether Sen. Clinton’s campaign should take a stronger stand against a union’s lawsuit to keep casino workers from caucusing at special precincts in Nevada.

“I had nothing to do with that lawsuit and you know it,” said Bill Clinton, jabbing a finger at Mathews. “Get on your television station and say, ‘I don’t care about the home mortgage crisis.”

A federal judge threw out the lawsuit yesterday. A union with ties to Hillary Clinton had tried to prevent casino workers from caucusing at special precincts on the Las Vegas strip.

SF Press Club News


  1. President Clinton “visibly annoyed”? Interesting, it could be more accurately stated that Mark Mathews is visibly annoying. And to whomever posted this item, continue on with your quote please — don’t tangle partial statements as full facts. The former President says “if that’s your (referring to Mathews) position, go on the television and say ‘I (again referring to Mathews) don’t care about the home mortgage crisis. All I (aka Mr. Mathews!) care about is making sure some voters have it easier than others…” And as for Mr. Mathews, the “timing” of your ambush interview tactics and your insinuation about the Clinton campaign is highly suspect and “questionable”, as well as extremely low-ball and jingoistic. Unless you’re trying out for a Fox News Network job, this type of reporting is unwelcome in the Bay Area and a poor reflection on KGO.

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