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NY Times Endorses Holding Clinton To Separate Disclosure Standard

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Comparing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a "mischievous child," the New York Times editorial page has endorsed the idea that the Democratic front-runner be held to a new disclosure standard and compelled to release transcripts for the paid speeches she gave to banks as a private citizen.

She needs to do so, the Times insists, to prove that she's an honest person, otherwise "Mrs. Clinton fuels speculation about why she's stonewalling." It's all about bad optics, the Times claims: "Mrs. Clinton is laboring to convince struggling Americans that she will rein in big banks, despite taking their money."

The paper is sure that after winning Democratic votes in Iowa and Nevada and being heavily favored to do so again in South Carolina on Saturday, and in most of the Super Tuesday primary states next week, Clinton is "laboring" to convince voters of her intentions.

The key here is that a lot of other people have made money off paid speeches -- including speeches to financial institutions -- before becoming presidential candidates, and they weren't told over and over to release dozens of transcripts.

That list includes:

Mike Huckabee

Donald Trump

Ben Carson

Jeb Bush

Carly Fiorina

Mitt Romney

Herman Cain

Newt Gingrich

Rudy Giuliani

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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a (more...)

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