Journalists Under Close Watch at Clinton Global Initiative

By Jordan Chariton 

Clinton GlobalThe New York Times’ Amy Chozick reports journalists haven’t been given much breathing room at this week’s Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City. Chozick, who is on the Hillary beat, was even escorted when nature called.

But, for me, perhaps the person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom. She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.

An escort is required wherever we go, lest one of us with our yellow press badges wind up somewhere where attendants with an esteemed blue badge are milling around. When asked about the practice, Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the initiative, directed me to a press release about American Standard’s Flush for Good campaign to improve sanitation for three million people in the developing world. “Since you are so interested in bathrooms and C.G.I,” Mr. Minassian said.

Erin Burnett was among the tvnewsers to interview former Pres. Clinton at CGI this week. Last night, Burnett moderated a special CNN town hall with the 42nd president. Topics ranged from U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, to the Ray Rice domestic violence suspension.