Fox News pushed back on reports on Monday that there was an “exclusive arrangement” with conservative writer Peter Schweizer to pursue reporting based on his research into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
In a piece on Sunday The New York Times said it, The Washington Post, and Fox News had “exclusive agreements” with Schweizer to “pursue story lines in the book. In a statement to TPM, Fox denied any type of exclusive deal.
Here’s the statement from Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente:
We have secured the television exclusive to report on the forthcoming book, Clinton Cash, as all major news outlets have done for decades with a multitude of books. There is no exclusive arrangement to ‘pursue story lines’ — we have conducted our own independent research and reporting on the contents of the book. This was the same process we used in securing an advance copy of 13 Hours and Things That Matter, which were both the subject of one-hour FOX News documentaries.
In an email to TPM, NYT Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan said “We had access to some material in the book, but we wanted to do our own reporting.”