NYT to Hillary: Release Speech Transcripts

Grey Lady takes other grey lady to task

Well color me surprised, The New York Times is chastising Hillary Clinton. In an editorial released on Thursday, The Times said that Clinton needs to release the transcripts of those well-paid speeches she gave to big banks and Wall Street firms:

“Everybody does it,” is an excuse expected from a mischievous child, not a presidential candidate. But that is Hillary Clinton’s latest defense for making closed-door, richly-paid speeches to big banks, which many middle-class Americans still blame for their economic pain, and then refusing to release the transcripts.

Clinton has  said she will release all her paid speeches if everyone, including the Republican candidates still in the running do the same. Not good enough, says The Times:

Voters have every right to know what Mrs. Clinton told these groups. In July, her spokesman Nick Merrill said that though most speeches were private, the Clinton operation “always opened speeches when asked to.” Transcripts of speeches that have been leaked have been pretty innocuous. By refusing to release them all, especially the bank speeches, Mrs. Clinton fuels speculation about why she’s stonewalling.

Her conditioning her releases on what the Republicans might or might not do is mystifying. Republicans make no bones about their commitment to Wall Street deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Mrs. Clinton is laboring to convince struggling Americans that she will rein in big banks, despite taking their money.

In 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, Clinton earned $11 million in paid speaking engagements to some of the biggest companies in America,