Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline — and dozens of reporters noticed something conspicuous about her announcement.
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes questions from the press after hosting a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The likely-Democratic nominee, who had said for weeks that she would soon reveal her position on the controversial pipeline, chose to announce her opposition as Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. for his historic visit.
With the national media fixated on live-coverage of the Pope's arrival, Clinton's announcement was overshadowed in the press, leading many to call it a textbook definition of a news dump.
For Journalism students, this is the text book definition of a news dump. https://t.co/IOQvtIECeE— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake) 1442953593.0
Curious timing for the Clinton campaign to dump the Keystone decision as everyone pays attention to @Pontifex— Andrew (@Andrew) 1442954443.0
Even better timing than Friday afternoon? RT @AP BREAKING: Hillary Clinton says she opposes construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline.— Brad Klapper (@Brad Klapper) 1442954029.0
Clinton’s timing is suspicious, obvi. But wouldn’t she try to hide the Keystone news behind the pope if she was announcing support for it?— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1442953982.0
Hillary Clinton just pulled off the Pope visit / Yom Kippur triple word score news dump. #Keystone #Leadership— Josh Rogin (@Josh Rogin) 1442954146.0
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