Caroline Kennedy Busts on New York Times Reporter in Interview

Published December 28, 2008

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U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Kennedy seemingly accused two New York Times reporters of working up a puff piece on her because they asked her in an interview when she decided she wanted to be the senator. 

After being criticized for not taking questions from the press recently now she's under scrutiny for the answers that she's given in a flurry of interviews in recent days. 

Three New York newspapers all published stories Sunday after interviewing Kennedy a day earlier at a diner in her upper East Side neighborhood of New York City.

The New York Daily News painted Kennedy as defiant, quoting her saying she would not be beholden to anyone. The New York Post cast the daughter of President John Kennedy and holder to the Camelot myth in warmer familial tones with headline saying her kids and husband are all aboard a run for the Senate and President-elect Barack Obama is encouraging her. 

But The New York Times said while Kennedy is forceful, she remains elusive, and noted that she never answered directly whether she would actually run in an election for the Senate seat if she weren't appointed first. 

Kennedy said she did think it would be easier for her to hold a campaign of sorts as a way for the public to get to know her before she gets selected by Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who is likely to join the Obama administration as its secretary of state.

" I think that actually a campaign would be an easier way, because I think it would give me a chance to explain exactly what I'm doing, why I would want to do this, and, you know, and get people to know me better," she said.

But Kennedy appeared to insult women's magazines when she responded to a question by one of the reporters to recall, for the sake of storytelling, the moment she decided that wanted to be the senator from New York.

"Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman's magazine or something?" she asked, to which the reporter countered by asking what she has against women's magazines?

"Nothing at all, but I thought you were the crack political team here," she answered.

The unscripted response was followed by Kennedy saying she wishes she could draw on a moment and will think about it a little more.

A female hopeful for the Senate seat apparently insulting women's magazines may not be received warmly despite her talk of her being a mother and spouse. 

It also highlights what many New York political insiders are questioning, which is the validity of her experience. Kennedy has never held political office or shaped public policy. But she has worked with the New York Board of Education for the last six years and said she can use her well-known name to focus attention on New York's need for a larger share of federal stimulus money.

Kennedy did not answer questions about the other candidates nor address how she would manage a position that also has to handle foreign affairs. There is a saying in New York politics that it's all about the three I's, Italy Ireland and Israel. The U.S. senator from the state must deal with constituencies that require deft handling.

FOX News' Courtney Kealy contributed to this report.

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