Which reporters did the Clinton White House like?
A 1995 memo from then-first lady Press Secretary Lisa Caputo to Hillary Clinton and others gave a pretty good glimpse into which reporters they considered their friends. The memo was included in the National Archives' document dump Friday of Clinton administration files.
The memo, listing traveling press to China and Mongolia, was as follows:
"1. Terry Hunt, AP -- Chief White House correspondent. He is a fan of yours and therefore he will have high expectations. He is very fair and an all around good person.
2. Larry McQuillan, Reuters -- White House correspondent. Second to Gene Gibbons. Larry has the reputation for being one of if not the nicest reporters in the White House Press Corps. He interviewed you last winter about your work on behalf of the Gulf War veterans and wrote a very positive story.
3. Andrea Mitchell, NBC -- Former White House correspondent. She was replaced by Brian Williams, whom NBC is grooming to take over for Tom Brokaw. Andrea now covers the State Department. She is a very aggressive and a very good reporter.
4. Claire Shipman, CNN-- White House correspondent. She is CNN's newest White House hire, covering the White House with Wolf Blitzer and Jill Doherty. Claire was with us on our trip to South Asia. She is very fair and positive toward you. She is also very easy going.
5. Ann Compton, ABC -- White House correspondent. Second to Brit Hume. Ann has covered the White House for years, usually doing spots for Good Morning America. Ann can be aggressive, but is usually very fair. I believe we made her a Hillary fan on the South Asia trip."