(Maggie Haberman/New York Times)

Hillary Clinton Hides From Reporters During New Hampshire Parade

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing a new wave of criticism after it was reported that journalists were “roped off” from Clinton during a July Fourth parade in New Hampshire.

While walking and talking to potential voters, Clinton’s campaign aides set up a rope between the journalists and the candidate. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn said that Clinton “continues to demonstrate her obvious contempt and disdain for the Granite State’s style of grassroots campaigning.” Horn went on to call the use of a rope “a sad joke and insults the traditions of our first-in-the-nation primary.”

 This is the second time within several weeks that the Clinton campaign has been accused of denying a reporter access to at least one campaign event.

Maggie Haberman, Presidential campaign correspondent for the NY Times, tweeted “Spectacle of Clinton as candidate – press being pulled along with a rope, Benghazi protester screams “carpetbagger”

Fox News and The New York Times also reported that the event was marked by a handful of protesters heckling Clinton.  The protesters were holding signs and shouting questions to Mrs. Clinton about her involvement with the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed.

Regarding the rope fiasco, the Clinton Campaign told CNN: “While the GOP might want to spin a good yarn on this, let’s not get tied up in knots. We wanted to accommodate the press, allow (Clinton) greet voters (sic.) And allow the press to be right there in the parade with her, as opposed to preset locations.”