Hill’s statement on Obama camp should be considered with caution

“Obama vows to ‘change’ America” (8/29) is in many ways an admirable article, but its author, when quoting Yale diplomat-in-residence Charles Hill, ought to have noted that Hill was a top foreign-policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. News readers who know of Hill’s recent political activism might view differently his comment that Barack Obama’s campaign has been “fairly bereft of any but slight indicators of what specific policies he has in mind.”

In fact, this reader is curious if Hill himself disclosed the Giuliani connection before giving a quotation to the reporter. It’s a connection far more relevant than the modest sums that many Yale staff members, faculty and students (my Obama-supporting self included) give to political campaigns.

Mark Oppenheimer

Director, Yale Journalism Initiative

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