Clinton Paid, Tipped For Meal, So NPR Corrects Story
November 8, 2007 at 11:31 AM (PT)
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO has issued a correction to a story it ran on THURSDAY suggesting that HILLARY CLINTON and her campaign staff stiffed a waitress out of a tip and was comped the meal at a BOONE, IOWA restaurant.
The report on "MORNING EDITION" by DAVID GREENE quoted MAID-RITE restaurant waitress ANITA ESTERDAY about her discomfort in talking to CLINTON and later hearing her story used by the candidate in a stump speech, and quoted ESTERDAY as saying "I don't think she understood at all what I was saying. I mean, nobody got left a tip that day ... Maybe they don't carry money. I don't know."
After the story aired, CLINTON's campaign contacted NPR and said that the campaign paid $157 for the meal on OCTOBER 9 and left a $100 tip, confirmed by the restaurant's manager BRAD CRAWFORD, who said that he believes the tip was left with another employee but that there was no tip left on the table where CLINTON sat. CRAWFORD's wife told FOX NEWS that the tips were distributed to workers, including ESTERDAY.