WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Aussie activist Bindi Irwin was reportedly “saddened [and] frustrated” when the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to drastically edit an article she wrote for the secretary’s e-journal.
Bindi – who is the daughter of Steve Irwin, better known as the Crocodile Hunter – told the Herald Sun of Australia that she took time from her studies to pen an essay of almost 1,000 words about the overpopulation of the planet.
When she saw the revised version, however, she almost didn’t recognize the piece.
“When I got the essay back after they edited it, it was completely different,” she was quoted as saying. “I hadn’t said anything they had put in … my words were twisted and altered and changed. I was a little bit shocked to tell you the truth.”
She added, “I was really sad and I think it was more frustration because I’m trying so hard to get the message across and I guess some people don’t want to listen – the true test of freedom of speech is when someone says something you don’t like.”
The paper learned that Bindi was not discouraged by the incident – in fact, she spoke highly of Clinton while being interviewed.
“It hasn’t damaged my admiration for Hillary Clinton,” she was quoted as saying. “I would love to see her running for president [of the United States] one day because she’s doing a really great job.”
The State Department has not yet responded to the Herald Sun’s request for comment.