CNN and MSNBC hit Hillary on her lack of press conferences, now Politico has hit Hillary similarly.

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  1. Jess13 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    CNN and MSNBC.

    Hillary Clinton, rarely seen, rarely heard

    The Democrat lets reporters trail her but tucks them away to keep them out of sight and herself out of reach.

    Hillary Clinton has never felt comfortable with the traveling political press.

    As first lady, she would sometimes arrange travel for herself and Chelsea separate from her husband, partly to avoid the protective pool of reporters assigned to the president. In 2008, she “fought tooth and nail,” former aides said, to avoid sharing the plane with her press corps and relented only when her campaign was running out of money and had to either bring the reporters on board or downgrade to commercial.

    And in 2016, with plenty of cash and a winning position in the race, Clinton has managed to keep the press at arm’s length – preserving her private plane as a refuge where the only people around are her trusted campaign aides.

    That changes on Labor Day, when the reporters and their press-leery candidate will for the first time board a “Stronger Together”-wrapped 737 from New York to Ohio to Iowa, and remain flying companions for the final stretch of the campaign.

    Her team insists Clinton is on board with the set-up, despite her distrust of the national media. "She does understand that there is very good reason why it's important for everyone to be together in the thick of a general election,” said her traveling spokesman Nick Merrill. “We're going wrap the plane in blue and get on it together. There's a desire to be efficient and be able to do things a little more impromptu.”

    But closer quarters are no guarantee of a new level of access. “The times she'll go back and schmooze will be few and far between,” predicted one longtime Clinton ally. “She'll send other people back there, instead.”

    Indeed, trailing Clinton since she has become the Democratic nominee has been less about developing a relationship with the candidate and more like a sensory deprivation experience.

    When she’s speaking at a fundraiser, reporters camped outside can sometimes hear a muffled voice but can rarely make out her actual words. When she’s greeting voters at a coffee shop or on a rope line after a rally, the former secretary of state often looks right through the reporters hovering around her, like they don’t exist. And when she does acknowledge their physical presence, she smiles through the questions barked at her and encourages reporters to sample a coffee, or a chocolate, instead.

    There are full days when the rotating pool of traveling press does not even set eyes on Clinton (in one instance earlier this month, Clinton slipped out to Martha’s Vineyard from New York, ditching the pool of reporters assigned to cover her altogether).

  2. ibookg409 Suspended


    Apr 20, 2016
    Portsmouth, NH
    Pig Hillary sucks. Zero transparency.
  3. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    Maybe she can fire up the old "Scooby Van". That'll show how she's just like the "little people" :D

    Hillary Scooby Van.png

    If the MSM hits on this enough, she'll have to do something. This is tough because you know her people are looking for some way to get her out there without getting her out there.

    This is one of her weakest points, she's NOT a people person, she never has been.
  4. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    She's not avoiding press conferences. She's been answering many questions from selected interviewers and opening jars on TV.
  5. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    She has to avoid open questions from the press as she will just get caught up in more and more lies. By not speaking to the press, she can keep saying, "I don't recall" and not get caught.
  6. Jess13 thread starter Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    CNN panel slams Clinton's 'unacceptable' email behavior and excuses

    Black panelist: “[...] there was still quite a bit that was unacceptable and surprising and shocking to a lot of voters, I think this will matter because it really—I think for people it [Hillary’s lies and excuses] defies their common sense test.”
  7. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    Meanwhile, in the real world...


    The only people whining are the egocentric, holier-than-thou national press corpse, who look down their conceited noses at any press not in their little elite clique. People like the hacks at Tiger Beat on the Potomac* in the OP. The pathetic excuse for what they call actual "reporting" in the elite 'Paper of Record' New York Times lately raises questions whether they deserve to be taken seriously. Those links use terms like "malpractice" and "systemic failure" to describe news "reporting" published by the NYT. I could do a similar litany of links for the AP's recent "reporting" too. Even Tiger Beat OTP publishes hackish stuff deserving of scorn.

    So, yea "serious" national press keep crying rivers over not getting press conferences you clearly don't deserve.

    * h/t Chucky Pierce
  8. Jess13 thread starter Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    The Atlantic, definitely liberal-leaning, now attacks Hillary’s ********, labeling her excuses ‘weaksauce’:

    Clinton's Weaksauce Excuses for Not Holding Press Conferences

    Tim Kaine mocked Trump for cowardice in Mexico, but as many reporters were quick to note, at least the Republican was willing to take some questions.

    [...] On CBS’s This Morning, Kaine said Trump “didn’t have the guts to look the Mexican president in the eye and bring up the central position in the campaign,” i.e., who would pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border.

    Trump did at least take a few questions from reporters in Mexico City. Why, then, was Clinton not giving more press conferences?

    “You see Hillary take questions from reporters every day,” Kaine said. “She talks to the press everywhere she goes.” He immediately got push back from the hosts. “Really?” Kelly O’Donnell asked.

    “I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press wherever you go,” Kaine replied. But many reporters, especially those who spend their time on the trail with Clinton, begged to disagree.

    Clinton has also not yet set up a “protective pool,” a crew of reporters who travel with her on her campaign plane, which is typical. The Clinton team cited the fact that Trump didn’t have one either as a reason for the lag, but then Trump announced a pool. (It isn’t going totally smoothly: The designated pool reporter on Wednesday didn’t have a passport handy for Trump’s trip to Mexico, due to a last-minute announcement, and the campaign wouldn’t provide transportation for a fill-in.) Kaine said Thursday that a pool is coming as soon as next week.

    The lack of a pool, or going this long without a press conference, would be notable for any candidate, but they stand out in particular with Clinton, who has developed a reputation for secrecy. In fact, her refusal to hold a press conference and the continuing series of damaging stories about her private email address and server are locked in a feedback loop: The system look like it was designed in part to avoid the prying eyes of the press; the press can’t ask questions about it during a press conference; and that just reinforces the idea that there’s something being hidden, and something to hide.

    [continue for Her excuses]​

    The Charlotte Observer, apparently liberal-leaning itself, hits Hillary as one with a ‘transparency problem’:

    Why Hillary should meet the press


    Hillary Clinton’s last press conference was a small event, just eight questions from reporters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The reporters asked about gun control and terrorism, mental health issues and civil liberties. It was Dec. 5, 2015.

    That’s 274 days ago, if you’re counting. Lots of people are.

    Clinton’s opponents gleefully and regularly mention it. Journalists keep track in reports and on social media. The Washington Post even has a ticker.

    Does it matter?

    Clinton’s campaign – and the candidate herself – say this is a non-story. They say that Clinton has done more than 300 interviews this year, which is true.

    Those 300-plus interviews, however, are hand-picked and often come with ground rules. The closest she’s come to a press conference was on August 5, when she answered questions after a speech at a dual convention of black and Hispanic journalists. But those questioners were pre-selected by the event’s moderators.

    That’s different than standing in a room full of reporters, with cameras on you and no certainty of what’s coming next. Why is that important? Because press conferences are tough. They require quick thinking and thoughtfulness. They demand patience and poise. All of which happen to be things we want to see in our leaders.


    Such are the hazards of answering questions on the fly – your responses can be clipped and GIFed and turned into ammunition for your opponents. Clinton, who is leading in most polls, has decided not to take the risk.

    Is that disqualifying for the presidency? No. Is it as problematic as, say, Donald Trump’s incendiary and racist worldview? We don’t believe so.

    But it is troubling. Clinton has a transparency problem. Her intent on controlling what people know about her runs counter to the openness that we expect from public officials. She’s shown no inclination to bend to that expectation; in fact, her resistance to doing so led to the carelessness of her personal email server.​

    Clinton News Network’s money department clowns on Hillary for her hiding, the subheading very illustrative:

    Clinton campaign unmoved by press squawks over lack of press conferences

    The last time Hillary Clinton held a formal press conference, David Bowie was alive, Bernie Sanders was on the cover of Rolling Stone and not a single American had cast a vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries.

    Clinton's refusal to hold another press conference is well documented and has been drawing scrutiny for weeks. Yet even in September, both Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, dismiss the issue by claiming that the nominee speaks to reporters all the time -- a misleading assertion that is drawing increasing ire from the reporters who cover her.

    On Thursday, Kaine told "CBS This Morning," "You see Hillary take questions from reporters every day," a claim reporters who cover Clinton described to CNNMoney as extremely misleading.

    Clinton has not held a formal press conference with the national media since December 5, 2015. She has not even held a gaggle -- an informal fielding of questions that no political observer would mistake for a press conference -- since July. In the entire month of August, she did two national television interviews, both of them by phone. (That is, unless you count her in-person appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!")

    This is a stark contrast to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has held at least 15 press conferences this year (16 if you count his brief Q&A session in Mexico City this week) and in terms of interviews has been one of the most accessible presidential candidates in modern history.

    Brian Fallon, a Clinton campaign spokesperson, declined to address Kaine's remarks or the lack of a formal press conference in 2016.

    [continue for more detailing of Hillary’s clownery]​

    The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board publishes piece saying that Hillary is overdue [to quit hiding]:

    Editorial Hillary Clinton is overdue for a freewheeling news conference

    Neither presidents nor presidential candidates are under any legal obligation to hold regular news conferences. But periodically submitting to questions from a diverse group of reporters is a way to demonstrate accountability to the public and an incentive to stay abreast of the issues.

    Hillary Clinton surely knows that, yet it has been almost nine months since she has held a news conference. It took place on Dec. 5, before the first primary was held, when she was still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders — and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (remember him?) — for the Democratic presidential nomination she formally secured in June. A lot has happened since then.


    Clinton acts as if it doesn’t matter that she avoids the hurly-burly of news conferences so long as she talks to journalists in other situations. When CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently asked her during an interview whether she would hold a news conference, her response was: “Well, Anderson, I'm talking to you right now.”

    And she was — including about charges that donors to the Clinton Foundation had improper influence on the State Department during her tenure as secretary of State. But a one-on-one television conversation is no substitute for a freewheeling news conference with multiple questioners.

    Will that sort of event touch on topics Clinton might prefer to avoid? Will it force her to think on her feet? Will it include unwelcome, challenging and sometimes even hostile questions? Of course, but given widespread doubts about her trustworthiness and transparency, Clinton needs to confront such questions in a relatively unpredictable environment. Her continued refusal to enter that arena makes her look fearful and defensive.

    The tabloid-ish press also is now publishing stories to ask, essentially: why is Hillary being such a coward?

    Where in the World is Hillary Clinton? Candidate Hasn't Had a Press Conference in 272 Days

    Political pundits have been asking where in the world is Hillary Clinton?

    MSNBC’s Ari Melber recently brought up that the Democratic presidential candidate has not been seen publicly in quite some time.

    He asked guests on his show: “Is Hillary Clinton in some sort of candidate witness protection program, is she the first candidate to ever have to balance fund-raising with public appearances, because just to be real — you know we do real talk here — when you are going to fundraisers that doesn’t mean you can’t hold any public events for six days. I say this to you upbeat, it’s not the biggest story in the world, but what’s going on here?"

    Clinton hasn't had a public appearance in a week; and she hasn't held a press conference in 272 days.​

    Anyone with any integrity and intellectual honesty already has concluded that Hillary is totally unfit to be president, that she is pure evil and the worst 2016 candidate so terrible that she is worse than Trump and Cruz combined. But it is encouraging when liberal-leaning and generally Hillary-friendly media starts to sing a chorus of ‘Clowning on Her,’ the biggest clown running for POTUS.
  9. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    Yes, let's look at this supposed weaksauce:

    The first is that she talks to reporters all the time. Clinton does give interviews, though not as many as Trump; the Clinton campaign tallied 350 this year alone.

    Only 350 interviews! In 251 days! Why that's perfectly reclusive. :rolleyes:

    But they tend to be carefully chosen sit-downs with a single journalist—Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Andrea Mitchell;...

    I guess single journalists don't count because they're outnumbered and overmatched against a single candidate. :rolleyes:

    Speaking to local media is a favorite strategy, turned into art by President Obama. It gives a politician valuable face time but guarantees a greater focus on topics of local interest,...

    Local rubes don't count because they only ask about things people actually care about. :rolleyes:

    The second is that she should get credit for town-hall meetings and for an appearance to the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

    Taking questions from assembled groups of Black or Hispanic journalists don't count, because... race card? Duly noted.

    There’s one additional reason for reticence these days: The Clinton campaign spent much of August in semi-hibernation, figuring that it was better to let Donald Trump make his own life miserable and stay out of the way than risk distracting from it. That’s one more reason not to make news with a press conference. That might (or might not) be good strategy, but since the role of reporters is to ask questions and hold leaders accountable, the political wisdom is neither here nor there.

    Ah, so Clinton is wrong for choosing not to do something adverse to her strategic interests. Because doing something clearly stupid is precisely what people look for in choosing a president. :rolleyes:

    Yup, The Atlantic's whining is pretty weak sauce indeed.
  10. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Has she held a press conference or not?

    Why would holding a press conference where you can't pre-authorize questions be adverse to her strategic interests? What is she trying to hide besides the fact that she's a filthy lieing scumbag unrelatable lawyeresque robotic reptile?
  11. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest

    The Press basically invented the "gotcha" question. And the sort of "press conference" they are complaining about not getting is the perfect environment to spring them on a politician or public figure.

    It's not that Hillary Clinton lacks poise or confidence. It's just that she's smart enough not to subject herself - or her campaign - to the sort of scenario that has very high risks, and virtually no upside.

    Most voters don't care in the slightest about "press conferences". They see a candidate talking to journalists on TV, and they can see for themselves what her position on various issues is.

    Hillary Clinton has good judgement. And is smart enough not to risk the possibility of an embarrassing gaffe. That's the sort of good judgement I'd be looking for in President. Someone smart enough not to risk our troops, or our national reputation, in some venture with much more downside than upside.
  12. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Thats the biggest reason. There isn't any legal requirement to hold press confereneces and if it isn't something that benefits you at all, there is no reason to engage in it.

    This isn't to say negaitvily to anyone. Hillary knows that there is nothing to be gained at a press conference that she cannot get by one on one interviews or at town halls. She also knows that all that will be talked about is email, Benghazi, her helath or other useless topics that are made up and have long been addressed by the campaign. In other words - asked and answered. The press doesn't care about that and will just spin it negitivly. The press wants a horse race and will spin things to make it look that way. That means take a normally strong compentent candidate and put her on level ground with a baffoon like Trump.

    Hillary knows that its a con and doesn't want to play that game. No upside to her.
  13. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014

    Clearly the AP shows they deserve the honor and respect of a press conference... :rolleyes:
    --- Post Merged, Sep 4, 2016 ---
    Answered in the post you quote. Try reading before you click Post Reply.
  14. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    If I were her I wouldn't hold a press conference either. Unlike Trump who kinda just blurts out whatever comes to mind!
  15. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    I tend to agree. Why should she put herself out there and open up? She's using political rope-a-dope.
  16. Jess13, Sep 4, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016

    Jess13 thread starter Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    ABC grilling Her running mate since Crooked Hillary won’t give press conferences to take tough questions.

    Raddatz Grills Kaine on Clinton Emails: Don’t Americans ‘Deserve a Better Explanation’?

    ABC’s Martha Raddatz really grilled Tim Kaine today on why his running mate isn’t offering more of an explanation of her emails beyond “I made a mistake,” given new information released by the FBI.

    Raddatz asked, Don’t the American people deserve a better explanation?

    Kaine insisted they have, said the notes clearly show why the FBI did not have a case to prosecute, and repeated the claim that Clinton used only one device. (The FBI notes confirm she used quite a number of devices.)

    Raddatz pointed to how little Americans trust Clinton and why “shouldn’t she be answering questions on this.” Twice in a row Kaine changed the subject to Donald Trump asking Russia to find Clinton’s missing emails, suggested a connection to the DNC leak, and invoked Watergate.​

    Hillary cannot give a better explanation because she’s a lying bitch, and her 40+ times during FBI interview “forgetfulness” is fakery because she has committed numerous crimes and hopes that by pretending she’s completely incompetent she won’t suffer repercussions: “I’m too stupid for you to prosecute me! But let me lead the country.” Hillary is totally criminal, she is unfit to become POTUS. Which is funny because, barring a miracle, Hillary will be POTUS. If her last name wasn’t Clinton she would already be imprisoned.

    It’s bad when Clinton News Network laughs out loud at ******** excuses for The Clown. Haha :p

    CNN Panel Bursts Out Laughing at Tim Kaine’s Defense of Clinton’s Press Transparency

    After CNN’s John King played a clip of Tim Kaine defending how accessible Hillary Clinton has been to the press, he and the rest of his panel reacted by laughing.

    In the clip (from a CBS interview days ago), Kaine says, “I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press everywhere you go. She talks to the press a lot.”

    They all just burst out laughing.
  17. Jess13, Sep 4, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016

    Jess13 thread starter Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    Clinton News Network tries sneakily to misinform its viewers: “Hillary’s polling is dropping like flies. Place Now to the left instead of right, the Hill-bots will never notice.”

  18. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Hillary has decided to rent an airplane to keep the press happy. It's unclear if she is actually going to talk to them.

  19. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  20. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    She's not stupid. She knows her favorability plummets the more she's in front of the press and camera.

    She's playing the hand she has well. It would be a mistake to cater to her weakness and bolster Trumps chances.
  21. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    Poor little spoiled children all demanding reach-arounds. She ought to just open the door and push them out at 30,000 feet.
  22. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    How dare the little reporters demand transparency from their presidential candidates. Just who do they think they are? The press?
  23. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    She knows better, she'd pay someone to make it look like an accident.
  24. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    They don't give a rat's ass about transparency. They just want their little egos massaged.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 5, 2016 ---
    Works for me.
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