Still doesn;t matter. These slobbering sycophants will all be voting for her. But it’s worth considering how harsh a GOP candidate would be treated if they so scrupulously avoided the media.
Welcome to day 29 of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign!
In those 29 days – including April 12, the day she announced, and today – Clinton has taken a total of eight questions from the press. That breaks out to roughly one question every 3.6 days. Of late, she’s taken even fewer questions than that. According to media reports, the last day Clinton answered a question was April 21 in New Hampshire; that means that she hasn’t taken a question from the media in 20 straight days.
Carly Fiorina, one of the many newly minted Republicans running for president, is doing everything she can to shine a light on Clinton’s close-mouthed approach with the press. This came from Fiorina deputy campaign manager Sasha Isgur Flores this morning:
“In the last eight days, Carly has been interviewed almost 30 times and answered well over 300 questions. She continues to impress voters, pundits, and reporters alike with her willingness to share her thoughts and ideas – and to answer any question, from whether she likes hot dogs to how she would tackle the crisis in the Middle East. … This is in stark contrast to many other candidates – and most especially to Hillary Clinton.”
And it’s not just the Republican candidates attacking Clinton on her silence. The New York Times posted an item on its “First Draft” blog last week titled “Questions for Hillary Clinton: Immigration” in which Amy Chozick wrote: “This is the first installment of a regular First Draft feature in which The Times will publish questions we would have asked Mrs. Clinton had we had the opportunity.” And, late last month, I offered up seven questions Clinton should answer.
The Clinton campaign’s response to all of this? Blah. Reporters whining – like they always do. And, as every Clinton staffer is quick to note, she has answered questions from lots of regular people during her first month as a candidate – holding roundtables in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. They are also quick to note that she makes opening statements at these roundtables.
Yes, she answers questions prepared for her in advance and reads off notes while answering them. So brave.