We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the mainstream media might hate Donald Trump and love Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean for a second that she loves them back.
Speaking live by phone with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, Clinton dodged a question about when she might hold a press conference (it’s been more than 260 days, after all), reminding Cooper that she was talking to him right that moment — so she does talk to the press. Plus, she’s held hundreds of interviews with hard hitters like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel.
— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) August 25, 2016
How about a real press conference, in a room full of reporters whose questions haven’t been pre-screened? “Stay tuned” is the best she could answer, noting how much she looks forward to the opportunity.
If there’s one area that Clinton has down, it’s sticking to the playbook. At the end of May, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Clinton about the long dry spell between press conferences, to which she gave the same response: not only had she given hundreds of interviews; she was “shocked” by just how many interviews she’d done. Not one of them was a press conference, of course.
Clinton resisting calls to hold a press conference: She's acting, in some ways, as if she's already president https://t.co/aKdSi6NBrP
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 25, 2016
Well, obviously. And when she’s president and has even less to gain from talking to reporters, why should anyone expect her to change? One thing remains clear: her supporters are perfectly fine with her running out the clock.
@brianstelter Brian you're one of the best but what's the point if all questions are emails, emails, emails ?
— Carlos Aguilar (@ceaguila) August 25, 2016
@brianstelter maybe if reporters could come up with something more original than "Where are your emails"
— Donald Shrimp (@NeverShrimp) August 25, 2016
Maybe if reporters could possibly maybe ohhhh … TRY to ask anything about policy instead of damned emails and likeability??? @brianstelter
— Mari For Hillary (@Marilunabeli) August 25, 2016
@brianstelter With the ridiculousness of press calling for woman's YEARS ago EMAILS yet NOT the MAN's RECENT tax rtrns, she's right to avoid
— HRC NJ Volunteer (@HRCNJVolunteers) August 25, 2016
.@brianstelter She gives interviews.We get substantial answers and not the grandstanding from reporters. She owes the media, NOTHING.
— Pnthrgrlgail (@Mama4Obama1) August 25, 2016
And that’s what they’ll get.
Hillary Clinton will have a press conference when she feels like it, so shut up https://t.co/0R4R75XWAV
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 29, 2016