As we have seen throughout this election cycle, Trump dominates the news cycle. No one is more pleased by this than Hillary Clinton.
Hillary’s lack of press conferences, the constraints on her interview time, and the all around reclusive nature of her campaign is astonishing. For someone who is supposedly so beloved by her following, Clinton does not seem to want to connect with voters. Sure, she hosts lavish fundraisers, and will often appear with celebrities. The only thing Hillary seems to refuse is standard media coverage–the exact kind of media coverage that is in the homes of average Americans.
Her disdain is not without good reason. Who would want an arm’s length list of corruption out there for everyone to see? If it were not for Trump’s foot-in-mouth syndrome, Ms. Clinton would likely be on her way to jail. The FBI is still releasing new information, but her numbers have remained fairly steady.
Like every project of the Clintons, the foundation of her media strategy is control. One of her campaign pollsters, Joel Benenson, laid out the press strategy in an interview with ABC News: “We’ll have a press conference when we want to have a press conference.” If that statement isn’t one of the more grandiose displays of political confidence, I’m not sure what is.
On the day of this article’s composition, news broke that the Clinton campaign now has a plane specifically for her traveling press corps. This bodes well for the White House Press Corps, which expressed concerns in a recent editorial published by USA Today. The organization’s incoming and outgoing presidents penned an enlightening piece on the value of the free press, and cited how it is under attack. Between Trump’s threats to ban members of the press and Clinton’s absence from it, the American people deserve better.
This line from the Correspondents’ piece summarizes the root of the issue quite well:
It is a reporter’s job to cut through the rhetoric from candidates, scrutinize whether their policy proposals would benefit Americans in the way they claim and question the viability of their promises. If we cannot do our job, then the American people cannot do theirs.
Did you hear that, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump? Let’s allow the free press to do their jobs so we can get back to ours.