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    Hillary Clinton’s Missed Opportunity: Why She Should Have Held a News Conference Today

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    Hillary Clinton’s Missed Opportunity: Why She Should Have Held a News Conference Today

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:59 pm

    Hillary Clinton’s Missed Opportunity: Why She Should Have Held a News Conference Today

    There is no ideal day for Hillary Clinton to face the media.

    Except today.


    For nearly a year–270 days, to be exact–there has been a constant refrain from reporters covering the 2016 presidential campaign: another day without a Hillary Clinton news conference.


    To most voters, the form of reporters’ access is a non-issue. They care much more about creating jobs, economic growth, defeating ISIS, troubled schools, and myriad other issues our next president will face.


    Still, Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to hold a press conference remains a daily distraction for the Clinton campaign, one that directly speaks to voters’ concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s openness and transparency and their overwhelming lack of trust in her.


    The Clinton campaign is rightly reluctant to subject the Democratic nominee to a formal news conference. As the campaign has progressed, more and more negative news has emerged. This week alone, there have been the 30 emails related to Benghazithe State Department’s announcement that it would not finish releasing Mrs. Clinton’s schedule as secretary of state until weeks past Election Day, and polls showing Mrs. Clinton’s popularity at an all-time low. Her unwillingness to hold a news conference has also raised the stakes, ensuring this will be a major campaign event whenever she finally does it.


    There is, quite simply, no good time for Mrs. Clinton to face the campaign press corps. Except now.


    Had the long-awaited news conference been held Wednesday, the questions would be overwhelmingly negative, not only about the most recent news but also on long-standingissues around Mrs. Clinton. In previous news conferences, Mrs. Clinton has not been her own best advocate–joking that she wiped her server with a cloth, for instance. Yet this was her best opportunity–because any bad news would be largely overshadowed.


    Mrs. Clinton opted to address the American Legion, and the cable news networks broadcast significant portions of her speech. Coverage has already shifted, however, and it is about to be dominated by Donald Trump.


    By scheduling a last-minute trip to Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of what his campaign is billing as a major immigration speech in Arizona, Mr. Trump has guaranteed the media focus will remain on him.


    And, as he has done so often in this campaign, Mr. Trump has ensured that he would overshadow any negative news around Mrs. Clinton. Perhaps nothing in this campaign so far could provide as much of an overshadowing opportunity than this faux-summit in Mexico.


    Mrs. Clinton’s resistance to a news conference is consistent with her campaign’s approach to the media. But this is a missed opportunity: Mrs. Clinton could have put the issue of a news conference behind her while keeping her potential risk to a minimum.


    That's stated as though Trump does things to rescue Hitlery from her own self-destruction. Probably not what was meant, but it comes across that way.


    I'm perfectly fine with Broomhillary missing her chance to make new news into old news in one day. Because that's exactly how the state-run media would treat it if she'd had a presser today.






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    Re: Hillary Clinton’s Missed Opportunity: Why She Should Have Held a News Conference Today

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:03 pm

    Instead of rescuing herself, she spent her day doing things like this:





    Dozens of empty seats for Hillary’s speech to veterans

    Hillary Clinton’s speech to the American Legion looked good for the cameras pointing towards the stage, but a crowd shot showed dozens of empty seats in the audience.


    This was not as they were waiting for Clinton. She’s at the podium and on the big screen. This is during her speech.







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