A hallmark of her campaign for the White House, Hillary Clinton has continued to avoid the press for an unprecedented 274 days; however, according to Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, Clinton plans on meeting the press for an on-the-record, question-and-answer period “soon.”
Fallon told ABC News Powerhouse Politics podcast Clinton intends to hold press conferences if elected to the Oval Office.
“The amount of interaction can only go up,” Fallon said in the podcast.
Fallon added the media will soon have the privilege to accompany Clinton on her aircraft as the former Secretary travels throughout the country campaigning.
Clinton met last with reporters for a full-fledged press conference Dec. 4, 2015, at a campaign stop in Iowa.
Conceding it is the resolve of the media to demand access to the candidate, Fallon explained in the absence of press conferences, Clinton has “done a lot of interviews.”
Fallon is doing his job protecting Clinton, but he is not doing it very well.
To the exception of carefully selected one-on-one interviews with those favorable to her campaign, Mrs. Clinton continues to dodge the press for one reason: She is sure to fumble the answer to every question raised.
While Clinton has submitted to over 300 interviews on national cable and broadcast network news programs, they tend to be less than 10 minute exchanges and have at times occurred over the phone or often with individuals not considered journalists.
Likely to face unwanted questions over her devious email practices, the mounting questions related to conflict of interest between the Clinton Foundation and her role as head of the State Department and her overall lack of transparency, Clinton has, as a matter of fact, adopted a somewhat effective strategy in avoiding full press conferences.
Should Clinton be elevated to the Oval Office, she will likely become the most wounded chief executive in the history of the republic. Moreover, in addition to her own scandalous baggage, Clinton is set to inherit the Obamacare mess, which is likely to be her undoing.
While her master plan has reaped some short-term profit for a woman with a deeply-tarnished reputation and questionable ethics, amid her worsening public image and polls which consistently reflect a deep trustworthiness among the public, this scheme may leave her short of the November finish line.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy Reuters/Mike Segar via PBS]