Many in the media – including at typically left-leaning outlets like the New York Times – have publicly criticized presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her refusal to answer reporters’ questions on the campaign trail. Last month, the Times took aim at the 2016 Democrat frontrunner with an article featuring a list of hypothetical questions its reporters would ask Clinton if given the opportunity.
In a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Bloomberg political writer John Heilemann offered his take on Clinton’s reticence to take questions from the press.
“I have been saying that it’s outrageous she is not taking questions from reporters for months,” he said after host Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski accused him of not having “the guts” to speak out on the issue.
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“I have said on this show and others that part of the reason she doesn’t take questions from reporters is because she does not have, apparently does not have good answers to give – at least that’s the clear inference that one must draw.”
Heilemann addressed the same topic last month in an episode of the Bloomberg series With All Due Respect.
“The [Clinton] campaign is setting up a false binary,” he said. “It’s like either she can talk to and hear from everyday Americans or she can talk to the press. No. This is an ‘and/both.’ She is absolutely right to be doing what she is doing; but she’s also wrong to not be taking questions from the press. She’s got to field them all – that’s what being a presidential candidate is about.”
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