And you’ll never guess which one:
The Clinton listening tour officially ended on July 12, and since then the national media has been forced to endure 40 days and 40 nights with just one Univision interview, broadcast in Spanish. The fast has only contributed to longstanding press frustrations with Clinton’s limited availability. Despite the occasional scrum or press conference, the candidate’s refusal to answer questions from reporters has been a theme of her campaign.
“Clinton has done one national interview since her shift to national interviews. It was over six weeks ago,” Maggie Haberman, the New York Times political reporter, tweeted late Thursday night.
Clinton’s disapproval rating climbed above 50 percent in a recent CNN/ORC poll, bringing it to more than double what it was in 2011. But what taking questions in a one-on-one might do to move that number up or down isn’t necessarily clear.
The conventional wisdom is that the first interview didn’t go over so well. In her one-on-one with Keilar, Clinton dodged questions about Bernie Sanders’ appeal, refused to say whether she would seek to raise taxes, dismissed data showing that the majority of Americans don’t trust her, and was repeatedly forced to defend her lack of transparency at both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Strong stuff from Dylan Byrers.
But how strong, you may ask? Even the headline reads, “Clinton reneges on national interviews.” “Reneges” is mighty strong from Politico when describing a Clinton.
I warned you months ago that eventually the press would eventually go Full Alex Forrest (“I’m not gonna be ignored, Dan!“), and it looks like that particular bunny might be ready for the boiling water.