On Monday Hillary Clinton posted a picture on her Facebook Page alongside a caption, "Hillary’s hosting her first Facebook Q&A of the campaign this afternoon. She'll be chatting live about her vision for a better economy—add your question below, and the post will be updated when she’s ready to chat!"
Clinton has spent a lot of time ignoring the press, roping them (literally), and not answering their questions.Several reporters from top outlets saw this as the perfect opportunity to ask questions -- without having to worry about being lassoed.
Clinton replied to a few reporters, including CNN's Dan Merica. He asked about her flip-flopping on increasing the capital gains tax. She attributed the change to "the increase in short-termism."
Meanwhile, many reporters' questions were completely ignored, including that of MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald.
IJ Review's Justin Green asked plenty of questions, none of which were answered.
The same is true of BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski.
The Weekly Standard's own Jim Swift asked the obvious question, included in the above screenshot, which, of course, went unanswered.
Are the top three questions coming from reporters because your campaign is bad at making you available to answer our questions?
The top spokesman in the Hillary Clinton campaign says the press cannot get in the way of Clinton's ability to campaign. That's how Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Clinton's campaign, explained the press being roped off at a July 4 event for Clinton over the weekend.
Summer means it's wedding season, and in Washington that means plenty of potential for conflicts of interest. Consider the wedding of one Hillary Clinton aide, attended by several members of the national political press covering Clinton and her rivals for the White House.
Hillary Clinton finally made herself available this afternoon for her first press conference of the 2016 presidential campaign, and the crowd cheered. The cheers came after Clinton wrapped up her quick press conference.
Clinton has come under fire for avoiding the press. This afternoon she took a few questions, mainly about the trade deal in Congress, today in New Hampshire.
Florida press is knocking Hillary Clinton for hiding during her visit to the Sunshine State.
"South Florida's also getting a visit from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today. She'll attend fundraisers in Coconut Grove and in Carol Gables as well. Tomorrow, off to Parkland for similar events. But you're not going to have a chance to see her because all these fundraisers, at least as we understand, they are all completely private," Miami's NBC affiliate reports.
If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC should stop repeating agency copy without verifying it, here is an important example from this weekend.
President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, says that "It would be a terrible mistake" for Hillary Clinton not to take questions from the press. Axelrod also once worked for the Clintons.
It's been a month since Hillary Clinton officially announced that she was running for president. On April 12, Hillary launched her presidential campaign by releasing a video--and then going into hiding as she road-tripped half-way across the country.