POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, media availability/ accesibility?: Editorial, "Hillary Clinton is overdue for a freewheeling news conference" ....
* Los Angeles Times (editorial): "Hillary Clinton is overdue for a freewheeling news conference" - From the LAT:
Neither presidents nor presidential candidates are under any legal obligation to hold regular news conferences. But periodically submitting to questions from a diverse group of reporters is a way to demonstrate accountability to the public and an incentive to stay abreast of the issues. Hillary Clinton surely knows that, yet it has been almost nine months since she has held a news conference. It took place on Dec. 5, before the first primary was held, when she was still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders — and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (remember him?) — for the Democratic presidential nomination she formally secured in June. A lot has happened since then.
To be fair, Clinton often has answered questions from journalists in other settings during that period of time, including a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times editorial board in May.
If you squinted, you could even call one of those events a news conference . . . . . . . .
Clinton acts as if it doesn’t matter that she avoids the hurly-burly of news conferences so long as she talks to journalists in other situations . . . . . . . .
. . . . . But a one-on-one television conversation is no substitute for a freewheeling news conference with multiple questioners . . . . . . . .
Donald Trump has committed his own sins against transparency, including revoking the credentials of reporters from media organizations whose coverage has displeased him. But the Republican nominee has held news conferences ...............