Urbin Report

Friday, November 23, 2007

HRC's avoidance techniques

The Washington Times reports:

When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets. Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely.
The strategy allows Mrs. Clinton — who rarely holds press availabilities — to avoid taking questions from reporters who cover her campaign and who might have detailed follow-up queries to her carefully planned policy announcements.

Mrs. Clinton's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have been painting her as someone who dodges tough questions or parses answers to difficult issues.
The campaign has been tightly controlled from the start, with Mrs. Clinton announcing her candidacy in a Web video and negotiating strict terms for her appearances on network morning shows, according to published reports.

Staffers often give vague answers to reporters' questions via e-mail, leaving no room for follow-up.
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — the Democratic candidates without the money and poll standing — are easy to approach on the campaign trail with specific questions. They also take more questions from voters.

Just a preview of the "Imperial Presidency" that will be the signature of a HRC administration.