Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean thinks Hillary Clinton is right to avoid press conferences since both the press and the questions “aren’t legitimate.”
“She has no reason to trust the press corps, and the so-called email scandal is one of the reasons,” Dean said Thursday in an interview on MSNBC.
“Look what A.P. did,” the longtime Clinton backer and 2004 presidential candidate said. Dean was referring to an Associated Press story that revealed more than half of Clinton’s meetings with non-government officials when she served as secretary of state were with Clinton Foundation donors.
“They completely screwed up their story,” Dean continued. “They had 100 appointments, or 85 or whatever it was that she made, out of 1,800 appointments and tried to make a big deal out of it. Having a press conference, in my view, is not the solution to this. You just get more of the same.”
When asked “Answering legitimate questions from legitimate press is more of the same?” Dean responded, “The trouble is the questions aren’t legitimate, and the press isn’t legitimate.”
“The press is gotten to be where it’s all about the lowest common denominator,” the former governor said, noting that Donald Trump would not be the Republican presidential nominee “if the press corps actually did their job.”
“They focus on sensationalism. They don’t treat people in an even-handed way, and that is why, in my view, Hillary Clinton should not do press conferences,” Dean said.
“The press conference becomes a feeding frenzy, it becomes a one-upmanship and who can get the best story.”
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