“Still a lot of rust in this political vehicle.”
It’s probably safe to say that there aren’t many liberals in media who were impressed by Hillary Clinton’s recent interview on CNN.
Chuck Todd of NBC, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, Mike Barnicle of MSNBC and others had little praise.
David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon put together a highlight reel of media reactions:
The Media Thought Hillary’s CNN Interview Was Terrible
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s first wide-ranging, sit-down interview of the 2016 election cycle was a dud, according to mainstream media observers.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe panelists thought she was evasive, fearful, and gave off an annoyed vibe. On immigration, she made untrue claims about her Republican opponents and CNN’s Jake Tapper warned her about overplaying her hand. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota called her out for blaming right-wing attacks for her sinking poll numbers, reminiscent of her accusations of a “vast right-wing conspiracy“ when she was first lady.
Meet the Press‘s Chuck Todd, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, and BBC’s Katty Kay all said, separately, she looked “defensive” on questions about her private email server.
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Lloyd Grove of the left-leaning Daily Beast was also uncharitable:
Hillary Plays the Victim in CNN Interview
Any Clinton supporters who hoped that a New Hillary would emerge from Tuesday’s televised grilling of the Democratic presidential front-runner had to be brutally disillusioned.
The Hillary Clinton who showed up for her 19-minute back and forth with CNN political correspondent Brianna Keilar—touted as Clinton’s first one-on-one interview with a national reporter since she declared her candidacy three months ago—was the same Hillary Clinton the country has come to know over nearly a quarter-century on the American political scene.
Advertised by her associates as warm and funny in private, she came across as guarded, quibbling, and pokerfaced under the TV lights.
Taylor Marsh offered this brutal observation:
Hillary on CNN was Hard to Watch
WELL, THAT didn’t go very well and it wasn’t the media’s fault. Considering even the campaign knew she was paying the price for “corralling” the press Hillary Clinton didn’t seem to have a plan for what she wanted to communicate. None of this matters, however, because Democrats love her and want her, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar interview won’t change anything. But new media and cable are loving that Hillary finally did an interview and the reviews aren’t worth the access she offered.
Where was Hillary’s humor? Where’s her signature charm? Both of these attributes that are so compelling in private evaporate on camera.
Josh Vorhees of Slate even documented all of Hillary’s non-answers in the interview.
Maybe this is why Mrs. Clinton has been avoiding the press for months.
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