Over the weekend Hillary Clinton took the time to participate in an Independence Day parade in New Hampshire. What should have been a nice moment for candidate Clinton has collapsed into another example of her almost tyrannical need for control.
When agreeing to participate in a small-town parade that should have been filled with shots of Hillary Clinton mingling with “normal” people, I’m sure the Clinton campaign never imagined that it could become one of the lowest early moments of her run for office. However, that is exactly what happened on Saturday in New Hampshire. As candidate Clinton goose-stepped down Main Street, she did so surrounded by Secret Service, and for good measure, with the media corralled before her in a strange type of moving cattle-pen. The reporters were roped off in a square a few yards ahead of her, and they were forced to keep time with Mrs. Clinton as she wandered down the road waving at the gathered crowd. God forbid one of these reporters wandered out of their designated area… who knows what horrors the Clinton campaign may have had in store for anyone violating their rules for media conduct!
On CNN several media observers had some harsh words for Clinton’s handling of the media.
Republican pundit S.E. Cupp said:
“This is humiliating for reporters who have to abide by Hillary Clinton’s rules of journalism. And it’s not just this. I mean, the entire campaign, she has kept them at a distance, she barely answers questions, there’s all these rules. And actually I don’t blame her, I blame reporters who put up with this. The second they decide we’re not doing this anymore, we’re not going to cover your glossy events the way you want it, then she’ll be forced to change this behavior.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee followed up:
“The relationship between the Clinton campaign and the press is just hostile on both sides, and it’s early for that. We’re how many months out, and if it’s that hostile now, and reporters are being penned off like farm animals, then, you know, where is it going to go?”
And Democrat activist Van Jones opined:
“I love Hillary Clinton, but this is the worst visual metaphor. Before, you could say ‘she’s not talking to reporters,’ but you can’t cover not talking. You can show this image over and over again and it’s awful.”