Hillary Clinton with Hugh Hewitt

Yes, Hillary is opening up to some conservative voices. But conservatively.

hillary clinton Hillary Clinton. Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Geisinger Symposium

  • Hillary Clinton says she’s trying to have more discussions with right-leaning media figures.
  • She largely avoided conservative media during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has ruminated on her relationship with conservative media outlets during the campaign.

In an interview with the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt released on Tuesday, Clinton — a longtime critic of right-wing media outlets — explained her aversion to appearing for interviews with right-leaning media, many of which made it known that the Clinton campaign repeatedly rebuffed or ignored interview requests.

When Hewitt asked why she avoided listening to or participating in interviews on conservative talk radio, Clinton said she was alienated by anger on such radio programs, as well as the various conspiracies pushed by some right-wing pundits.

“I’m a little allergic to the kind of bombast and craziness that I sometimes hear from others, because I think it has really undermined our ability to work together across partisan lines,” Clinton said.

She added: “We can have our differences, and I’ve always thought you were one of the people who was on that side — like, OK, I have real differences, I’m going to explain what I think, but even having me on your show today demonstrates that you’re somebody who wants to have a real discussion about the issues that we face.”

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3 Responses

  1. I’m glad that Hillary is reaching out to the right to have a discussion. However, Hewitt is being disingenuous when he complains that her staff overprotected her from the right wing media during the campaign. They never wanted to conduct a real interview discussing her policy proposals which were more in-depth, comprehensive and realistic than any of her male counterparts. They got away with being blowhards with no substance. It was evidence that the right wing and the left were out to convict her with little to no evidence and ask her “gotcha” questions which would have been impossible to answer without her coming across as “defensive”.

    None of the news outlets vetted nor questioned trump nor sanders about their lack of policy proposals and their overwhelming lack of knowledge and understanding of both domestic and foreign policy. Hewitt and everyone else were only talking about her e-mails because that’s all they had, but it was enough to convict her, particularly when comey violated FBI policy by talking about her e-mails being further investigated, while remaining silent on trump.

    I don’t blame her for not putting herself through that. The thing that still infuriates me is that the media knows what they did and they know that they were played a role in trump being able to steal the election with the help of the Russians. I will never give them a pass for what they did.

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