When she was asked to headline an event with hundreds of political reporters, editors and executives, she recounted thinking, “What could possibly go wrong?”
“I am all about new beginnings,” Clinton said at the Toner Prize event in Washington. “A new grandchild, another new hair style, a new email account, why not a new relationship with the press? So here goes, no more secrecy, no more zone of privacy. After all, what good did that do me?”
And the pitch:
Honored on Monday was reporter Dan Balz, The Washington Post’s chief correspondent and an icon in the political reporting world. Upon accepting his prize, Balz thanked Clinton and said, “I am happy to yield my time back to you if you want to take some questions.”
Clinton declined, but did chat briefly with some of the reporters in the room before leaving the event.
Hillary Clinton, will you live up to your pledge to be more open?
Didn’t think so.
At the end of the event, reporters gave Hillary a standing ovation in appreciation of all she’s done to deceive them and as a show of their willingness to nonetheless carry her water in 2016.