- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Hillary Clinton did not choose Fox News for her very first national interview since she announced her White House bid three months ago. That honor goes to CNN, though the network draws a much smaller audience: Fox News typically draws 2.2 million during primetime, CNN 619,000 according to Neilsen. But no matter. Mrs. Clinton will veer off the Iowa campaign trail on Tuesday long enough to sit down with CNN’s senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar; the exchange will air at 5 p.m. and again three hours later.

“The Democratic front-runner has largely stayed away from the press, only occasionally taking questions from reporters and granting interviews to local news outlets in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire,” points out CNN political reporter Eric Bradner, who adds, “One nagging challenge for Clinton is that polls show voters generally don’t consider her honest and trustworthy - potentially the result of ongoing controversies about her family foundation’s acceptance of foreign contributions and her use of a personal email account on a private server during her tenure as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.”

Notes a sullen media observer, “I remember when we used to call CNN the Clinton News Network back in the day.”

Indeed, things are a little cozy between Mrs. Clinton and her interviewer.

“Interestingly, Keilar recently attended the wedding of an aide to Hillary Clinton,” reports Weekly Standard scribe Daniel Halper, citing Ms. Keilar’s presence at the June nuptials of Adam Parkhomenko, currently a staffer on Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and a co-founder of Ready for Hillary, to Kirby Hoag, a former staffer of the organization.


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