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Hillary Clinton on Loss: “I Don’t Think The Press Did Their Job”

Hillary Clinton is interviewed by Vox’s Ezra Klein for her new book, What Happened, where she gives her side on why she lost the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump. Clinton chided the media and said they did not do their job, “with very few exceptions.”

Clinton framed herself as being a serious person focused on the issues while the media saw Trump as more interesting because it’s “hard to turn away from” someone who runs a reality T.V. show. Clinton said this was a product of the belief that “she’s going to win anyway” so it was okay for the media to decide to focus Trump “because he’s a lot more fun.”

EZRA KLEIN, VOX: This is something that I think about in my own writing. Is it possible to be too realistic about the forces arrayed against change — about the institutional constraints of the American political system? So realistic that you missed openings, so realistic that it is hard to inspire people and as such it actually begins driving the outcomes themselves? I feel like this is the critique of this kind of politics.

HILLARY CLINTON: I think it is a fair critique. I understand that critique. But I don’t think the press did their job in this election with very few exceptions.

So the hard questions about what was real and what was realistic and what could happen with the right kind of election outcome were never really joined.

And, so, I found it frustrating, obviously, because I think I could have defended and lifted up a lot of what I believe we could do.

But, really, Ezra, when we get 32 minutes in a whole year to cover policy, how does that work?

And you compare it even to ’08, we had 200 minutes on broadcast T.V. You think, well, is it that the people are really not interested? Or is it that it’s not as, you know, enticing to the press because the other guy is running a reality T.V. show which is like hard to turn away from? And whatever he says we think is kind of goofy but, hey, it’s good T.V. and she’s over there saying, ‘Okay, here’s how we’re going to raise taxes on the wealthy and here’s what we’re going to do to close loopholes and here’s where I think we can do it.’ And, you know, what she’s going to win anyway.’ So let’s cover the other guy because he’s a lot more fun.

And I think in addition to everything you said which I think is fair and needs to be considered it was such a difficult environment even to have that conversation. So who could tell what was or what was not realistic. It was kind of all bets were off in the coverage of the campaign.

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