Hillary Clinton, who would probably like a do-over with the media after stumbling badly during her recent book and media tour, admitted on Thursday that she’ll have to work on her “expectations” of the press, going forward:
I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that I do sometimes expect perhaps more than I should. And I’ll have to work on my expectations, but I had an excellent relationship with the State Department press that followed me for four years and enjoyed working with them, and whatever I do in the future, I look forward to having the same kind of opportunities.
Clinton made her comments on NPR’s “On Point” program in response to the point made by former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said that it was “unrealistic” for Hillary to expect journalists—especially female journalists—to be “100 percent” in her corner.
Working on her expectations of, and relations with, the press will be critical if Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, as is widely expected. The media’s support of Obama played a large role in his two election victories. But with Clinton’s recent gaffes, and her lack of charisma when compared to her husband or Obama, she will need good press relations if she expects to run a competitive race.