In a nearly two hour private meeting, journalists covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign gathered to discuss what they feel is the lack of access to and control of information from the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Attendees at the meeting, which took place at the Los Angeles Times/Tribune’s Washington, D.C, offices, weren’t authorized by their employers to speak on the record, but that didn’t stop them from expressing their concerns about the Clinton campaign’s tight grip on information for even routine matters.
One such concern was the campaign’s lack of adequate notice of events—which leaves the reporters scrambling to book last-minute flights and networks struggling to get satellite trucks and equipment to an event—something that can take a lot of time if the events are spread out over a wide area in a short period of time.
Another issue centered on the lack of clarity on whether or not fundraisers were open or closed to the media. Reporters were first told that fundraisers of 100 or more people would be covered via a pool system, but recent fundraisers of this size have been closed.
Journalists also complained about the ground rules of a briefing at the Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn on Thursday, where reporters weren’t allowed to quote campaign officials, even for routine talking points or other non-sensitive information.
The media can complain all it wants, but unless Clinton and her team think that there is some benefit to granting more access or to be less controlling, nothing is likely to change since she thinks she has the nomination and the presidency in the bag.