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Howard Dean: Hillary Should Keep Dodging 'Illegitimate' Media

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 10:43 AM

Hillary Clinton should continue to avoid holding press conferences because the media whips itself into a "feeding frenzy" and won't be play fair with her, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday.

"The press is gotten to be where it's all about the lowest common denominator," Dean, the 79th governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, said on "MSNBC Live.''

"They don't treat people in an even-handed way, and that is why, in my view, Hillary Clinton should not do press conferences.

"The press conference becomes a feeding frenzy, it becomes a one-upmanship and who can get the best story . . . The trouble is the questions aren't legitimate, and the press isn't legitimate."

There have been growing calls for Clinton to face journalists and answer unscripted questions. Her last press conference was held in December 2015.

Dean pointed to an Associated Press report Tuesday, which claimed more than half the number of non-government people granted meetings with then-secretary of state had donated money to The Clinton Foundation.

"Look what AP did. They completely screwed up their story," Dean told MSNBC's Chris Lansing. "They had 100 appointments – or 85 or whatever it was that she made – out of 1,800 appointments and tried to make a big deal out of it."

"Having a press conference, in my view, is not the solution to this. You just get more of the same."

The ongoing email scandal involving Clinton's use of a private server to conduct government business is another example, according to Dean.

"She has no reason to trust the press corps, and the so-called email scandal is one of the reasons," he said.

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Hillary Clinton should continue to avoid holding press conferences because the media whips itself into a "feeding frenzy" and won't be play fair with her, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.
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