Hillary Clinton Holds Faux Press Conference--White Journalists Not Allowed
Posted on: 08/06/2016 03:12 PM

Previously, the other races both foreign and domestic at least respected European Americans, if not outright feared us. But now, given our capitulation and apparent willingness to allow ourselves to be swept aside in our own lands without a fight, they naturally see us as worthless and weak, and it is hard not to agree with them in this regard. But it doesn't have to be this way, not by a long shot.

Next up: Hillary will hold a press conference before the National Association of European American Journalists...said no one ever.

Hillary Clinton Held Her First Press Conference of 2016 — Or Not

Hillary Clinton fielded questions Friday from two journalists serving as moderators at a joint gathering of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Democratic nominee then took questions from three additional journalists at the event.

The Clinton campaign suggested the event was a press conference. Several reporters covering Clinton’s candidacy said otherwise.

Why anyone would debate what, officially, constitutes a press conference stems from a long-running rift between the Clinton press corps and the campaign over the candidate’s accessibility. Clinton had not held a press conference since Dec. 4, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa ― or 244 days ago ― and reporters have frequently highlighted this drought on Twitter.

So when NABJ President Sarah Glover introduced Clinton on Friday as speaking before the “largest press conference with any presidential candidate before a room filled with journalists of color,” several Clinton reporters took issue with that designation.

Hillary Clinton Holds Faux Press Conference--White Journalists Not Allowed

When asked by The Huffington Post if the campaign considered the event to be a press conference, Fallon emailed, “The president of the organization called it that, and I am not sure what else you could call it.”

Following the event’s conclusion, NAHJ president Mekahlo Medina described it as a “press event” to HuffPost.

The debate seems to be over whether an event with five pre-selected journalists amounts to a press conference, or if a press conference requires a more freewheeling exchange between the candidate and members of the campaign press corps.

At Friday’s event, NBC’s Kristen Welker and Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, representing NABJ and NAHJ, respectively, served as moderators and began by asking Clinton several questions. Next, three journalists in the audience ― The New York Times’ Yamiche Alcindor, The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe, and ESPN’s Kevin Merida ― asked additional questions.

Medina said Welker and Montenegro were selected ahead of time to represent each organization, given their familiarity with Clinton’s campaign. The other journalists were part of a 10-person preliminary panel discussion at the joint conference.

“What happened today is Hillary Clinton took questions from members of the media,” Medina said. “I don’t know if people want to call that a press conference or not, but that’s what happened.”

Medina, an NBC anchor in Los Angeles, added that he’s “been a journalist for a long time” and “anytime there’s somebody who takes questions from the press at a large event, that constituted a press conference.”

Still, some journalists weren’t convinced.

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