Possible Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton admitted on Thursday she needs to “work on her expectations” of servile treatment from the press — although her explanation seemed to reveal continued disappointment that reporters are less deferential than when she was secretary of state.
Clinton spoke with journalist John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point” radio program. The New York Times reporter asked about recent comments from former NYT editor Jill Abramson, in which she claimed Hillary has “incredibly unrealistic” expectations of journalists — particularly female ones — to be “100 percent in her corner.”
“Have you been so scalded by your past interactions that it makes it difficult for you to communicate in the way that you would need to as a presidential candidate or otherwise?” Harwood asked.
“Well, I don’t think so,” Clinton replied. “I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that, you know, I do, sometimes, expect more than perhaps 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,” she added. “And whatever I do in the future I look forward to having the same kind of opportunity.”