If you've been tracking Hillary Clinton's first few months on the campaign trail, you've probably noticed that she's kept reporters at arm's length. Well, the media blackout appears to be over as CNN announced that anchor Brianna Keilar will interview Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, marking the first nationally televised sit-down with the high-profile candidate since she announced her candidacy back in April. It's a big win for CNN, but there are also plenty of other people who should interview Clinton.
Keilar is an interesting choice, given her name most likely lacks the national recognition that comes with a Diane Sawyer or a Barbara Walters. Perhaps that's a conscious decision, since Clinton's campaign strategy this time around has been to quietly build momentum on the road. Or Keilar could have been the result of some behind-the-scenes production politics. According to Mediaite, Keilar was photographed at a Clinton staffer's wedding just a couple weeks ago.
With less than seven months until the first crucial caucuses, there will be plenty of opportunities for Clinton to grant interviews as the Clinton camp methodically pick out who will get valuable face time with the candidate. Regardless of what side of the aisle your politics fall on, there's no doubt that Clinton is the biggest name in the presidential ring right now and any interview she grants will be heavily watched and scrutinized. Here's hoping any of these six people will be on the list.
Coming off her highly watched interview with then-Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer has shown impressive chops in handling a sensitive and socially groundbreaking interview. She could be the perfect next choice for Clinton's camp given that this wouldn't be the first time the Democrat has sat down with the veteran journalist. Soon after the release of Clinton's memoir Hard Choices in 2014, the former secretary of state sat down with Sawyer in what was largely viewed as a teaser to her expected presidential campaign. It would be great to watch Sawyer and Clinton catch up since, well, her White House run is now official.
Yes, Megyn Kelly would be a controversial choice given that it's no secret how Fox News feels about Clinton and the Democratic Party. But that's exactly why it would be such great TV. Clinton could flex her muscles tackling conservative critics, and Fox News will undoubtedly see sky-high ratings that'll trump its Duggar interview by miles. And let's not forget that Kelly did come out to say she's actually an Independent so it shouldn't fully be a right-wing roast.
With Lester Holt now officially in place as NBC's leading man, a Clinton sit-down would be a great way to show the outlet is putting those Brian Williams days behind. Funny enough, Clinton suffered her own memory lapse when she misremembered coming under fire while visiting Bosnia in 1996. So in a way, this would be a full-circle kind of chat.
George Stephanopoulos used to work for the Clintons way back when and was in fact a deep admirer of husband Bill. In May, the ABC News anchor disclosed he donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past few years, which promptly forced him to step away from moderating a GOP debate in 2016. A Stephanopoulos exclusive might feel a little like friends coming together for a chat, but maybe that'll bring out a softer side of Clinton. But let's give Stephanopoulos some credit. In 2007, he questioned Clinton about her decision to support President George W. Bush and the Iraq invasion.
Aug. 6 is Jon Stewart's official last day as Daily Show host, so that means the deadline will be tight in terms of booking Clinton for the Comedy Central show. But it'll be a great opportunity for Clinton to laugh it up before Stewart bows out. Stewart can get tough when it comes to asking the hard questions, but the benefits of reaching target young eyes could far outweigh what ridicule might come with the interview.
The ultimate risk (with possibly the biggest reward) would be for Clinton to open herself to the American public. She could follow in President Obama's footsteps with a Twitter hashtag like #AskHillary or she can host her very own AMA on Reddit. Maybe we'll find out what Hillary really thinks about peas in guacamole. We could also hear what she has to say about her email scandal. An open forum with the public could lead to a tough interrogation, sure, but Clinton could earn some serious cool points by cutting the middle (wo)man out of the interview process.
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