Hillary can run, but she can't hide

Story highlights

  • Tara Setmayer: Hillary Clinton's distaste for media is no secret
  • Unscripted, uncontrolled moments can make or break a campaign, she says

Tara Setmayer is former communication's director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and a CNN political commentator. The views expressed are her own.

(CNN)Since officially entering the 2016 presidential race in April, Hillary Clinton has been actively avoiding interaction with the media. Meanwhile, her campaign has been plagued by scandal -- from concerns about her private email server to new questions surrounding what she knew about the Benghazi attacks, to the serious questions being raised about donations made to the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state.

Despite the brewing controversies, Hillary Clinton has shunned questions from the media. This has been in stark contrast with, for example, Republican Party candidate Carly Fiorina, who had reportedly fielded 314 more questions than Clinton by early May.
Tara Setmayer
Of course, Hillary's distaste for the media is no secret -- it dates back decades. But this course of freezing out the media is simply not sustainable, especially now that Hillary officially has Democratic competition for the nomination in the form of New Hampshire Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, both of whom will continue to challenge her more directly as the campaign moves forward.