The Sun-Times ran an interesting story today from a reporter complaining about the way contemporary politicians invite them to events, but then won't answer questions. The immediate focus was on a visit to Chicago by Hillary Clinton, followed by a flashback to a recent visit by Dick Cheney, followed by a full fingerpoint at our current president.
'We’re expected to show up, listen to whatever the official wants to say, then shut up and write about it.'
I suppose it's good that the press is complaining about it, but I don't think this level of complaining is very effective. She ends her article on a bitterly wistful note:
'So would a Hillary Clinton White House operate in the same way? Would love the chance to ask.'
and someday she may let you ask...
thus letting you fulfill the journalist's task.