Warren Shuts Down Media During Media Blitz to Rehab Image

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren is desperately attempting to rehab her image as an elite, D.C. political insider now that polls show voters want her out of office but the politician known for hiding from the press couldn't shake old habits and shut down a reporter's attempt to stream an interview.

"Senator Warren is either afraid reporters will ask tough questions or terrified her constituents will find out what she really thinks because there is no other way to explain why a sitting U.S. Senator would shun the media this way. The Senator from Cambridge has been in D.C. too long and clearly forgets she works for the people of Massachusetts. They deserve to know what she is doing to help the Commonwealth." -MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes 

 

Warren Shuts Down Live Stream Of Interview...  

"The Telegram & Gazette livestreamed the sitdown with Warren on Facebook, but halfway through the session the senator’s staff asked that it be discontinued. The staffers said they should have been asked in advance for permission to livestream the event. Before the event, an official from the Telegram & Gazette had asked me whether it was OK to livestream, and I said it was fine with me. I was asked because I had invited most of the reporters to the event. But after Warren’s staff raised objections – and after some discussion outside the room between me, Warren’s staff members, and Telegram & Gazette officials – I asked that livestreaming be halted and it was." (Bruce Mohl, "Warren offers mild criticism of Baker," CommonWealth, 3/16/17)
 


...Undercutting Media Blitz To Rehab Her Toxic Image

"Elizabeth Warren’s creative media-dodging habits are a running joke among her home-state press corps. Whenever the senator makes a public appearance, Massachusetts reporters know to keep one eye fixed on the exit doors.

But that might be changing.
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In Boston and Washington, where Warren is known for being as stingy with the media on Capitol Hill as back home, the sudden thaw has political operatives questioning what’s behind the change of heart.

“I always wondered why she wasn’t more accommodating to the press. You can be combative, it can be confrontational, but it’s always a long-term much better strategy to engage with the press,” said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson. “It’s not as if she has to be concerned about engagement with the press. She’s good on her feet.”

Yet you wouldn’t know it from some of Warren’s inventive attempts to evade the media. In addition to standard refusals to answer questions, the senator has bolted out side doors to avoid interviews and gone to great lengths to avoid questions such as who did she vote for in the Democratic presidential primary.

With Warren up for re-election in 2018, the first-term Democratic senator now has plenty of incentive to amp up her media profile back home. The state Republican Party has stepped up its attacks on her over the last year, and it might be leaving a bruise: A January poll sent shockwaves through the state by reporting that 46 percent of respondents said it’s time for someone else to have a shot at the Senate. (Lauren Dezenski, Elizabeth Warren finally busts out of her media bubble, POLITICO, 3/18/17)