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Hillary Clinton's olive branch to the press

Clinton stands behind a podium
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Delivering the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the PEN America World Voices Festival in New York and acknowledging her own hard times with the media, Hillary Clinton last night defended press freedom abroad and at home, praising Pulitzer Prize winners and even saying nice things about The Washington Post.

Her message: "[W]e have a president who seems to have rejected the role of a free press in our democracy. Although obsessed with his own press coverage, he evaluates it based not on whether it provides knowledge or understanding, but solely on whether the daily coverage helps him and hurts his opponents."