June 15th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

How journalists "made news" in Hillary Clinton interviews

How did the journalists who interviewed Hillary Clinton manage to "make news?" Above, Dylan Byers of Politico and Erik Wemple of The Washington Post watch the interviews and analyze them with Brian Stelter.

STELTER: What is the takeaway for interviewers, for journalists, from the clips we just watched? What's the lesson?

WEMPLE: Dig in on one topic. I think, with Hillary, there's so much you can ask about. And Terry [Gross] did cover a lot of ground, a lot of shoreline. But I think you've got to make some decisions. You've got to make some decisions about what you care about, and go at them hard. I think that's it.

BYERS: Also, when you're giving - when the person you're interviewing is giving 12, 14, who knows how many interviews - ABC is OK because they have first-mover status. CNN is OK because they have a town hall, which is a unique sort of event. Everyone else, you have to be looking for one thing. And if you just go through the questions, she has answers for those questions. If, like Terry Gross, you hammer home one issue and you ask it seven or eight times, then you're going to generate a sort of response and you're going to generate some news.

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