How effective was Hillary Clinton’s press conference?

Clinton explained why she used a personal email at the State Department and said she would release messages, but the controversy is far from over.

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Hillary Clinton hasn’t even announced her intention to run for president in 2016. It’s safe to assume that this isn’t how she envisioned the lead-up to that announcement.

After a defiant press conference Tuesday following a speech on women’s rights at the United Nations, Clinton fiercely denied any wrongdoing in using her personal email for official business. She did acknowledge, however, that she should have used a government email address.

Clinton said her private email use was out of “convenience,” and that she has gone “above and beyond” in handing over her work emails to the State Department. That agency has said it will make Clinton’s emails—more than 55,000 pages of them—public after a review process that is expected to take months. (In other words, expect this to remain a huge campaign story.)

Behind the scenes, questions remain over Clinton’s ability to maintain a solid image in the areas of public relations and media relations.

Multiple pundits have pointed to a pattern of animosity toward the media. They speculate that it helped to crush her presidential run in 2008 and could do the same in the coming months.

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