Former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during the "Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality" in New York, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

The news that Hillary Clinton would finally address the controversy surrounding her e-mail use -- and even take questions at an official press conference for the first time in years -- left reporters thrilled. The venue (the notoriously hard-to-access UN) and the timeline (official notice came via a message sent 17 minutes ahead of the purported first deadline) left them...less thrilled.

And that was only the beginning.

 

Actually, first came the Monday night news that Clinton would address the e-mail controversy in a press conference after a speech at the United Nations. Clinton’s team officially confirmed the media availability late Tuesday morning, asking that those requesting press credentials email Clinton’s office by 11:45 a.m. The original email was sent at 11:28 a.m.

 

After the e-mail flurry, and the rush to the United Nations, came the lines. Long lines. Lots of lines.

 

Then the scheduling snafus.

 

 

Then someone seemed to decide: if they couldn't fix the logistical nightmare, at the very least they could stop people from documenting it. That is, to stop people whose job it is to document what they see from documenting what they were seeing. (They may not have thought this one through.)

 

And the afternoon's barely begun...