This week in politics, Hillary Clinton went to an Ohio Chipotle to eat lunch and people went crazy, a man flew a gyrocopter to the Capitol to protest money's influence on politics, and reporters in Iowa chased after Clinton's van on foot.
And we still have one year, six months, and 22 days until the 2016 election.
Laughs were had, jokes were made and Vines were retweeted. The best Vines set the footage to music, like this one of the running reporters:
The rush looks more like paparazzi chasing a teen heartthrob than it does members of the Fourth Estate doing their duty to cover a possible future president of the United States for the good voters of this country. And they were treated that way too. The reaction on social media was largely negative:
WATCH media act like children running after an ice cream truck as they chase Hillary Clinton ’s ‘Scooby' van in Iowa: http://t.co/HAYZVuCePG
— Hardline Stance (@Hardline_Stance) April 15, 2015
Media was too busy chasing Hillary's van in Iowa. Failed to report Marco Rubio is also running for the Gang of 8, er I mean President. #tcot
— ✞♕In God I Trust♕✞ (@InGodIDoTrust) April 15, 2015
— Jerry R. Hagan (@coastie) April 15, 2015
In case you doubted the media's obsession w Hillary, here's a hoard of sad reporters darting after her van in Iowa http://t.co/XKhl8xtWIw
— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) April 15, 2015
And of course, Jon Stewart -- the most well-known media critic in the country -- eviscerated/destroyed/demolished them:
But, really, what were they supposed to do?
Megan Murphy was among the crowd racing around to the back of Kirkwood Community College in rural Monticello, Iowa, on Tuesday. When asked if she regretted becoming part of a joke, the Financial Times Washington bureau chief said no.
"I'm proud of what I did," she said Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "When you have a campaign like that and they are not going to let us ask her any questions in any settings, what are we supposed to do as journalists?"
Reporters are supposed to ask candidates questions, but Clinton made/makes it difficult. Really difficult.
And it wasn't just reporters who didn't have access to Clinton on her stop. Murphy said a crowd had gathered in front of the college for Clinton, and her van drove right past them to the back.
Clinton's Iowa stop came as Chris Christie has met and took questions from voters on a town hall tour. And it's become somewhat of a meme on the right this week to compare Rubio's openness to talk to reporters with Clinton's. Before, it was Jeb Bush.
Clinton hopes to come across differently than she did in 2008 -- more humble with voters and more open with the media. Yet the media are still frustrated.
She is hardly the only politician to try her darnedest to avoid questions and unscripted moments, of course. And driving around the back is a tried-and-true method of doing just that -- not one her staff invented, by any means.
But say what you want about how well the media covers elections and whether its fair; at least they're trying to get Clinton to say something that's not pre-planned and focus-grouped.