In the past week, however, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has done all three. On May 31, she phoned in to CNN to respond to a Trump news conference, during which the real estate mogul decried media scrutiny of his donations to veterans charities. On Monday, Clinton spent about eight minutes answering reporters' questions at a campaign stop in Compton, Calif.; it had been four weeks since she last held such a session. And on Wednesday, she was a guest on Fox News for just the second time since 2014.
What's next? A Clinton news conference? She hasn't held one of those in six months.
Clinton still isn't matching Trump's media omnipresence — and probably doesn't want to. That's not her style, and it's not what got her here.
But as she pivots to the general election, the former secretary of state appears to be eating her media broccoli, so to speak — doing the stuff she doesn't like because she thinks it will be good for her. The CNN phone interview last Tuesday wasn't an isolated incident. She did two in a single afternoon just four days earlier. Brian Stelter asked Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon about the spurt on CNN's "Reliable Sources" over the weekend.
STELTER: We have been seeing her call in to cable news shows, just like Donald Trump. Is that going to continue for the next four to five months?FALLON: Well ... we have a variety of different methods and vehicles for communicating our pushback on this, but I think that the bottom line is that she's not going to let any of these comments [by Trump] go unchallenged.
We'll take that as a "yes," Clinton will be calling in more often.
Impromptu Q&As on the trail could be a different story. The unpredictable nature of a media scrum seems to make it one of her least favorite ways to talk to reporters. And the most recent episode only came about after stories noting how little she has talked to the press this year.
She sucked it up on Monday after several reporters voiced frustration with her inaccessibility. (Fallon seemed to invite the pressure when he told Stelter — falsely — that "oftentimes" Clinton "will literally stand there for 15, 20 minutes and answer questions from her traveling press corps.") It appears that Clinton can be pushed into what reporters call an "avail," but it's unclear whether she did this one just to get them off her back or whether she will keep it up.
The most intriguing development to track might be Clinton's presence on Fox News. President Obama in 2009 accused the top-rated cable news channel of being "entirely devoted to attacking my administration." Clinton, who was part of Obama's administration at the time, seems similarly wary of Fox and has mostly avoided it.
But Fox has something — or, rather, some people — Clinton might need to win in November. I'm talking about conservative viewers who aren't inclined to vote for her but perhaps can't stand Trump and might be persuadable.
The network's whole audience isn't conservative, so there are moderates and even a few liberals (10 percent, according to the Pew Research Center) whom Clinton can try to win over, too. But Republicans disenchanted by their party's presumptive nominee represent a huge potential coup, too.
Trump, let's remember, is actively courting those who preferred Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
"To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms," Trump said Tuesday.
It remains unclear just how persuasive this will be. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll last month, 1 in 5 Sanders backers planned to vote for Trump in the fall. There is a lot of time for the anger of a hard-fought primary to subside, so the share of Sanders supporters who ultimately cast ballots for Trump could be appreciably smaller. But Trump will probably get at least some of these people.
The best way for Clinton to compensate and maybe even foreclose a Trump win would be to get even more crossover voters — to peel off Republicans who favored Trump's primary opponents. This would be people like former John McCain chief of staff Mark Salter, who tweeted last month that he is "with her," and conservative journalists such as Red State's Ben Howe and Hypeline's Kyle Foley, who also have said that they will vote for Clinton over Trump.
Clinton's plan to grow the ranks of GOP defectors could include more frequent appearances on Fox News. Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly are among the network's stars who have lobbied publicly for her to come on their shows.
If Clinton finally agrees, we'll know why.