Controversial U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has decided on a brand new medium upon which to share her message: a podcast.
The first episode of Clinton's new With Her podcast, which 9to5Mac revealed is now available via Pineapple Street Media, is searchable on iTunes and co-stars Pineapple co-founder -- and presumably big-money donor -- Max Linsky.The Democratic candidate's show will focus on illustrating, first hand, "what it's like to be on the road to history," and it will include appearances by Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, select staff members, and hand-picked supporters who will help make the candidate not look like, as she has often been called, "The Lesser of Two Evils."
Presumably, for that reason, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to resign after the WikiLeaks email scandal revealed definitive collusion between Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic party against Bernie Sanders, will not be appearing before the podcast ends, which is right before the November U.S. presidential election is in the books.
Meanwhile, Linsky, Clinton's podcast co-host, is also the co-founder of Longform, an app and website for recommending content.
In other words, the podcasting business is seen by many as a potentially lucrative one. In fact, according to recent data by the Pew Research Center, courtesy of Journalism.org, just roughly 21 percent of U.S. citizens take the time to listen to podcasts. Those listeners, however, are usually regarded as "dedicated listeners."
In its study, Pew noted, "Many news organizations – both large and small, legacy and non-legacy – moved [into] podcasting during 2015 and early 2016. While the 'Serial Effect' may have encouraged the creation and expansion of more podcasts... technologies... have made podcasts easier and more convenient... Podcasts are being leveraged... to cross promote content... [or] to offer a deeper dive... [They offer] consumers an additional way to access news and information."
Meanwhile, Business Insider posted a review of Hillary Clinton's first With Her podcast, replete with quotes from the former secretary of state.
In particular, it is revealed that Clinton spoke very emotionally of her time spent in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Unlike a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters or those who feel that the entire Democratic primary system was rigged in favor of Clinton and against him, however, Hillary actually enjoyed her time.
"There was such rush of emotion," recounted Clinton on her podcast. "Being introduced by my daughter was pretty overwhelming, walking out, seeing her on stage, and then this big arena filled with so many thousands of people. The moment just came crashing in on me."
Not everyone, however, is as apt to be impressed with Hillary Clinton's new podcast and have been quick to criticize it for excluding a blatant amount of details regarding the dozens of Hillary Clinton controversies (list continually updated by the Atlantic) that her supporters always seem to find a way to gloss over or entirely ignore.
"Hillary Clinton doesn't like talking to the press. She hasn't held a press conference all year. The media doesn't seem to care though – they're much more consumed with fact-checking every single word that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth," observed the Resurgent's Steve Krakauer. "The podcast kicked off with the first comments from Clinton on the recently released Judicial Watch emails indicating a connection between the Clinton Foundation and her State Department. Just kidding."
At least Hillary Clinton's supporters now know that she needs two alarm clocks in the morning.
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