Hillary Clinton, known for giant paydays in exchange for speeches, will take no money for her remarks before the 2015 Toner Prize Celebration later this month. She’s also not taking any questions.
The March 23 ceremony will celebrate the winner of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. Clinton, a longtime friend of the award’s sponsors, is keynoting the event for free.
Tickets to the ceremony run $250, but the event is open to the press. “It’s going to stop being an awards ceremony if she makes any news — everyone will exit the room and start writing,” said Peter Gosselin, husband to the late reporter Robin Toner, for whom the award is named. “Journalists will be journalists.”
Clinton has faced increasing scrutiny over her reluctance to field questions from the press, including in response to a report this week about her email account while Secretary of State. (Not that TMZ didn’t try.) Gosselin confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that this and other stories had not altered her booking.
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