Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is widely rumored to be running for president in 2016, may want to work on her media relation strategy after it was announced that the press will be banned from her speech this weekend at the National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco.

This isn’t the first time the press has been unwelcome at a Clinton speech- last month she banned the media from her speech before the National Association of Convenience Stores in Atlanta, but it is a troubling trend for such a public figure and potential presidential nominee that she finds it necessary to  declare a media blackout when addressing trade associations.

The press ban does lead to speculation that she isn’t comfortable in certain large venues where she might be questioned about her tenure as Secretary of State and what she really knew about the Benghazi attack.

But is this really the best way to handle the situation?  After all the press is likely to be on her side even if the audiences she is addressing isn’t 100% Democrats, but  if she is planning a run for president she needs to get this issue and others out of the way early, rather than let it run into her campaign- if there is to be one and I think there will be.

The media is also unwelcome for a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in San Francisco, so at least she’s being consistent.

A media blackout only ensures that the mainstream media won’t be privy to her speech first hand, but it doesn’t prevent the 22,000 or so attendees from using their cellphone cameras or tweeting about it in real time.   So it’s really not that effective and only alienates the media which is fine with me.