Many in the national news media are frustrated and suspicious of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's aversion to the press, but not Andrew Rosenthal.
Rosenthal, editor of the still influential New York Times editorial page, doesn't care that Clinton is, by and large, stonewalling reporters.
In a recent podcast for the Times, Rosenthal said it's "extremely intelligent" that Clinton seems to mostly be ignoring the action on the Republican side of the race, and the same for her distance from the media.
"And this is going to sound rather strange coming from a journalist but she's also ignoring the press, which I don't think is such a terrible idea," Rosenthal said in the podcast, which was posted on the Times website on Monday.
"I don't think her not talking to the press is an issue," he said. "You can always tell when a candidate is doing a good job of setting their own agenda because there's stories about the press writing about other people in the press complaining about other people in the press that don't get close enough to the candidate. Truly, sincerely, who cares?"
Though Clinton launched her campaign in April, her campaign has shied away from direct interaction with national news reporters, save an interview with CNN and a five-minute impromptu press conference she held after a town hall-style meeting with supporters.
Clinton's lack of media interaction has led some reporters to publicly complain about access to a leading presidential candidate. The Washington Post has set up a clock to count the minutes between questions Clinton takes from a reporter. It is currently at more than 48,000 minutes, or more than 33 days.
Rosenthal did not respond to a request for comment.