It isn’t really “self-preservation” for the media Clintonites. The press has a terrible record when it comes to holding their own accountable; as a rule, it’s simply not done. Big, Obvious Example #1: the Iraq war. No one in the press — not those who lazily allowed the Bush administration to lie the U.S. into the war nor those who actively participated in selling it — ever suffered any real penalty for this. Big, Obvious Example #2: the faux-“scandals” of the Clintons, most of which were manufactured by “journalists” who not only never suffered any repercussions but were praised and promoted. And on into infinity. The denial of any responsibility is entirely self-serving but it isn’t really a matter of self-preservation.