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2016 Postmortem

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Thu Sep 8, 2016, 11:00 PM Sep 2016

WaPo - "The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control" [View all]

Thank you for this Editorial about how the MSM has been incredibly irresponsible in its reporting on this election and its effort to draw a false equivalency between Trump and Clinton.


JUDGING BY the amount of time NBC’s Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday’s national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. It is not. There are a thousand other substantive issues — from China’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea to National Security Agency intelligence-gathering to military spending — that would have revealed more about what the candidates know and how they would govern. Instead, these did not even get mentioned in the first of 5½ precious prime-time hours the two candidates will share before Election Day, while emails took up a third of Ms. Clinton’s time.

Sadly, Mr. Lauer’s widely panned handling of the candidate forum was not an aberration. Judging by polls showing that voters trust Mr. Trump more than Ms. Clinton, as well as other evidence, it reflects a common shorthand for this election articulated by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week: “You have Donald Trump, who’s openly racist,” he said. Then, of Ms. Clinton: “I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison.”

In fact, Ms. Clinton’s emails have endured much more scrutiny than an ordinary person’s would have, and the criminal case against her was so thin that charging her would have been to treat her very differently. Ironically, even as the email issue consumed so much precious airtime, several pieces of news reported Wednesday should have taken some steam out of the story. First is a memo FBI Director James B. Comey sent to his staff explaining that the decision not to recommend charging Ms. Clinton was “not a cliff-hanger” and that people “chest-beating” and second-guessing the FBI do not know what they are talking about. Anyone who claims that Ms. Clinton should be in prison accuses, without evidence, the FBI of corruption or flagrant incompetence.

Second is the emergence of an email exchange between Ms. Clinton and former secretary of state Colin Powell in which he explained that he used a private computer and bypassed State Department servers while he ran the agency, even when communicating with foreign leaders and top officials. Mr. Powell attempted last month to distance himself from Ms. Clinton’s practices, which is one of the many factors that made the email story look worse. Now, it seems, Mr. Powell engaged in similar behavior.
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if it wasn't emails, it would have been something else 6chars Sep 2016 #1
No doubt... Wounded Bear Sep 2016 #2
it has worked 6chars Sep 2016 #3
No problem, as the many, many investigations of Benghazi prove, they can recycle tblue37 Sep 2016 #4
They have run out of things. Why do you think they are stuck on the email theme? stopbush Sep 2016 #5
If They Run Out Just Investigate... TomCADem Sep 2016 #8
I doesn't really have to stick. Quasimodem Sep 2016 #15
MSM: "where there's smoke, there's fire" 6chars Sep 2016 #16
First question in the first debate, about Benghazi or emails? n/t hibbing Sep 2016 #6
I have worked in several government agencies, and unitedwethrive Sep 2016 #7
F*ck, Comey. His hypocrisy created this shitstorm. He never should have said the things he said. AgadorSparticus Sep 2016 #9
Obama never should have put a Republican in any office let alone there. Peregrine Took Sep 2016 #11
Nope. Comey's days are numbered....good riddance, too. AgadorSparticus Sep 2016 #12
K&R fleabiscuit Sep 2016 #10
K&R kennetha Sep 2016 #13
K & R pnwmom Sep 2016 #14
This question begs an answer: TrishaJ Sep 2016 #17
presumably the elites just don't fucking care, as long as they have their money Fast Walker 52 Sep 2016 #19
Germanyís 1 Percent Were Hitlerís Allies, Not his Victims TomCADem Sep 2016 #20
Excellent read! TrishaJ Sep 2016 #21
the degree of completely irresponsible reporting on this issue is not only sickening but freaking Fast Walker 52 Sep 2016 #18
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