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March 05, 2015

TMZ Dares to Ask Hillary a Question About EmailGate; Politico Brands This Uncouth Act of Journalism "Stalking"


You can see this case of Aggravated Stalking at Hot Air.

Rothman was right; Politico has now changed the headline to TMZ asks Hillary a Question, though the url continues to include, naturally, tmz-hillary-clinton-stalking.

But Politico's not giving up yet; one of their lead stories is Hillary Clinton email flap creates awkward GOP silence, with, yes!, a big picture of Scott Walker, because you know that Hillary's lawbreaking is really the Shame of the Conservatives.

If it seems like the GOP presidential field has been unusually silent this week as scrutiny mounts over Hillary Clinton’s email practices, there's a logical explanation: Many of them are tormented by their own email demons.

At least a half-dozen 2016 Republican prospects have felt the sting of sustained negative press coverage over their email practices, with the common denominator being an attempt to sidestep public scrutiny attached to official government accounts. While the scope and scale of the controversies range widely -- and they're not comparable to the Clinton circumstances -- their histories with electronic communications have left them with their own unique vulnerabilities on the issue.


In part, it’s a reflection of the governor-heavy nature of the field of Republican 2016 prospects: Gubernatorial offices tend to be subject to rigorous open records requirements, making email standards and practices a politically combustible part of their portfolio. Senators, by contrast, don't face similarly demanding transparency standards.

...

In Wisconsin, as a result of a three-year probe of Gov. Scott Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County executive -- an investigation that ended in 2013 -- prosecutors asserted that some of Walker’s aides set up a separate, private Internet network. Through that, staffers could send emails, via Gmail and Yahoo accounts, about both political and official business, and the use of private accounts took place even beyond that server. While Walker never faced charges, the private emails and the mixing of county and political work proved central to charges levied against two former staffers. Both pleaded guilty, though one is appealing.

The investigation into Walker's tenure as a county executive, which was prior to 2008.

So that's where Politico is -- asking Hillary about this is "stalking;" the real journalism concerns ages-old allegations about Scott Walker's aids from when he was a county executive.


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