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September 09, 2016

The Washington Post: The Press Is Spending Too Much Time on This Nonsense Hillary Email Story

Wow. Sounds like someone saw the poll numbers and decided it was time to bully the rest of the press into dropping the story.

Right after it's proven (pretty much) that Hillary's lawyers ordered or asked Platte River to destroy subpeonaed federal documents.

Yes. Definitely time to forget about this diversion, Washington Post.

How do you live with yourselves?

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 5˝ 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.

....

Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of . . . a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.

Fucking embarrassing. A media organization demanding that other media organizations stop reporting on an obviously newsworthy story, exactly because it's hurting the liberal Democratic criminal they favor.

An article I have half-written, and really need to finish, is about proper, ethical, intellectually hygeinic behavior in this era. Specifically: Why do I owe such to my enemies when they show none to me?

Via @mollie.

By the way: I would bet every dollar of money I have that every word of Hillary's newest account of her Rosa-Parks-like suffering as a woman is a complete lie, like her claims about being told girls can't be astronauts, or her claim to have tried to enlist as a Marine, or her claim that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, who did not become famous until three years after she was born.

Update: Interesting juxtaposition from a WaPo writer:


Swiped from instapundit.


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