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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 08:05 AM

D.C. Press Whitewashes Its Role in 2016 Email Fiasco after State Department Exonerates Clinton

D.C. Press Whitewashes Its Role in 2016 Email Fiasco after State Department Exonerates Clinton
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Page 16 and 649 words. That’s how The New York Times treated the recent news that a years-long State Department investigation concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information via emails sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private server while she was secretary of state. The Times covered that story regarding a seminal event from the 2016 campaign by publishing a single, brief article buried deep inside its A-section last Saturday. It was almost like the Times newsroom was telling readers, “Nothing to see here, folks.”

The Times was hardly alone in aggressively downplaying the State Department's conclusion. Most of the press treated the latest Clinton absolution as nothing more than a passing footnote, giving the news little or no coverage (the word "emails," for instance, was never mentioned on Sunday's Meet the Press, or ABC’s This Week. Recall however, that during the final stretch before the 2016 campaign, the Times famously crammed three separate Clinton email stories onto its front page on the same day, signaling to readers that the story had reached epic, blockbuster proportions.

Today the topic, and the clearing of Clinton, is of little concern to the New York daily that likely churned out hundreds of thousands of words on the email topic in 2015 and 2016. Indeed, when the email story first broke in March 2015, the Beltway media's response resembled barely controlled hysteria. For example, Times columnist Frank Bruni wondered if the revelation meant Clinton had a secret political “death wish.”

Just as important today is how the press is washing its hands of the media malpractice from 2016 and pretending news outlets played no role in helping the GOP market its email smear campaign for 18 months. That campaign consisted of phony Republican allegations that have now been relegated to the trashcan of history.

But before the trash gets taken out, it’s worth reflecting on what happened, especially as the 2020 campaign season ramps up and the GOP readies its next round of smear campaigns. The sustained attacks that will only work if the Beltway press signs on as a co-sponsor, the way it did with the bogus email charade in 2016.

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Basically, the Clinton emails became the new Whitewater—a "scandal" in search of a crime. Here’s the dirty secret about what fuels Clinton scandal coverage, and what has always fueled the wayward pursuit: journalists were invested. And when it comes to the email story, they’ve been deeply invested since March 2015. For the press, the hollow “scandal” allowed them to harp on Clinton’s supposed untrustworthiness. It also allowed them to show Republicans that they were putting the Democratic nominee under a microscope and prove they don’t have a "liberal media bias."

For the record, the fact that the entire email "scandal" was bogus was fairly evident in real time. (See this Newsweek piece,https://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-emailgate-312784 from March 2015.) It's just that most of the press opted to play dumb on an epic scale regarding the story because the press liked the email story. The press liked that it was hurting Clinton, whom everyone assumed would defeat Trump. Harassing her with endless email coverage was a way to make sure her historic victory didn't taste very sweet, and that she limped across the finish line. Part of that sprang from a never-ending attempt to criminalize the Clintons. In the end, the relentlessly incendiary email coverage helped get Trump elected.

Yet rather than addressing that gaping, stunning failure in its 2016 coverage, the news media have opted to quietly move on.

Nothing to see here, folks.

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Reply D.C. Press Whitewashes Its Role in 2016 Email Fiasco after State Department Exonerates Clinton (Original post)
dajoki Oct 22 OP
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 22 #1
malaise Oct 22 #3
brush Oct 22 #4
malaise Oct 22 #6
northoftheborder Oct 22 #2
tblue37 Oct 22 #5
dajoki Oct 22 #8
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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 08:14 AM

1. tv was even worse than the NYT

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:03 AM

3. Has Fuckie Toad apologized yet?

What about JoeScum and Mica?

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Response to malaise (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:12 AM

4. Don't forget Andrea Mitchell.

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Response to brush (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 AM

6. Yes indeed and the posse from CNN

One of them apologized - Toobin.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:56 AM

2. This really "burns my hide"



The press is really untouchable. They always get away with it.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:13 AM

5. A Politico reporter confessed that the media have a set of prejudicial rules

they follow when reporting on Hillary. I am listing headings for the rules he enumerates, but not including his explanation of each rule, to avoid quoting more than is permissible.

Confessions of a Clinton reporter: The media's 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary

Updated by Jonathan Allen on September 3, 2016, 9:34 a.m. ET jon@vox.com

1) Everything, no matter how ludicrous-sounding, is worthy of a full investigation by federal agencies, Congress, the "vast right-wing conspiracy," and mainstream media outlets.

2) Every allegation, no matter how ludicrous, is believable until it can be proven completely and utterly false. And even then, it keeps a life of its own in the conservative media world.

3) The media assumes that Clinton is acting in bad faith until there's hard evidence otherwise.

4) Everything is newsworthy because the Clintons are the equivalent of America's royal family.

5) Everything she does is fake and calculated for maximum political benefit.


Read the entire (very good and revealing) article at
http://www.vox.com/2015/7/6/8900143/hillary-clinton-reporting-rules

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:52 PM

8. Yeah, they've been doing it for thirty years n/t

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:51 AM

7. ...

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