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Thu Aug 11, 2016, 09:25 AM

What are journalistic best practices?

1 - Does anyone know where this message came from? Is it really from the Clinton campaign?

2 - Do I read it correctly that the "scandalous" conversation was between an Obama staffer, wanting to help out an important Nigerian, and a person at the State Department that might have the needed info?

3 - If this message is what it seems, what went wrong that NPR interviewed a talking head and led him to conclude that the "scandal" illustrates the kind of access to power that ordinary people don't have? (That is, the e-mailer to the staffer, not the Nigerian to the oval office.) If this message is what it seems, I think NPR owes the public a retraction.


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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 09:30 AM

1. The president here is president CLinton, not Obama.

If this was not clear in the interview, this is already a serious problem.

My main problem with the way the media are taking this is that they have already made their decision that this was scandalous, rather than asking themselves whether it was just a reasonable demand.

At this point, I do not have any answer to this question. This does not look good, but we are supposed to believe the reporter that it is not.

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Thu Aug 11, 2016, 09:47 AM

2. Ah. Thanks for the clarification on that.

Do you know the source of the graphic message?

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