Cascading effect of E-mails and falling polls show Hillary Clinton and her campaign are beginning to totter
HRC's televised interviews show her arguably looking somewhat strong and confident --- but almost every new appearance adds more fuel to the fire growing at her feet
Yesterday's "Meet the Press" Hillary Clinton interview by Chuck Todd shows HRC all but throwing up her hands, as if to say "I can't say or do anything to make these problems go away...." --- In other words, Hillary's E-Mails scandals [ there are many scandalous E-Mails problems for Hillary] have taken on a life of their own; and the stories are telling themselves with wider, deeper and more varied coverage by the main stream media
A perfect example is today's WaPo Fact Checker giving Hillary and her campaign THREE PINOCCHIOS for their adherence and push-back using a false timeline for the commencement of the State Department's attempts to gain access to HRC's State Department E-mails, which had been on her private server
THE CHUCK TODD'S "MEET THE PRESS" INTERVIEW OF HRCMediaite gives this rather tepid and uninformative synopsis of the Todd-Clinton "Meet The Press" interview: "Chuck Todd grilled Hillary Clinton on Meet the Press this morning about her transparency issues, email controversy, and her changing positions on multiple issues.... 'Had every government agency head,' he said, 'did what did you at the State Department, there would be a lot of information that wasn’t in the public. Do you see that now as a problem as far as the public is concerned?'... Clinton maintained that a large majority of emails she got and sent ended up in the government system, but still admitted in hindsight it was probably a mistake.... Todd confronted her about a number of discrepancies in what she’s said about the emails versus what’s come out publicly, and how despite her claim that it wasn’t a big deal to her at the time, 'to put an email server at your house was a complicated thing.'...” ( See "Chuck Todd Grills Hillary on Email ‘Discrepancies,’ Changing Positions" by Josh Feldman [with video link to whole "Meet The Pressa' Interview], 9/27/15, Mediaite [http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chuck-todd-grills-hillary-on-email-discrepancies-changing-positions/]).
NY TIMES ARTICLE FOCUSED ON HRC'S INABILITY TO EXPLAIN NEWLY DISCLOSED E-MAILS DUE TO HER LACK OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGEAmy Chozick, who is one of the NY Times reporters that regularly covers Hillary Clinton, focused on this: "Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Sunday that she could not fully explain the discovery of a string of work emails sent from her personal account more than two months earlier than when she has said she began using that address as secretary of state. But she said she hoped that voters would look past what she called the “drip, drip, drip” of the furor over her emails.... 'There was a transition period. You know, I wasn’t that focused on my email,' Mrs. Clinton said on NBC’s 'Meet the Press' when asked about emails sent from her personal account in her first two months after taking office in January 2009. She had previously said she did not begin using a clintonemail.com address for State Department business until that March.... The State Department said on Friday that Mrs. Clinton had exchanged emails in late January and February 2009 with Gen. David H. Petraeus, then the commander of the United States Central Command.... Pressed to explain the discrepancy, Mrs. Clinton said it was beyond her technical understanding...." (See "Hillary Clinton Says She Cannot Explain Why Previously Undisclosed Emails Turned Up" by Amy Chozick, 9/27/15, NY Times/ First Draft [http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/09/27/hillary-clinton-says-she-cannot-explain-why-previously-undisclosed-emails-turned-up/?_r=0]).
The Chozick-Times piece continued along the same line with this: "She said the clintonemail.com server had existed in the basement of her family’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for years before she added her account. 'It apparently took a little time to do that. And so there was about a month where I didn’t have everything already on the server, and we went back, tried to, you know, recover whatever we could recover,' she said. 'And I think it’s also fair to say that, you know, there are some things about this that I just can’t control.'... 'I am by no means a technical expert,' she added. 'I relied on people who were.'... The issue of whether Mrs. Clinton has been forthcoming about when she began using the personal account – firstname.lastname@example.org – is only the latest email-related question to distract from her policy positions and message during her presidential campaign...."
FALL-OUT OF THE TODD-CLINTON INTERVIEW AS TOLD BY NEWSBUSTERSA lot of this coverage has become a study in the media talking about what has been talked about by Hillary.
The sort of snarky conservative blog NewsBusters put it this way: "Don't put that popcorn-popper away just yet . . . On today's Morning Joe, Chuck Todd said he felt that in his Meet the Press interview of Hillary Clinton yesterday, she was signalling to her Dem supporters that there could be more damaging revelations to come on the email scandal. Todd was alluding to the moment in the interview in which Hillary agreed with his characterization of a 'drip, drip, drip' aspect to the scandal. When Todd asked whether she could 'reassure Democrats that there's nothing else here," Hillary's answer was a very un-reassuring 'there's only so much I can control.'... Hillary did get off a good laugh line, telling Todd she's providing 'more transparency and more information' than anyone else. If the president thing doesn't work out, maybe a stand-up Vegas gig could be in Hillary's future...." (See "Chuck Todd: Hillary Signaling More Email 'Stuff' Will Come Out" by Mark Finkelstein, 9/28/15, MRC NewsBusters [http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/mark-finkelstein/2015/09/28/chuck-todd%E2%80%94hillary-signalling-more-email-stuff-will-come-out]).
Especially notable was this exchange between Chuck Todd and the 'Morning Joe' panel:
WILLIE GEIST: For people who didn't get a chance to sit down and watch the full interview with Hillary Clinton, we've been playing a lot of it this morning, what was your takeaway as you sat across from her?
TODD: I'm always a little hesitant to try to characterize your own interview. Sometimes when you're involved in it --
GEIST: What new did you learn talking to her?
TODD: I guess I learned a couple of things. One is that she is not willing to say there's no more stuff that's going to come out. That I thought that she wanted to make it clear yesterday hey, more stuff could come out. There could be more revelations or there could be more charges. She said some of them could come from the Republicans, I think she was trying to politicize it a little bit, but she was basically, to me it was sending a signal to supporters, hey, maybe this doesn't go away but I'm trying to figure out how to handle it.
HAROLD FORD, JR.: But she did say that most of that if not all of that was out of her control.
TODD: Well that's what, right, that was another way of saying, hey, more stuff's going to come out: there's nothing I can do about it. A lot of people I think have come to her and say can't you just put everything out there that's out there and I think her argument is I don't know what's out there. I've already done what I can do."
Well, maybe that's part of Hillary's ongoing E-mails problem --- but another part is what Hillary has done and said about what has come out already. A lot of what she and her campaign has told us about the E-mails just isn't true, like for example what follows.
THE WASHINGTON POST FACT CHECKER GIVES HILLARY AND HER CAMPAIGN THREE (3) PINOCCHIOS FOR HER STATE DEPARTMENT E-MAIL TIMELINEAccording to a report in today's Washington Post, "... [R]eaders have asked the Fact Checker to explore Clinton’s stated timeline about her dealings with the State Department about her private e-mail system. New questions have arisen in light of The Washington Post’s report that the State Department confirmed that the triggering event to seek Clinton’s e-mails was the congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead.... Previously, the State Department had danced around this fact, despite a report in the New York Times on March 5 that quoted unnamed 'current and former officials' as saying 'it was the review of Benghazi-related documents last summer that, within the State Department, set off the chain of events leading to the public disclosure this week of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email account.'... ( See "Hillary Clinton’s incomplete timeline on her personal e-mail account" by Glenn Kessler, 9/28/15, Washington Post/ Fact Checker [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/09/28/hillary-clintons-incomplete-timeline-on-her-personal-email-account/]).
The WaPo Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler then asks this rhetorical question: "Why is this important? Under the [Hillary Clinton] campaign’s preferred timeline, Clinton is not being singled out. She is simply one of several recent secretaries, rather than the secretary who exclusively used a private e-mail account for government business — and maintained a server for it in her New York home...."
The Kessler-WaPo Fact Checker article concludes with this: ".... [Hillary] Clinton appears to be sticking to her timeline because it obscures the fact that she exclusively used a private e-mail for company business. If she had used a State Department e-mail, just as many other cabinet officials in the Obama administration used '.gov' addresses, it’s likely the State Department would not have had trouble responding to congressional requests. That’s why there are 'gaps in the record keeping.' ... As part of Clinton’s effort to clear up questions about her e-mail set-up, Clinton should begin using a more complete timeline regarding her staff member’s dealings with the State Department on this matter. The current timeline is incomplete.... Three Pinocchios ...."