Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Main Stream Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s Growing E-mail Problems Has Been “Incremental” BUT NOT Proportional

[The slightly new & improved edition at @ 3:30 PM Sunday]


NY Times’ & Washington Post’s editorials hammered Hillary Clinton  ---  But under the circumstances, it was the LEAST that they could do  


The liberal/ progressive MSM still hasn’t gotten to the essence of Hillary Clinton’s E-mail “mistake” ---  In the exercise of her duties as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s E-mail practices violated the law & damaged U.S. national security


Also ---  EVERYBODY in the media needs to realize that when Hillary talks about concerns that she had about the "privacy" of her "personal" E-mails, she really means the "secrecy" that she wanted for all her of E-mails, "personal" AND "official"


This morning on the Howie Kurtz media show on Fox News, one of Kurtz' guests said that the main stream media has been on the Hillary Clinton E-mails story from the beginning ( with Kurtz pointing out that it was the NY Times that first broke the story).  That panelist then said that the MSM has been on top of the story in an incremental way, to the extent that as the E-mail and private server story grew, the MSM's coverage and criticism of HRC's hand in it grew.  
I completely disagree for reasons that are stated at the back-end of this post;  but in any case, here's where some of the main stream media is on Clinton's E-mails and private server problems lately.

THE WASHINGTON POST & NY TIMES

According to the WaPo’s editorial board --  “HILLARY CLINTON’S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment. What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them….” (See “Clinton’s inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules” by Washington Post  Editorial Board, 5/25/16,  Washington Post/ The Post's View [https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/clintons-inexcusable-willful-disregard-for-the-rules/2016/05/25/0089e942-22ae-11e6-9e7f-57890b612299_story.html]).

Then even the New York Times Editorial Board spoke up with this:  Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency just got harder with the release of the State Department inspector general’s finding that “significant security risks” were posed by her decision to use a private email server for personal and official business while she was secretary of state. Contrary to Mrs. Clinton’s claims that the department had “allowed” the arrangement, the inspector general also found that she had not sought or received approval to use the server….”  ( See “Hillary Clinton, Drowning in Email” by NY Times Editorial Board, 5/26/16, New York Times/ The Opinion Pages/ Editorial [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/opinion/hillary-clinton-drowning-in-email.html?_r=1]).
Even liberal columnists like Dana Millbank jumped onto the Hillary Clinton E-mails pille-up [See “Why the new report on Hillary Clinton’s email is so damning” by Dana Millbank, 5/27/16, Washington Post/ Opinions [https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-the-new-report-on-hillary-clintons-email-is-so-damning/2016/05/27/e02d4f3a-2402-11e6-aa84-42391ba52c91_story.html]).

A POUND SHORT & A DAY LATE

All of the above hand-wringing is essentially a day late and a pound short….    At this stage, the reports, observations and critiques by the MSM, like those shown above, are but a MILD censure of the Democratic Party front-runner.
They still don’t get it.
Even without any finding of criminal fault or punishment  ---  if the Main Stream Media had any sense of “proportionality” whatsoever  ---  they would already be like a national media chorus shouting aloud that  Hillary Clinton is completely DISQUALIFIED for any further public service  ---  and  ---  HILLARY CLINTON IS ABSOLUTELY UN-QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
It is already obvious that ---  in the exercise of her duties as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s E-mail practices violated various rules, and arguably even the law itself; and in so doing she damaged U.S. national security.

WHEN HILLARY SAYS "PRIVACY" SHE REALLY MEANS "SECRECY"

As for HRC's serial excuses for her E-mails & private server "mistake"  ---   forget any of her talk about "convenience" --- there was never anything convenient about how Hillary had arranged her E-mails and other had-held communications while she was Sec/State.  And when HRC talks about her "privacy" what she really means is that everything that she does is HER business only; and it really doesn't matter whether it was government business, private business or monkey business.  As far as Hillary was concerned, it was all "private"; and for her that means "secret."

In Hillary-world,  national secrets aren't important, but her own personal secrets are very, very important. And that's another reason why she should be DIS-qualified to ever be president or anything else involving the public trust.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its all Bernies fault. Hillary had private email account so she could launder money she got for Libyan rebels to Clinton foundation. Now Bernie wants to have a debate with Hillary. Bernie and Hillary are like two little old ladies who missed the early bird specials.

Anonymous said...

Gary (a/k/a Ross Perot) Johnson will deliver the Presidency to Trump

Anonymous said...

Even BERNIE is talking more about Hil's emails and server. On Face The Nation he said both Democrats and Americans should look at the OIG Report very closely.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE & BACKFILL: THE "LIARS & DAMN LIARS" EDITION

HILLARY CLINTON'S SHILLS & FLACKS ARE JUST LYING --- JUST LIKE HILLARY HERSELF

Since the Department of State Inspector General's Report, all of HRC's Democratic supporters are solidly on the same page as Hillary when it comes to "handling" HRC's official E-mails and private E-mails server problems --- like Hillary, they now just lie, lie and lie some more.

When spokespeople like Californians Senator Diane Fienstein and Congressman Adam Schiff appeared on TV yesterday, it was soon clear that they weren't going to address what the OIG's report actually said. Both started reciting pro-HRC talking points that completely avoided, or in some case misrepresented what the OIG had stated.

Adam Schiff was so bad that Fox News' Chris Wallace told him to just stop it --- and then Wallace wouldn't let Schiff go back to his inappropriate comparisons between Hillary's E-mails and those of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

WA-PO'S JENNIFER RUBIN LAYS OUT THE WHOLE SCHIFF-WALLACE CONFRONTATION

That the Wallace-Schiff confrontation WAS a big deal was amplified by the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, whose Memorial Day column featured several quotes from Chris Wallace's and Congressman Schiff's joust on Fox News Sunday (See "Clinton surrogates serve up thin gruel" by Jennifer Rubin, 5/30/16, Washington Post/ Opinion [https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/05/30/clinton-surrogates-serve-up-thin-gruel/]).

Here's what Jennifer Rubin said about Schiff's whole TV fracas with Wallace: ".... In other words, every talking point Schiff [was] forced to present [was]wrong. [Hillary Clinton] did not get approval. Her situation is not analogous to [Colin]Powell’s. She did not turn over the materials voluntarily. And she did not turn over everything...."

Anonymous said...

Can this country really handle a 3rd President named Johnson?

Anonymous said...

Galey,
The coverage may have been incremental until last week but now thats all changed. Hillary is losing to Bernie and will leave Philadelphia looking like the Michelin Man in a pantsuit.
And people say Im ugly?
Broderick Crawford

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE & BACKFILL: THE "DEPOSITION OF A COVER-UP ARTIST" EDITION

THIS ISN'T HILLARY CLINTON'S FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF CHERYL MILLS' FIRST MISSING E-MAILS RODEO --- IN A 1990'S CASE MILLS HAD A HAND IN HELPING TO COVER-UP WELL OVER A MILLION MISSING BILL CLINTON E-MAILS

THE "DAILY CALLER" REPORTS THAT JUDICIAL WATCH & HRC INSIDER CHERYL MILLS GO BACK A LONG WAY --- BACK TO WHEN SHE WAS A WJC INSIDER --- AND THAT SHE WAS A COVER-UP ARTIST FOR MISSING E-MAILS EVEN BACK THEN

A while back, there was an issue of about a million-and-a-half E-mails that were missing from Bill Clinton's days as President. Judicial Watch was involved in a case to get at then too. And guess who was blocking the way that time as well ? If you guessed Cheryl Mills, you'd be right.

Today's "Daily Caller" has a lengthy and detailed article about Cheryl Mills' participation in that earlier cover-up of missing President Bill Clinton E-mails (See "Cover-Up Expert --- A Federal Judge Once Called Cheryl Mills' Handling of a Clinton E-mail Scandal 'Loathsome' and 'Totally Inadequate' " by Chuck Ross, 6/1/16, the Daily Caller
[http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/judge-called-cheryl-mills-handling-of-clinton-email-scandal-inadequate/]).

Anonymous said...

Hillary will put Bernie on the ticket for VP. It'll happen by the weekend.

You heard it here first folks.

Anonymous said...

On Tuesday Hillary loses California but wins NJ.

Winning & NJ just don't seem to go well together.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "REMEMBERING JUDGE SIRICA" EDITION

NOW, THIS MIGHT BE A VERY BIG DEAL !!!

WA-PO REPORTS FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS HILLARY CLINTON'S I-T ASSISTANT PAGLIANO TO DISCLOSE SCOPE OF HIS DOJ IMMUNITY AGREEMENT "... IN AN FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF THE HANDLING OFCLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN [HILLARY] CLINTON'S EMAIL SETUP...."

This is the newest twist in the Hillary Clinton E-mail scandal, according to a late report in the WaPo Friday evening:
"A federal judge Friday postponed a deposition of a former State Department staffer who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server, seeking more information about the aide’s immunity agreement with federal prosecutors and his claim to a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil lawsuit.... Attorneys for technology specialist Bryan Pagliano had also asked U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District to bar audio or video recording of the deposition, originally planned for Monday before lawyers with the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The group is seeking to have Pagliano answer questions under oath as part of its lawsuit probing whether Clinton’s email arrangement when she was secretary of state thwarted the Freedom of Information Act and the release of public records.... Sullivan did not rule on that request to bar recording Pagliano’s deposition session. Instead, Sullivan directed both sides to address by June 13 the legal authority for Pagliano’s constitutional claim against self-incrimination...." (See "U.S. judge delays deposition, directs Clinton aide to detail immunity deal in email probe" by Spencer S. Hsu, 6/3/16, Washington Post/
[http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/us-judge-delays-deposition-directs-clinton-aide-to-detail-immunity-deal-in-email-probe/ar-BBtQr30?ocid=spartandhp]).

The most momentous part of Judge Sullivan's directive to Pagliano and his lawyers might be the following passages of the Washington Post article by Spencer Hsu: “'Counsel for Mr. Pagliano shall file a Memorandum of Law addressing the legal authority upon which Mr. Pagliano relies to assert his Fifth Amendment rights in this civil proceeding,' Sullivan ordered in a brief note in the court docket Friday afternoon.... Sullivan also told Pagliano’s lawyers to include 'requisite details pertaining to the scope' of an immunity agreement reported by The Washington Post in March, reached between [Pagliano] and the Justice Department in an FBI criminal investigation of the handling of classified information in Clinton’s email setup...."