The Clinton Emails


spyI respect The Atlantic and their lengthy, well-researched reporting. I see them as fair. Objective. Going out of the way to make sure they consider all angles to a story. Here is what Russell Berman has to say about the latest Clinton emails from the Wikileaks hack, which I have no time to read for myself:

How you react to the emails will almost certainly depend on how you already felt about Clinton. A diehard Bernie Sanders fan who sees Clinton as a corporate Democrat driven by expedience will find confirmation in her vacillation over what kind of Wall Street reform to support, her backing of the Bowles-Simpson plan that would have cut spending on entitlement programs, and her musing in a paid speech that “you need both a public and a private position” on policy. In mentioning the dual positions, she was making a comparison to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the unsavory political machinations Honest Abe had to undertake to achieve ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Those who view Clinton as hopelessly liberal, craven, and corrupt will seize, as the Trump campaign has, on her stated “dream” of “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” They’ll smell conspiracy when they read hints that a Clinton campaign spokesman who formerly worked for the Justice Department got a heads up on a court hearing related to the release of her State Department emails. The Trump campaign said it was evidence of “collusion” between the campaign and the Justice Department, but notice of the hearing would have been public information.

The most common thread in the Podesta emails, however, is that they show a political candidate being political. Not much more, and not much less. Clinton is a mainstream Democrat who admires “moderates” and pragmatism. And yes, she did move to the left to defeat an insurgent liberal opponent.

“And yes, she did move to the left to defeat an insurgent liberal opponent.”

We knew this. We celebrated it. The loudest argument that Bernie put forth in the end was that Clinton and the DNC had adopted 90% of his left-leaning positions. This was politics. Horse trading. A carefully constructed campaign. Something that has always been – until Donald Trump.

At least the Trumpster is being consistent in leveling accusations of collusion and fraud against the Clinton campaign, as he did against the RNC and the final ole’ college try of the Cruz/Kasich campaigns that utterly failed in the end. The difference here is that Clinton won and they didn’t.

Do I want it to be different? Sure. Do I want all news to be objective? No. No I don’t. I appreciate objective news, as I also appreciate subjective news. Opinions help me form my own opinions, just as facts bolster those opinions. In today’s 24-hour subjective entertainment-news climate, it’s up to me (and everyone else) to be careful what we parrot, making sure we validate everything we read with the facts.

I understand that when I say “the facts,” people will retort, “But what if the facts are fed to you, but aren’t really facts?”

We live in a new age. What is done in darkness will be brought to the light. For that, we have Wikileaks.

Comments

  1. lorn says

    So far, this latest release, but also within the context of the entire e-mail and server controversy, I have yet to see any clear and unequivocal evidence that Hillary Clinton is anything but honest, forthright and clearly operating well within the normal and expected range of acceptable behavior in the context of a politician workings at a national level. She isn’t a saint. Saints don’t last, or stay saints, long when they walk those marble halls. She has endured and stayed far cleaner and more open than most.

    The articles and commentary that say otherwise are, those that I have seen and taken the time to tracked back, all fell into the category of speculation, hearsay, outright lies, and third-order analyses purposely bent to come to a predefined conclusion. I haven’t looked into all of them simply because it is easier and far quicker to make this sort of crap up than tease it apart.

    The more of it I do the more it becomes clear that Hillary Clinton is as honest and open as any politician can be while trying to do the right thing for diverse and multi-level concerns and constituencies.

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