Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Email-gate

The Republicans have a competitive field for their 2016 presidential nominee, but the Democrats seem to have conceded their nomination to Hillary Clinton. Oppo research on Clinton has revealed a number of "scandals." The GOP is having a great time investigating Benghazi, and will seize on Hillary's email practices until the public loses interest. Is there something there?
From the New York Times Op-Ed page:
What Hillary Clinton’s Emails Really Reveal
By MATTHEW CONNELLY and RICHARD H. IMMERMAN MARCH 4, 2015                          campaign: nyt2015_sharetools_mkt_opinion_47K78 -- 271975, creative: nyt2014_sharetools_mktg_opinion_47K78 -- 375123, page: www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/opinion/what-hillary-clintons-emails-really-reveal.html, targetedPage: www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/opinion, position: MiddleLeft
HISTORY will be the judge: That’s the line leaders often use when making difficult decisions. Historians, after all, have the benefit of hindsight and archives full of once-secret files. But how will history judge a generation of leaders who don’t preserve the historical record?
The revelation on Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton used only a personal email account when she was secretary of state and did not preserve her emails on departmental servers seems to reflect a troubling indifference to saving the history she was living. Mrs. Clinton’s aides eventually turned over 55,000 pages of correspondence. But the State Department’s Office of the Historian estimates that the department produces two billion emails a year.
From Fox News:
Hillary’s private email fiasco: Why she remains a huge media target
The New York Times exclusive on Hillary Clinton exclusively using a private email account during her four years as secretary of State—and that this “may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record”—is the latest story to feed that narrative. It follows aggressive reporting by the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal on the Clinton Foundation raising big bucks from foreign governments even while she was in the Obama Cabinet, and in one case violating an agreement with the administration.
So much for the conventional wisdom is that the media are going to roll over for Hillary in the 2016 campaign. She has become a major target for the press, and here’s why.
One, she’s the only game in town on the Democratic side, with no real rival to draw the attention of investigative reporters. Simply put, she’s a big target.
Two, Hillary has a long history of testy relations with the press corps, which hurt her in the 2008 campaign and dates back to her years as first lady. So the coziness factor that many people imagine simply isn’t there.
And finally, while most journalists are more sympathetic to her politics than, say, those of Ted Cruz, Clinton isn’t liberal enough for some in the media, who view her as a Wall Street and foreign policy hawk. They prefer to swoon over Elizabeth Warren and her non-candidacy.
What the email furor and the foundation fundraising mess have in common is that Hillary’s usual media allies aren’t rushing to defend her. Indeed, the New York Times editorial page scolded the Clinton Foundation and called for an end to the buckraking from foreign regimes.
 
From the Twitter-Verse
Latest from @CNNPolitics: Why you should care about HIllary Clinton's email tactics. http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/03/politics/hillary-clinton-emails-election-2016/index.html …
Libs get egg on face trying to nail Republican for Hillary-style personal email scandal http://bit.ly/1GSa02u  via @BizPacReview
#AmericaIsDoomed news "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests" via NYT http://ift.tt/1M4hXCK  pic.twitter.com/IwlrrTxNTc
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