The Media Owe Hillary Clinton An Apology for Their Bogus Email Scandal

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We don’t operate inside the Beltway, so at times like this I’m just baffled. I’m talking about the Hillary emails. The Hillary apology. The Hillary scandal blown up by a media that is obsessed with making 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton into a bad person. The former Secretary of State did apologize, for what we don’t know, just days ago in a TV interview with Andrea Mitchell, who has been referred to as the Clinton hunter for decades.

The Hillary Clinton supporters that I talked to were outraged and angry. Why is she apologizing, they asked? I can’t tell you how many people have approached me to ask me this question. Too many to count.

The only reason I could see was that the media was having another angry reaction to her lack of availability to them and her refusal to cower to their narratives – these are the same people who have been selling a conspiracy based on a book about her as if it were legitimate, when the author was a known conspiracy nut with an agenda and the book had no actual facts or evidence to substantiate the claims – and they were going to make damn sure she knew who was boss.

So we got the emails the emails the emails until no one could stand it anymore, and oh my gosh, the polls dropped! You don’t say. Then the media said, look, your polls are dropping! You better talk to us about it. You need to apologize. In fact she was asked on August 4th during an NBC TV interview if she felt she needed to apologize.

Clinton was understandably taken aback. She must have been wondering if she was to apologize for the summer of fake email scandal coverage that the mainstream press had been living off of?

Now that she apologized on TV last week and ate humble pie for the media, they say she might turn this thing around.

Insert maniacal laughter here. Turn her pretty big chance especially with VP Joe Biden waiting in the wings to cancel out the Sanders influence, according to Nate Silver, to win the Democratic nomination around? Wow, I’ll bet she’s so relieved to hear that. Or could they be referring to her huge lead against many Republican contenders in their own home states? Or her huge win against them in a national poll?

No, they will say they were referring to the drop in her polls.

You know, the drop that came about because of the coverage they were doing over a non-issue.

Now they say she apologized, but she did so reluctantly. You see, she likes to “dig in”, according to Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick writing for New York Times. The way people do when they are right, perhaps. The authors have good reason for what they are writing – they say they interviewed many close Clinton inner circle people who were desperately trying to get Hillary to apologize but she just wouldn’t. The problem is there is no context to how we got to Ground Zero in the Email Scandal that Never Existed.

There is no admission of the “long-standing antipathy” between the media and the Clintons, as Nate Silver put it, and the need for something to report on in what looked last spring to be a given for the Democratic candidate.

The emails are not an issue. The State Department has said that, the DoJ said it, Republicans have done the same thing and been less transparent about it, and all in all, the bottom line is voters don’t care about emails. They didn’t care when previous politicians took the computers and servers right out of the office.

They didn’t care when they found out that 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent $100,000.00 in state funds to destroy all of his communications as Governor of Massachusetts. “… 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe… Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said the governor’s aides did nothing wrong.”

Do any of you even remember this? It barely made a blip and no one asked him if he felt he needed to apologize. But it isn’t that the issue doesn’t matter- transparency matters. It’s that voters do not care.

So this drop in the polls was due to the ongoing narrative that Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted. She just has a way. I’ve seen these comments over and over again — “the way she operates” they say. When pushed for specifics, it’s all crickets but for vague references to various debunked scandals.

So what we have here is a big pile of flaming desperation.

What we have here is an Obamacare glitch redo. Remember? The press said you all didn’t want affordable healthcare – it was ruined- because the roll-out had a glitch. Never mind that the glitch was no doubt in small part to the fact that Republicans found a way to throw the system into chaos. That was not made into an issue. The issue was that there was a “glitch” and it would destroy Obama, his plan, and the entire Democratic party. EVERYONE RUN! And many 2014 Democrats followed the media’s advice to their own peril. The media also told us that Obama voters were over him in the lead up to 2012. It’s as if they live in a different world.

So here we are, back at dissecting why Hillary Clinton’s apology was so late for a scandal that didn’t exist except due to the press’s obsession with it.

It seems as if Clinton is being pushed by the same people who pushed her in 2007 to chase after something that isn’t actually going anywhere. 2008 was mostly due to the Iraq vote and the fact that Obama was a once in a generation candidate, with the message the party supporters needed at the time, Kennedy charisma and incredible powers of oration. Obama was cool temperament at a time when the country was reeling from Bush’s emotional, scattershot leadership. Clinton didn’t do anything wrong then.

The former Senator and Secretary of State is not wrong now. She had nothing to apologize for and she doesn’t need to cower to anyone. She has been the “most admired woman” in the world pretty reliably for the last decade. She doesn’t need to change herself or put on humble airs to appease the media. The people like the strong, independent, reliable, experienced and knowledgeable persona she projects. She is strong with Democrats (liberal Democrats might lean to Sanders but not as an anti-Clinton reaction, as we have pointed out before).

She can do what President Obama starting doing in his second term.

Go around the media to get a message straight to the people. Yes, candidates need to be accessible to the press and they need to answer questions when they’ve agreed to do so and they shouldn’t avoid agreeing to do so for months or an entire campaign. But the media also has a responsibility to educate people and inform them, to vet stories. That’s not what we see in our beltway media. It’s hard to guard a henhouse when you’re drinking with the hens every Friday.

Once again, we have a media more intent on proving their own importance and power than on vetting issues. Where is Jeb Bush’s apology? Where is Mitt Romney’s apology or the media asking him if he feels he needs to apologize? Oh, that’s right, no one cares what they did with their emails.

In a perfect world, Clinton would bring on some of the Obama team that helped steady the boat in the rocky waters of media turmoil. It must be tough to face a constant barrage of “you need to apologize, or you’re going to lose everything!” from people who have the power to make nothing into something.

But I disagree with the media that her apology turned this around. It turned them around, but they are still sour on how she got there. This is like trying to date someone that just isn’t into you.

It is my opinion that Hillary Clinton should take her bad self 100% in the opposite direction. These are new times. Democratic voters like her “digging in” (aka, cool disdain) when she is wrongfully attacked. They trusted her more than most politicians for years. She earned that with her serious work and dedication. That is who she is. A bit square, a bit “too” serious. But it adds up to a person the public really trusts.

Clinton was the girl who studied really hard every night to get good grades. Now she’s an enormously powerful woman who has met with world leaders as Secretary of State and as First Lady. She’s been a Senator. She has undertaken each job, as she took her job as mother, with fierce dedication. That is who she is. What we get from Hillary Clinton is someone we grew up with, someone who has always been pushing for the middle class, someone who is loyal, reliable and tough. Not someone who apologizes for things that weren’t wrong. Because to be honest, that apology came off as inauthentic and that is so much worse than a made up scandal. That will harm her brand more than any hyperventilating from Republicans and the press.

Sec. Clinton doesn’t need to fix anything or be handled out of herself out of other people’s fear.

Where is the media’s apology to Hillary Clinton? Maybe the people don’t want another decade of media bias against the Clintons. Maybe it’s time to focus on the issue that actually matter to voters.

65 Replies to “The Media Owe Hillary Clinton An Apology for Their Bogus Email Scandal”

  1. You are 100% absolutely correct. The supercilious glee with which they announce her dropping poll numbers – that they are completely responsible for – makes me want to vomit. This issue of “trust” really baffles me. What, in her entire life/career, has she ever done to make “trust” an issue? It’s an entirely media driven narrative being suckers for the right wing. And they’ll NEVER stop.

  2. The time is long passed. of course now that she’s caved and apologized herself it’s a mute point.
    The rethugs have their soundbyte and she (like most of the dems) looks timid in the face of irrational bullies.

  3. Old news, same old story, repeat every four years of my whole life – and I have lived a damn long time – and as a democrat so I know it by heart.

    They investigated her cat, Socks. Really.

    This site ends 10 years ago but it just is more of the same no matter who is out front for the Dem party. We watched them steal elections, we watched them taint good people with filth.

    Our only recourse is to win. And we will.

  4. From that GOP dirty tricks site:

    “2002 – Republican Dirty tricks oust Democratic Sen. Max Cleland by attacking his patriotism. Cleland, who volunteered for Vietnam and left three limbs there, had to endure seeing pictures of himself in a Republican Saxby Chambliss campaign ad next to images of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Chambliss sat out the Vietnam war with a bad knee.”

  5. Chuck Todd has said “Its not our job to correct the record”

    Jonathon Karl passed around fake emails about Benghazi

    Lara Logan had a made up story on Benghazi

    Judy Miller with the NYT helped lie us into war with Iraq

    Maureen Dowd? I would like to blame her bullshit on eating a weed brownie but her idiocy goes back decades

    Fox, child please

    There will be no apology. There will be no code for standard. The reason why people fall for this is they don’t teach critical thinking anymore. Its like training for a test. As long as you mark c you pass. If you ask why you fail. The revolution will be televised by commercials

  6. Sorry, but the polls don’t indicate she is a person the public trusts. Avoiding the press to avoid answering policy questions has repercussions. Bernie Sanders rise continues despite the lack of press coverage because he addresses the issues. Simply stating the email scandal has crumbled does not make it so. Obama’s justice dept. can protect her from prosecution but they can’t change the perception of voters. Hillary is on a downward progressive spiral that is of her own making. The fact that some ignore it only hastens the end result.

  7. Not of any matter at all. They always take people out of context. “what difference does it make” is a soundbite but it is entirely proper in context.

    “What I had done was allowed, it was above board. But in retrospect, certainly, as I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should’ve used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility. And I’m trying to be as transparent as I possibly can to not only release 55,000 pages of my emails, turn over my server. But I am looking forward, finally, to testifying before Congress. Something I’ve been asking for nearly a year.”

  8. I do not understand what type hollow soul supports Hillary. She has a grade I’d ‘D’ to ‘F’ as Sec of State and senator plus a long history of shady dealings. 3 years + 1 day ago our Ambassdor to Libya was murdered under Hillary’s term as Sec of State. We have lost 6 in history and Stevens first in about 30 years. So much for Hillary and the 3AM call. Stevens ask State Dept many times for enhanced security and Hillary ignored theses requests. Hillary not presidential…

  9. And when somewhat confronted, each reporter says, Well, it’s the Clinton’s, that’s how the they are, it’s always something with them. I say New York Times is a rag, for not double checking leads from dubious “sources”. Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and idiot Joe Scarborough have been smearing Hillary since Benghazi. They have forfeited the right to call themselves journalists. Hey MSNBC, wonder why no one watches your crapass channel any more?

  10. correction – Nevada is the third state to vote not the 4th.

    The third is SC and this is a recent quote that is very telling:

    CLYBURN: “Barring some revelation that we have not seen, I do think Hillary waltzes through South Carolina.”

  11. Great article! I agree completely and I would add that Clinton should pursue a libel suit against most of the print media, including the NY Times and Washington Post. It’s one thing for the anti-American rightwing extremists on Fox to perpetuate this fake scandal because most reasonable people know that Fox is just a propaganda tool for the GOP; but, it’s quite another thing for “legitimate” and “reputable” news outlets to recklessly publish unsubstantiated allegations against Mrs. Clinton as statements of fact. The media needs to pay for their slimy smear campaign against the Clintons.

  12. Count me as an ANGRY Hillary supporter too. I won’t hold my breath waiting for any apology from “the media.”

    Hillary all the way! I am more then ready for a Woman in the White House.

  13. Mick, nice try, Atwater would be proud. But, sorry you missed.

    Have you actually compared Hillary’s record as SOS to say Rice’s record… or Albright’s… or Powell’s? Didn’t think so.

    It is well documented that Ambassador Stevens said he did not need more security. He had been in the Middle East for quite some time and must have had his own reasons.

  14. Rin, thanks for the reminders of what the GOPers are capable of in an election because these newbie burners are clueless.

  15. I think that Hillary continues to get bad advice from incompetent advisers. She needs to clean house, and then stay focused on the issues that matter to voters, speaking directly to voters. She started this campaign on the right track, and she can return to it.

  16. Mick I suspect you had a grade for her long before she became SOS. Your Benghazi babble has long been worn out. Try Fox for a reboot.

  17. NYT blames their sources for their incompetent reporting, but I think they knew exactly what they were doing. It’s not a few badly botched stories about Hillary; it’s their entire narrative.

    I find far more truth in a single day reading a website like than in an entire month of the NYT.

  18. …just got a call…
    …the Cavemen from the Geico commercials do NOT like being compared to those like Mick; what do ya call a caveman who ignores facts???
    …some animals dinner…

  19. Oh it absolutely was a hit job every time.

    Media Matters has done research on how each story came about and how the campaign told them the stories were not true and provided proof but they went with it anyway.

    The Times changed headline, then a few words then removed a sentence, etc.

    The campaign, Jen Palmieri, sent them a very long tsk tsk letter and so many left wing sites caught the lies told by the Times and printed their various versions.

    Screen captures – but they even put it in PRINT versions the next DAY, etc.

  20. Disagree. I agree with you above but not on this.

    Her campaign people are doing fine.

    There are bedwetters and hand wringers among her supporters/donors but the camapaign knows what it is doing. It is entering a new phase now – Fall is the time to ramp it up a little.

    They do not want to spook the horses before they take them out for a ride to the finish line, ya know?

  21. Oh my. I submitted four carefully documented comments noting that and FBI investigation is underway and citing the various laws and regulations that are alleged to have been violated in HOW Hillary used her private email accounts and server for State Department business. The moderators chose not to post these comments.

  22. No I deleted your bullshit because it had no basis in reality. The FBI is not investigating her even your own wingnut paper the Washington times have said that. You are lucky I don’t ban your dumbass

  23. Emails, Benghazi, untrustworthy? Nobody of substance gives a crap or believes any of this nonsense. The GOP is grasping at straws. (Repeat) THE GOP IS GRASPING AT STRAWS. They will continue to do so because they KNOW they have already lost control of another eight plus years. There is no evil Hillary, contrary to GOP belief. She’s the most intelligent and capable person to represent the Presidency in 2016, and dare I say 2020? She’s wants to make actual change to a decimated and dysfunctional system. Bernie’s a dreamer. A really great one, but most of his ideas are not feasable or expedient, in terms of change. Our system of Government still operates in the dark ages, at a snails pace. Hillary is practical, and strong willed. People prefer little women to be submissive. She’s anything but, and HAS THE GUTS TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER!

  24. My colleagues and I are wondering when the Bush/Cheney email scandal will begin. Why were so many emails deleted…not found etc. We believe Madame Secretary apologised because of the time persons took to make this an issue. She did nothing wrong. We not surprised by this as in America it seems the ones with the most money to buy the media..wins. The New York Times really disappoint, we thought better of them.

  25. The emails are not an issue. The State Department has said that, the DoJ said it
    This is written as if there was a ruling, when in fact there was simply a filing by the DoJ. A legal brief. An attorney’s argument.
    The Court could rule against the government.

    But on a more positive note, I did hear that HRC recently got an endorsement from tapioca, vanilla ice cream and sensible shoes.


  26. So you guys are not interested in the truth, either. You are the problem and not the solution.

  27. People, yes, the Benghazi committee is a tool being utilized by Clinton’s right-wing opponents, to be sure. But, they’re not the real problem. So, who is..?

    Well, I believe Carl Bernstein has it right! Back in March around the time of Sec Clinton’s first press conference about her e-mail Carl Bernstein appeared on AC360. Talking to Anderson Cooper (even before Hillary officially announced, mind you) Bernstein said, “in this presidential campaign Hillary Clinton’s biggest challenge won’t come from Republicans or the right.., her biggest foe will be the Media, the political press!”

    So far, the Republicans haven’t had to do any real attacking. For the time being, they’re perfectly happy to let the media do the work for them. And the media is doing a h*ll of a job.

    Wonderful, isn’t it!

  28. This matter with the DoJ is only an argument regarding what needs to be produced in response to a FOIA request. It does nothing to exonerate her.

  29. Remains to be seen.

    But the DoJ’s job in this instance is to represent the State Dept. against the Judicial Watch lawsuit.

  30. Some people never learn, can’t learn, or don’t want to learn. They would rather bask in the GOP alternate reality.

  31. Thanks for your article. I am glad that you pointed to this insanity about Hillary’s email. It was totally illogical when there was NO EVIDENCE for hacked account or shared information, they make a non-issue a 24/7 issue over several months. Indeed, I think journalists should be ashamed of themselves to go so low in logic and comments … when there are so many things happening around the world .. when an outstanding human being is a candidate for democrats, who happens to be also the first viable woman candidate, these so-called journalists should have known that sometimes, one does not respond, because the questions are either stupid or irrelevant, or in their case, both :) … increase the level of conversation and stop harassing your best candidate – critical is fantastic … but it does not mean harassement – it means being objective and sorry journalists you showed low judgment :)))))) … I wish you evolution :)

  32. Rin: when have the rethgus ever.. played fair? THEY ALWYS GO TO THE LOWEST DENOMINATOR. Think back to all the dirty tricks and lies told and repeated by them every election…They always claim to be Christian but, do not follow the example or word of Christ. I think the thugs are mentally insane..

  33. The GOP doesn’t have to worry about Hillary. None of the current Republican candidates will get far enough to bow to her ankles.

  34. Let me try this again.

    This is a law suit filed in a federal court, Judicial Watch on one side, State Dept. on the other….REPRESENTED by the DOJ. These assertions by the DOJ are not binding on anyone or anything. They are just arguments in a law suit. Only the federal court can resolve the pending suit.
    Read the article at Buzzfeed. It helps make this all a little more clear. And don’t miss the last sentence.

    “The court has yet to rule on the order.”

  35. this is a great article I sure wish it rfor a long time since the first Clinton administration. I think a lot of the media is upset because Hillary had the values and moral fortitude to keep her family together and to be her own woman. she is a great lady and will be a great president.

  36. The FBI will eventually have to bring charges against Hillary. It will take expert testimony on subtle classification issues to keep her out of jail and to avoid fines, which she could afford. Her days in politics will soon be over.

  37. Not normally a grammar N@zi or anything… However there is one that gets to me… It’s Moot… NOT mute…
    If you are using voice to text, you got a valid excuse…


  38. Sat Mar 14, 2015 at 02:56 PM PDT

    The Plot Thins: State Dept regs require employees to decide what e-mails are preserved

    Media Matters points us to State Dept Reg. 5 FAM 443.2:

    E-mail message creators and recipients must decide whether a particular message is appropriate for preservation In making these decisions, all personnel should exercise the same judgment they use when determining whether to retain and file paper records.
    We already know there was no prohibition until 2014 regarding the use of private e-mail accounts. We now know that, as a formal matter, even e-mails sent or received on State Department email account were not automatically preserved. Instead only those e-mails designated for preservation, by the determination of the individual holding the e-mail, would be preserved.
    Hillary Clinton should have made these determinations in a timely manner. When she did not, after the effective date (in 2010) of the 2009 NARA regulation, she failed to com…

  39. Charlie,
    Any person, or organization (like Judicial Watch) can sue anyone at any time. The fact that the lawsuit was filed means nothing. I could sue you for writing dumb things on this website but that doesn’t mean I’d necessarily win (though I probably would).

  40. You’re giving them an excuse, they have none, they are mentally evil. They are driven by lust for money and power, period, and God help anyone who might seem to stand in their way. They have no honor, no dignity, no patriotism.

  41. The “Rethugs” last “fair” Presidential Campaign may have been in 1960, then look what happened after that.

  42. HRC is an intelligent, strong, and persevering woman. The GOP’s worst nightmare.

    That is why they are picking and picking at her, because she is a threat. If she was not a threat, they would not bother with her.

    The GOP is trying to tear her down before she even gets into the thick of her campaign, because she has a great chance of winning and is everything they are not. She is putting outlines of plans out there, the GOP as usual resorts to trying to find dirt on their opponents, they have nothing to offer.

  43. yep, Dicky Nixon was given the chance to use make-up on the first televised presidential debate and he refused. so he CHOOSE to appear as a sweaty dishonest troll. which he proved when he went all dirty tricks when he finally bought an election.

  44. Rove, with the approval of Bush and Cheney, ERASED twenty-two million e-mails just before they left office.

    Jeb Bush took his server with him when he left the governor’s mansion.

    How many people in this country know this? I’m betting, very, very few.

    But everyone’s heard the screeching of BENGHAZI! EmailGATE! Why? Because our media, clearly in the tank for the GOP and billionaires, are in full Clinton-character assassination mode, and I’m getting sick of it.

    For the record? Hillary Clinton apologized ONLY for not using two servers, not for any wrongdoing because there was no wrongdoing. Let’s at least keep that in perspective.

  45. Judicial Watch is a right-wing group funded by right-wing “organizations”.

    And you expect Liberals to take their partisan law suit seriously? Really?

    It’s just another frivolous partisan law suit that’s going nowhere, but it’s good red meat for the Right-wing numbskulls who know darn well that Hillary Clinton will beat any of their weak candidates in a head-to-head showdown.

  46. But the DoJ’s job in this instance is to represent the State Dept. against the Judicial Watch lawsuit.

    And right-wing Judicial Watch’s job is to take down any Democrat who poses a threat to their candidates. Your job, it seems, is to explain and spread their lies as far and wide as you can, charlie.

  47. I didn’t know that, it doesn’t surprise me though.

    I think it was a republican thing to do, they all know they have dirt to cover up. I also think they learned a big lesson with Nixon, erase the proof.

  48. The only ones who the fake email scandal matters are the Republicans who will never vote for Hillary anyways.

    Meanwhile I am FURIOUS with the media for once again attacking Hillary with no cause and attempting to derail her becoming the first woman President of the US.

    Where is the outrage over the Bush administration deleting 22 million emails on a secret server in the White House that was run by the RNC?

  49. Isnt this special
    Mediaite Reports Misleading Results Of Hillary ‘Liar’ Poll

    When even Mediaite is pointing out the way this recent Quinnipiac poll (saying the first thing people thought of when they thought of Hillary Clinton was “liar”) has been unfairly reported as representative of all voters, you know there’s a problem. Columnist Tommy Christopher got them to release their internal polling numbers, and they paint a different story:

  50. Maddies Mom. I agree with you but let me put on my “devil’s advocate” cap for a moment and ask you why the news media keeps mentioning her emails? If the issue has been settled then there should be no more mention of them. Right?

  51. Why you ask? Because several Hundred Classified E-Mails WERE found on her private server that were NOT supposed to be there. Clinton herself during confirmation hearings was asked about the use of personal server issue by Gov Employee’s prior to taking the position of SOS. She stated that it was a direct violation of State Dept policy and that if she was appointed to the position of SOS that she would address the Problem of Gov Employee’s using private server’s for State Dept business. So How did that work out? Video’s are online of the Hearings along with transcripts. You don’t really expect Liberal rags such as this to print the truth do you? She is looking at serious Jail time. This is not going away. We should demand that out rep’s in DC be held to a Higher Standard due to the highly sensitive jobs they perform, don’t you think?

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