Former President Bill Clinton is exposing how the media and the Republican Party continue to work together to push the bogus Hillary Clinton email scandal.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked former President Clinton why Hillary Clinton is having a tougher time than many imagined as a candidate, and he answered with the truth.
So, this is just something that has been a regular feature of our presidential campaigns, except 2008 for unique reasons. Ever since Watergate, something like this happens. And so, I’d rather it happen now than later and it was always going to happen.
The other party doesn’t want to run against her, and if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible. And they know that if they leak things, say things that that is catnip to the people who get bored talking about what’s your position on student loan relief or dealing with the shortage of mental health care or what to do with the epidemic of prescription drugs and heroin out in America, even in small towns of rural America, or how are you going to get jobs into coal country given how much they’ve lost in the last 20 years.
So, that just happens. It always happens. We’re seeing history repeat itself. And I actually am amazed that she’s borne up under it as well as she has. But I have never seen so much expanded on so little.
But it’s obvious what happened. You know, at the beginning of the year she was the most admired person in public life and she earned it. Why? Because she was being covered by people who reported on what she was doing. The new star treaty, the Iran sanctions, tripling the number of people on aids getting medicine for no more tax money.
America was — when she left office, our approval rating was more than 20 points higher than it had previously been. What happened? The presidential campaign happened. And the nature of the coverage shifted from is she based political? And it happened. You can’t complain.
This is not — this is a contact sport. They’re not giving the job away. And people who want to race, wanted her to drop some, and people in the party desperately wanted it because she’s already put out more positions on more issues and said how she would pay for them I think based on the others combined, based on the two — the Republicans based on the two debates I saw.
What makes former President Clinton’s point even stronger is the fact that the media has ignored other high profile email scandals.
In 2011, The Boston Globe reported that before Mitt Romney left office as governor of Massachusetts 11 members of his staff bought their hard drives and wiped all of the emails, “Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 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.”
Reuters reported that Romney spent nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money on replacing all of the computers in his office just before his term ended.
Mitt Romney wiped his email server clean, something that Hillary Clinton did not do, and the media never covered it. Do you remember Mitt Romney apologizing for his email scandal? Of course not, because it never happened.
Former President Clinton was right. Republicans are feeding the email story to the media, and the press is running with it because they are bored by the real issues of the campaign. The mainstream press claims that the reason their political coverage is so superficial is because the American people don’t care about the issues.
The reality is that the media has chosen not to devote time and energy to the issues. It is much easier and cheaper to cover the scandals and the polls, which are influenced greatly by the media’s own coverage decisions than to inform the electorate.
Bill Clinton nailed it. There has to be one scandal in every campaign that the media tries to hype to near Watergate levels. Republicans can’t beat Democrats on the issues, so they are working with the country’s lazy corporate owned media to push Hillary Clinton’s emails as a scandal.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association