The New York Times Reveals Its Bias Once Again
by Deacon Blues
Now that we are on Day Two of the alleged Clinton classified information scandal, let's peel the onion back a bit before any more hot air comes out.
In its breathless, headline-grabbing story Friday, the lead paragraph in the New York Times' story stated:
Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems.
Then buried down in Paragraph 7 is this:
The two investigators did not say whether Mrs. Clinton sent or received the emails. If she received them, it is not clear that she would have known that they contained government secrets, since they were not marked classified.
But of course by then, the damage is done. By the way, this is the same newspaper that gave us years of Whitewater stories that even Ken Starr couldn't turn into impeachable offenses.
For its part, the Washington Post noted in its story that Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Governmental Affairs committee used his time Friday (unlike the NYT) to actually reach out to the two Inspector Generals involved in the story, Steve Linick at State, and I. Charles McCullough III of the intelligence community, to verify that neither had asked the Justice Department to open a criminal referral. Therefore, any inference by anyone in the media that DOJ was weighing a criminal case wasn't journalism but a hit piece. It should be pointed out that McCullough told the House and Senate intelligence committee leadership Thursday night of the potential leakage of classified information. Yet within hours of that communication, the NYT was going with their breathless story. I wonder how that happened.
Going forward on this story, let's just stipulate to the following:
-Hillary showed poor judgment in setting up a private email server as Secretary of State;
-GOP committee leaders are leaking information to the New York Times to damage Hillary Clinton;
-The New York Times thinks they have their next Whitewater story with this email fiasco;
-There's still no evidence that Hillary Clinton knowingly received and mishandled known classified information through her email server;
-Any attempts by Trey Gowdy or any other Republican to allege otherwise is nothing more than a political smear.
There, we're done.