Now I don’t spend a ton of time on Hillary’s e-mail server scandal because I know a lot of you have it covered. Also, it’s not like there’s a lack of Hillary Clinton stories to deal with here at LwC (see Hillary Clinton Supports Down Syndrome and Gender-Based Abortions and OOPS: Hillary Clinton Promises To Put Working Class People Out of Work). This one’s worth watching though. CNN just released an absolutely brutal fact check on all the lies she and her supporters have told regarding the controversy.
“Was Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state ‘absolutely permitted?’” Tapper asked. “No — that’s not true.”
“Clinton did not provide the State Department with the emails from her private server until 21 months after she left office,” Tapper said, adding that a federal judge said the former secretary of state “failed to follow government policy on preserving federal records.”
“In the end,” Tapper said, “Clinton’s exclusive use of her private email server for the people’s business was definitely unusual, it was definitely discouraged and she did not comply with government regulations when it came to preserving government records.”
“To all politicians out there, you’re perfectly entitled to your own opinions, not your own facts.”
This election is going to be a long, bloody, drawn out five months. For everyone involved. It is important to note however, the change in tenor over at CNN. At one point in time (like, only five years ago) this surprisingly ruthless fact-check on a Democratic candidate would be inconceivable. But in responding to market forces, CNN has been increasingly positioning itself as a more centrist news network, both through bringing in more “conservative” contributors and with content like this. Maybe that’s why they’ve actually pulled ahead of FoxNews for the first time in fourteen years (read “Media Upset: CNN Beats Fox News For First Time in Over a Decade” here). Time will tell.
After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Larry King accidentally admitted an unbelievable media bias without actually knowing it. He pretty much unwittingly copped to media malpractice. The difference is that before the interwebz, people like him were actually able to get away with it. So places like CNN (and yes, FoxNews) have had to adjust accordingly. It’s good times…