Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Liberal" media scandalizes Clintons but ignores Republican transgressions

Joe Conason write about two examples at One is the business about Secretary of State emails.

Whenever a transgression against transparency is charged against the Clintons, whether real, alleged or invented, America's political media rise up in sustained outrage. From the offices of The New York Times Washington bureau to the Manhattan studio of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," journalists bitterly protest Hillary Clinton's erased emails and her family foundation's fundraising methods. And they will surely snap and snark about her "scandals" from now until Election Day.

Which, under present circumstances, might be justified — she happens to be running for president — except for one glaring problem. Very few in the press corps apply the same standards to any Republican politician.

Nobody will ever get to see the thousands of messages erased from the private email account used by former Secretary of State Colin Powell when he held that high office. He got rid of them and got away with it (as most likely did former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who implausibly claimed not to have used email, when the State Department asked for hers).

The same double standard applies to raising money. Clintons get nailed but the Bushes are off the hook. Check the column for more.

"Liberal" media? Not really.

(The column appeared in the GV News print edition but not on-line. Go figure.)

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