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Sunday, December 31, 2017

They did it to us AGAIN!

The right wing -- which apparently has some moles in the mainstream media -- is trying to convince the populace that some horrifying, damning, new new NEW information has come out concerning Hillary Clinton and Human Abedin and Anthony Weiner and those damned emails.

Guess what? It's not really new. They are re-using the same old trick. From Politico...
The State Department on Friday released 2,800 work-related emails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, that were found by the FBI on the laptop computer of Abedin’s husband, disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.

Five of the messages from Abedin were marked classified, like numerous other emails that were sent or received by Clinton or her aides then deemed classified by the State Department in the process of preparing them for public release in response to Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits. Friday’s batch of emails is connected to a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative group that is seeking access to work messages Abedin sent from a personal email account.
The key words here -- which few on the right (or the left, for that matter) will bother to notice -- are "classified by the State Department in the process of preparing them for public release."

Here's the evidence:

That's the classification stamp on this big, bad new release. Check out the date. This file A) did not originate with Hillary and B) was not classified until 2015.

We've been down this road before.

In the early days of the email scandal, the right wing propagandists kept screaming that classified emails were on the server. And it always turned out that none of this stuff was classified at the time.

As the pseudoscandal progressed, one document actually marked (c) finally showed up. That particular document was a piece of piffle involving the new leader of Malawi -- a document which never should have been classified in the first place, since it offered no information not available to anyone with access to Wikipedia.

(Besides, it's freakin' Malawi.) (No insult meant to the people of that country, which I'm sure is a lovely place.)

The right-wingers are masters at this. They keep repackaging the same bullshit and making it seem new. Remember the recent story about those two FBI personnel who were dating, and whose emailed communications privately expressed distaste for Donald Trump, and who were fired by Mueller even though (in my opinion) they did nothing wrong? The right-wingers took those few facts and repackaged them for over a week. Every day, I'd wake up and see scary headlines. "Has the case taken a new turn?" I'd ask myself. Nope. Same damned information; new headline. Sometimes I think we're living in the Fox News remake of Groundhog Day.

Perhaps it would be as well to say a few words about the newly-released email which received that belated "confidential" stamp (the lowest level of classification -- a level so low it barely counts as classified). I've read that email. As you might expect, it's just more piffle -- talking points for a call with Prince Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia. There's a note to Hillary outlining what to say if the Prince should bring up the cables leaked by Wikileaks. And what did she say to the Prince? The same thing everyone in the State Department said whenever that subject came up. Big effing deal.

Putting a classification stamp on this stuff in 2015 is silly. At any rate, I must repeat: It wasn't classified at the time.

That's the part that the right-wing newsers never tell you.

Politico and CNN also leave that part out, although I don't know why. That's how they sullied the reputation of Hillary Clinton. That's why Donald Trump is president.
The print and broadcast news media leaves out the mitigating factors because outrage sells soap flakes.
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