(Washington Post) [T]he likely next House speaker, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), [said] that the taxpayer-funded Benghazi investigation was politically motivated…
McCarthy boasted in two television interviews on Tuesday that the committee’s work already had achieved a desired result: Clinton’s decline in the polls.
Nevertheless, you can’t keep a good woman down. – Caro:
(Political Wire) A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll finds Hillary Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field with 41% — a double-digit drop in two months — followed by Bernie Sanders at 23% and Joe Biden at 20%.
But there’s GOT to be BAD NEWS, right? Yep, here it is. – Caro:
Asked for a single word that describes each contender, the most frequent response for Clinton was “liar/dishonest,” followed by “untrustworthy/fake.” For Sanders, the most frequent response was “socialist” and the second most frequent “favorable/good.”
My comment – Caro:
JOE BIDEN IS NOT A CANDIDATE! He shouldn’t be included in these polls, and if he weren’t, Hillary would still be above 50%. And it’s just beyond me how she could be “most frequently” described as liar/dishonest but still be in the lead. I think this is another bogus poll like the Quinnipiac one debunked here - http://bit.ly/1L7EPEy.
One more stupid report like this, Taegan, and I’m outta here.
(Jim Fawcette) Interesting discussion on 538. Short version: If you filter out the media histrionics, Hillary’s favorability with Democrats is extremely stable per Gallup. Now, if you’re on cable news, you can pick a point in the last few months and talk about a precipitous fall, but look at the chart. As for the drip-drip-drip effect, one commenter says the media is negative about her and would have picked something else if it didn’t have the email — criticizing the Foundation, paid speeches, Benghazi (again), who knows Whitewater…
The discussion on my local NBC station Thursday morning was about a number of phishing messages being received on Hillary’s personal server, and how much DANGER there would have been if one of the attachments had been CLICKED and some VIRUS had taken over the machine. I tweeted a response – Caro:
— Carolyn Kay (@ManyYearsYoung) October 1, 2015
(Political Wire) “About two months of emails from the start of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state are missing, and federal officials haven’t been able to recover them,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“An archive of records that Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential front-runner, turned over to the State Department doesn’t begin until March 18, 2009, though she took office as secretary of state in late January of that year. The missing emails raise more questions about her stewardship of official documents during her tenure and whether there is a complete record of the early diplomatic efforts of President Barack Obama’s administration.”
Politico: “The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while she was secretary of state is showing no signs of easing, as the number of messages now deemed classified doubled with the State Department’s latest release and as more details emerged about the potential vulnerability of her account.”
My comment – Caro:
STOP WITH THE EMAIL STUFF, ALREADY! I can see from your recent posts that you’re a Bernie supporter, Taegan, and that’s just fine. I have nothing against Bernie, but I’m getting a really bad feeling about some of his supporters.
The problem is that by promoting these right-wing attacks on Hillary you’re helping to depress the potential Democratic vote next November when she’s the nominee. And that will mean fewer Democrats sent to Congress, lessening the chances of getting any progressive initiatives passed.
If that’s your purpose, then say so. But you’re on the verge of losing a whole lotta Democratic readers if you keep this up.
Does anyone remember the Bush 43 email controversy? – Caro
Another fraudulent story: The headline seems quite striking, at first glance – “Emails: Russia-linked hackers tried to access Clinton server.“ Those who do not read past the headlines will have more fuel for their mindless Clinton-hate. Those who read the actual text will learn the truth: That email account received several deceptive “click on this attachment” messages from hackers.
MOST email accounts gets those things. You get them. I get them. Our accounts are all filled with viruses waiting to be activated.
Most of the time, those deceptive messages end up in the spam filter. Since Hillary’s account was on a private server, the spam remains on the machine. Examiners found them, and now everyone is making a big deal out of bullshit.
There is no evidence that Hillary or anyone else ever clicked on those attachments.
One other point: It is clear that the hackers did not know that they were targeting an account used by Hillary Clinton. The hackers disguised the viral payload in an email which pretended to be about unpaid traffic tickets. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if a million people got that one. (Hillary does not do her own driving, a fact easily obtainable via Google.)…
By the way: You can be pretty damned sure that every political figure, Republican and Democrat, makes private use of one or more email accounts. You can also be pretty damned sure that these accounts have deceptive (and virus-laden) emails from bad guys lurking somewhere in the spam folders.
What happened to Hillary happens to everyone.
So, is it any wonder that
(Gallup) Four in 10 Americans say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. This ties the historical lows on this measure set in 2014 and 2012. Prior to 2004, slight majorities of Americans said they trusted the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio.