August 26, 2015

NY Times Runs Interference For Hillary’s Bogusly Taking ‘Responsibility’

I’m sure we all feel better now that Hillary Clinton, as reported by the New York Times late Wednesday afternoon, “took responsibility” for “her decision to use only private email while she was secretary of state.”

Well, no — and Times reporter Maggie Haberman should (and probably does) know why that doesn’t cut it. Mrs. Clinton still maintained on Wednesday that investigations currently in process “will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified.” Information already known shows that contention to be false, and the noise about “markings” is irrelevant in any event.

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AP, While Making Excuses for Hillary, Admits That She Sent Classified Emails

Over at the Associated Press this afternoon (later updated), Ken Dilanian, with the help of four other reporters, prepared a lengthy dispatch attempting to defend 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email and private-server practices. Boiled down to its essence:Boiled down to its essence: “[D]iplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations.”

Nice try, guys, but there are two problems with your “many others did it” defense. First, in the course of attempting to defend her, Dilanian and his team quietly admitted that Mrs. Clinton has been lying when claiming that she never sent any classified emails. Additionally, they ignored a December 2009 Executive Order from President Obama which, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported this morning, specifies that only “intelligence agencies who own that information in the first place have the authority to declassify it.”

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AP Drags Bush 43 Into Coverage of IG’s Report on Solyndra

Almost four years ago, solar energy manufacturer Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, leaving the federal government with a loan guarantee-related loss of up to $535 million.

The Energy Department’s inspector general released a report on the debacle today. At the Associated Press, reporter Kevin Freking made sure readers knew that the loan guarantee program began under President George W. Bush, but somehow “forgot” to note, as the Weekly Standard did at the time, that the Energy Department under Bush made a “unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra’s application two weeks before Obama took office.”

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Press Seems Determined Not to Blame Venezuela’s Chavista Government For Social and Economic Calamity

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:36 am

As Venezuela’s Chavista economy under Nicolas Maduro continues to crumble, the Associated Press and others in the media continue to describe its problems as if they came out of nowhere instead of originating with its statist, oppressive government.

Examples follow the jump.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082615)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Dog calls 911, saves blind owner from house fire

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Philadelphia (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

4:31 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

A service dog is being called a hero after saving her owner’s life by calling 911.

Yolanda uses a specialized telephone and is trained to dial 911.

Her owner is blind, and when Yolanda detected the fire in their Philadelphia home, she alerted authorities.

Yolanda the service dog has twice called 911 to save her owner.

Firefighters rushed to scene in time to save the woman, who is in her 60s.

While she was being treated for smoke inhalation, the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team dropped off food, toys and treats for Yolanda.

The team is nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

They said this is actually the second time Yolanda has called 911.

Last year her owner fell and was knocked unconscious. …

Go here for the rest of the story.