August 30, 2015

WashPost’s Ignatius Relies on Hillary Clinton Defender With Undisclosed Connections

One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius’s attempt to deny that it’s a scandal at all in Thursday’s Washington Post.

Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.” Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn’t he? He’s not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton’s previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator’s national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.

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August 29, 2015

Media Yawns as Fox Reports That FBI’s Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Is Focusing on Espionage Act

The establishment press is all over revelations by Fox News Friday morning that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails involves a “section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793,” and that “the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to ‘gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,’” according to “an intelligence source.”

Just kidding. The only reaction I’ve seen thus far is at the Friday evening version of “The 2016 Blast” collection by Henry C. Jackson at the Politico. The fifth item covered — after a snippet on “John Kasich’s Aerial Attack” and three snoozers on Mrs. Clinton’s predictable dissembling — reads as follows (bolds and italics are theirs):

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August 26, 2015

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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August 24, 2015

NY Times Finds Dem Who Thinks Hillary’s Email Scandal is GOP’s ‘Swift Boat Issue of 2015′

You can tell that the left is getting nervous about a scandal when they invoke the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth campaign of 2004 against John Kerry.

As I noted on Saturday, Maria L. La Ganga at the Los Angeles Times did that as she described Planned Parenthood’s attempts to fight back against the Center For Medical Progress’s exposure of their baby body parts business. On Friday at the New York Times, in a story about how Hillary Clinton was “interrupting” her Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Amy Chozick found a Clinton contributor who characterized her email and private server scandal as “somewhat of a tempest in a teapot” and also described it as “their (Republicans’) Swift boat issue of 2015.”

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Positivity: US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Paris:

Aug. 23, 2015 4:59 PM EDT

Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, recounting for the first time on Sunday how a likely catastrophe was averted two days earlier, said the gunman, an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest, seemed like he was “ready to fight to the end.” But he added, “So were we.”

Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of humility, the three described Friday’s drama on an Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train.

His arm in a sling, Stone, 23, said he was coming out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared.

One of his friends, Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan, “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.’”

French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. A French citizen who first came across the gunman near a train bathroom and a British man who joined to help tie up the assailant also are being honored with the award, according to the president’s office.

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 23, 2015

The Dean Pipedream: Hillary’s Email and Server Scandal ‘Manufactured’ by a ‘Bored’ Press

11-1/2 years ago, we had the “Dean Scream.” After finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa caucuses, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean attempted to further fire up his strangely giddy supporters by telling them about upcoming state primaries they would fight to win. After finishing his list, Dean told them: “And then we’re going to Washington, DC to take back the White House!” — and shouted out the scream heard ’round the world which ended his electoral viability.

Sunday on Meet the Press, we saw the “Dean Pipedream.” Asked by host Chuck Todd how well Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has handled the scandal over her use of a private server for personal and government emails while serving as Secretary of State, Dean blamed her situation “partly … (on) a press that’s bored.” Contrary to Dean’s assertion, the intrepid folks at NewsBusters and the Media Research Center who monitor the Big Three networks and other establishment press outlets have chronicled a consistently determined reluctance to report on newsworthy scandal-related developments.

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August 22, 2015

LA Times Reporter: CMP’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Vids Are Like ‘Discredited’ Swiftvets ‘Smear’

Well, this was inevitable. On the same day that the Center for Medical Progress exposed the CEO of former Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress laughing “about shipping whole baby heads,” a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, in what I have beeen told is a front-page story, has compared CMP’s video campaign exposing the commerce in baby body parts to the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth’s campaign. The Swift Boat Vets’ effort successfully exposed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s serial lies about his service in Vietnam and his smearing of Vietnam veterans as war criminals after he returned.

Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga joined the paper in 1981, and “has served as San Francisco bureau chief, edited in the Business section and pitched in on five presidential elections.” Even if one of those five elections wasn’t 2004, and even if she didn’t dig into conflicting claims over whether Kerry truly earned the Vietnam War medals he received, it’s virtually inconceivable that she doesn’t know about his frequently stated “Christmas in Cambodia” lie.

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August 21, 2015

AP Report on Hillary’s Email ‘Worries’ Ignores Judge’s Order, Reuters Bombshell

The time stamp on an Associated Press report on Hillary Clinton’s email “worries” (“CLINTON FACING FRESH WORRIES IN CONGRESS OVER EMAILS”) by Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz this morning (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) is 11:21 a.m. Eastern Time.

Despite that time stamp, the report fails to mention a bombshell report from Reuters (“Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest”) originally posted at 5:17 a.m. (time stamp has since been updated). Going even further back, the AP story fails to mention a Thursday afternoon story about how “A federal judge has ordered the State Department to cooperate with the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private email scandal.” The decision to ignore these developments is in all likelihood deliberate.

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August 19, 2015

Defending Hillary, Politico’s Gerstein Changes a Quote, Allows Defense Based on a 1974 Document to Go Unquestioned

You rubes. Don’t you understand that the entire problem Hillary Clinton is facing over her use of a private server to process government communications is the fault of thousands upon thousands of people who don’t know how to classify documents?

That’s essentially the argument Hillary Clinton’s spinmeisters are now employing. This evening, Josh Gerstein at the Politico was all too ready to relay such arguments, even to the point of cleaning up what one of her defenders said to advance the cause.

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August 18, 2015

Undisclosed Hillary Bundler at CNN: She ‘Revived America’s Reputation’

Yesterday, CNN.com published a strong defense of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State by Eleni Kounalakis. An “Editor’s Note” before the piece begins describes Ms. Kounalakis as the “United States ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013,” the author of a book on her time there, and “a senior adviser to the Albright Stonebridge Group” (as in “Madeline Albright“).

The “editor” at CNN “forgot” to mention one “little” thing, noted by John Hinderaker at Powerline: “… she was one of Hillary’s top (2008) fundraisers, a fundraiser who was paid off with an ambassadorship, and therefore hardly an objective observer of Hillary’s successes (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State.”

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August 16, 2015

Press Yawns After ABC Reports That Hillary’s Server Was ‘Likely’ Backed Up

Today on ABC’s This Week, Jonathan Karl reported that “Platte River Networks, the Colorado company which set up (Hillary) Clinton’s servers, told ABC News that it’s highly likely that a full backup of the server was made, meaning those thousands of emails she deleted may still exist.”

This from all appearances huge development has only drawn the interest of several center-right blogs and outlets, a few of which include Twitchy, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller. The establishment press to this point appears determined to ignore it. Can anyone imagine a similar level of disinterest in a highly significant story affecting a Republican or conservative presidential candidate — or, for that matter, the press standing by without pushback if the candidate exhibited the level of mocking, defiant arrogance Mrs. Clinton has consistently shown?

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August 6, 2015

Jon Stewart’s Lowest Moment: Hiroshima Makes Truman a War Criminal

How absolutely serendipitous it is that alleged comedian and actual White House-trained propagandist Jon Stewart’s last broadcast of The Daily Show is today, August 6, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

You see, Stewart, whose influence is especially nefarious when he is revising and distorting history for his relatively young audience, committed his most outrageous such act when, in a 2009 interview with Cliff May, he agreed that U.S. President Harry S. Truman should be considered a “war criminal” for approving that horrific but necessary bombing mission.

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August 5, 2015

For the ‘Bush Lied’ Crowd

No comment needed about something anyone who has read BizzyBlog for years already knows:

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August 4, 2015

Real Time.com Headline: ‘Koch Says U.S. Can Bomb Its Way to $100,000 Salaries’

I noted on Sunday how former Associated Press reporter Philip Elliott, writing for Time magazine’s Time.com website, joined the Scott Walker pile-on brigade criticizing the Wisconsin Governor's reasonable — arguably to a fault — position that he doesn't personally know whether Barack Obama is a Christian.

A separate post by Elliott, which covered a weekend retreat hosted by Charles Koch, originally carried a headline so obviously outrageous that it should never have gotten past him (though, to be fair, he may not have been responsible for creating it) or Time’s editors (if they exist) for more than a few minutes after it appeared. Readers will see that headline after the jump (HT Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air):

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July 26, 2015

Goalposts Moved: Reporter Asks For Proof Hillary’s Private-Server Classified Emails Caused ‘National Security Harm’

Veteran journalist John Harwood, according to his Twitter home page, covers “Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times.”

Saturday morning, despite all of his experience, Harwood tweeted a question (HT Twitchy) so naive that a freshman journalism student would have been embarrassed to ask it:

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