Why do great civilizations fall? Is it political corruption, overextended militaries, or even public health crises? For future historians’, the most convincing explanation for America’s fall, should Donald Trump end up her author and finisher: bad journalism.
For more than a year Trump’s “truthful hyperboles” and barbaric campaign persona have played to the fantasists on the right and on the left. Either we have elected an opportunistic, conservative businessman who is only just beginning to understand the constraints on his office, or we are standing on the doorstep of the apocalypse.
Question: How well did the press succeed in getting Trump to release his tax returns? In getting him to release relevant health information about himself? In getting him to hold a press conference during the final months of the campaign?
You proved all pollsters wrong, and you surprised the world. Now, for the good of the world, please don’t allow this victory to blur your judgment and seek common ground with your adversaries at home and abroad.
For the entire year, the networks have devoted zero minutes to in-depth policy discussions, but they dedicated 125 minutes to Clinton emails. Media Matters found that in the week following’s Comey’s announcement, five major newspapers published 100 stories about the emails, 46 of which appeared on the front page.
Abedin informed the FBI in April that, like many State Department officials, she found the government network technology cumbersome, and she had great trouble printing documents there. As a result, she sometimes transferred emails from her unclassified State Department account to either her Yahoo account and printed the emails from there.
FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress on Sunday, saying the agency had not changed its conclusions from July that no criminal charges were warranted against Clinton for her use of a private email server for government work.
Several historians and former agents said the unusual leaking of information and subsequent media reports can do damage not only to the current presidential election but also to the FBI’s effectiveness and the nation’s democracy.
Leaking investigative material is always a violation of rules that protect the rights of all citizens. Violating those rules to achieve a partisan objective before the election is an assault on democracy.
Obama appointed Comey FBI director because he seemed like the best man in the Bush administration — a tragic error that could lose his team the political World Series. Obama’s choice is clear. For the common good, Director Comey must be stopped.
These new disclosures about Trump—the FBI investigating his ties with Russia; his long record of destroying legal documents related to ongoing lawsuits; not paying in full for agreed-upon services; not paying tens of millions in income taxes—cannot be compared in any substantive way to whatever mistakes Clinton made while using a private email server as secretary of state.
Comey the ‘terrific lawyer’ and ‘standup guy’ no longer exists. What we have instead is a spineless partisan who planted an IED in the middle of the 2016 presidential election—apparently because he feared criticism from GOP congressmen who drink from “Presidential Bitch” coffee mugs.
According to Reid, the FBI director “possess[es] explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government—a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity.”
In interviews with Media Matters, several signatories of the letter were critical of the “firestorm of misinformation” and baseless speculation that has dominated media coverage of Comey’s actions since Friday.
Unlike conventional political polls, the markets don’t dwell much on questions of a candidate’s honesty, trustworthiness or sexual behavior. With few exceptions, America’s business leaders have endorsed Clinton’s candidacy.
There’s another factor that could spell a departure in the 2016 race from the presidential contests of 2012 and 2008, which will not be known until after the vote is in — just who will decide to vote? The trick for pollsters will be to find ways of measuring any such changes to the composition of the electorate. The trick for everybody else: understanding what it means for our politics.