Clinton subjected to a different standard

GEORGE E. CURRY | 6/6/2016, 8:32 a.m.
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George Curry

When Democrats took control of Congress and started looking into whether the U.S. attorneys had been fired for purely political reasons, it was announced that as many as 22 million emails may have been “lost” from the private gwb43.com server, including nearly all relating to the fired federal attorneys.

The media reaction was in sharp contrast to how it has treated the disclosures about Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Media Matters observed, “The White House email story broke on a Wednesday. Yet on that Sunday’s Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and Fox News Sunday, the topic of millions of missing White House emails did not come up. At all. (The story did get covered on ABC’s This Week.)

“By comparison, not only did every network Sunday news show this week cover the story about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emails, but they were drowning in commentary. Between Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, and Fox News Sunday, Clinton’s ‘email’ or ‘emails’ were referenced more than 100 times on the programs, according to Nexis transcripts.”

It continued, “How did the Washington Post and New York Times commentators deal with the Bush email scandal in the week following the confirmation of the missing messages? In his April 17, 2007 column, Post columnist Eugene Robinson hit the White House hard. But he was the only Post columnist to do so. On the editorial page, the Post cautioned that the story of millions of missing White House emails might not really be a ‘scandal.’ Instead, it was possible, the Post suggested, that Rove and others simply received ‘sloppy guidance’ regarding email protocol.”

In case you missed the point, the watchdog group said, “Just to repeat: In 2007, the story was about millions of missing White House emails that were sought in connection to a Congressional investigation. Yet somehow the archiving of Clinton’s emails today requires exponentially more coverage, and exceedingly more critical coverage.”

“Of course, back in 2007 Fox News seemed utterly uninterested in the Bush email story days after the news broke. A search of Fox archives locates only one panel discussion about the story and it featured two guests accusing Democrats of engineering a ‘fishing expedition.’

“From then-Fox co-host, Fred Barnes: ‘I mean, deleted e-mails, who cares?’”

No one – unless it involves Hillary Clinton.

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