Ken Starr II
Their use of Hillary Clinton as a piñata for right wing causes of course stokes the ire of the Fox News brainwashed but it also serves to show the attitude that Caucasian men still have with women. Full disclosure, I am a Caucasian male. Hillary Clinton, First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, author, was probably the most prepared candidate to win the Oval Office in the history of this country. That's not to say that she would have been the greatest president but she certainly was more than ready for the challenge. Also, it would have proven to the world that the United States had finally grown up. Hillary was respected around the world by our allies. Had she been elected, none of the nonsense of the Trump years would have happened. The majority of those that died because of Covid would likely still be alive. But no, God forbid that a women ascend to the most powerful office in the world. What the use of Hillary as foil shows today is that the attitudes toward women has very much stayed the same. The Fox News consumer, and I include women in that demographic as well, still see women as second class citizens. Republicans with this latest twist on Hillary continue to objectify women and sadly, people still fall for it.
Agree - Marcy Wheeler deserves a shout-out!🏆🇺🇸 Incredible work.
So basically we're back to the theory that the Dems paid the Russians to hack themselves so they could lose to Trump so they could then mount a conspiracy against him. Got it.
While Fox and The Former Guy inflate this story and then shriek about the media ignoring it, the NYT's Charlie Savage accurately noted that some stories are so convoluted that reporters struggle to make sense of them. This is such a story - the Fox News cohort built a monster by putting an inference on top of an inference that came from another inference. Because lawyer A worked at law firm B, and B had done work for the DNC, anything and everything A has ever done was for or at the behest of the DNC. Because Hillary Clinton was the Dem nominee at the time and supported by the DNC, lawyer A was, ipso facto, working for the Clinton campaign. STOP! In Wingnuttia, there's the story. Omitted is the lack of evidence and Durham's agenda, and the fact that there was no spying or hacking. The "story" is Durham wandering far afield of his assigned task, and his unethical and inappropriate use of the court's docket to spread his manure.
As Marcy Wheeler pointed out on Twitter on 2/17/22, Durham's "investigation of the investigation" has already gone on 50% longer than Special Counsel Mueller's. Durham has failed to bring any indictments of significance. Barr left this burning sack of poo on the DOJ's front porch as a not-so-subtle prank to incoming AG Garland. Despite his reluctance to appear political, Garland must pull the plug on Durham's unproductive and destructive snipe hunt.
I know the underlying reason for all of this which is to drum up as much anti-Democratic-Party junk as they can leading into an election cycle. I get it - it's a strategy. However, what I don't get is the insane focus on Hillary Clinton. She's over and done with. She's not running for anything. Most people don't even think about her anymore. I can't imagine that many Fox News drones viewing at home give a damn about Hillary Clinton or what is alleged to have happened seven years ago.
If its about ratings and eyeballs and clicks, I don't even understand the logic of the press pursuing any of this. I mean, they've had a jones for Clinton for ages, but at some point and unlike the Fox News viewer, they have to be smart enough to know no one really gives a damn. If you say Clinton, I heard the name and register that I heard it. Do I then go on to think about Clinton in my non news absorbing time? No. I have real life things to do - for example, bake more artisan bread and try to bake my own biscotti. Important stuff.
If the press is hellbent on boring the crap out of everyone with the same reruns over and over again, they have to know that eventually everyone's tired of that episode.
Said Hillary Clinton:
"So now his accountants have fired him and investigations draw closer to him and right on cue, the noise machine gets turned up. Fox leads the charge with accusations against me counting on their audience to fall for it again. They’re getting awfully close to actual malice” - https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1494420914120781844
Bear in mind that Clinton is a lawyer and chooses her words very carefully. “Malice” carries a lot of weight as the recent Palin trial showed us.
There were a few articles by CNN and other larger media outlets that addressed the substance-free, insinuation-ridden Durham filing for what it is: misinformation and disinformation. Unfortunately, the cavernous void left by the inaction by Garland and Monaco has created an opening for rampant misinformation to proliferate. In the meantime, Durham is spending taxpayer dollars on a fishing expedition with no focus, strategy, or accountability.
It's also a great distraction from the recent revelations about Trump's shady finances. Trump is in cahoots with Durham, most likely, and both of these idiots think the public is going to care about this stale old "crooked Hillary" nonsense.
I seem to remember way back when Durham was hired no one thought he was a right wing mouth piece. Why do so many formerly somewhat reputable figures completely loose their shit when working for trump?
Correct. Not "the media." The fire-hose of fiction, faux grievance, tilting-toward-fascism, pro-Russian anti-traditional American values noise-machine fanatics with a microphone. Another day another new reality. So far, no effective way to stop them.
Today The New Yorker posted its interview with Dean Baquet, who said he never wanted to be an editor. How sad that he didn't manage to achieve that goal.
The media is again acting like they did at the beginning of Drump's presidency. Fearful and too anxious to call the right wing media's assault on Hillary and Dems for what it is. It's blatant gaslighting, lying, and manipulation of their own supporters. (I'm furious that Durham has signed on to this scheme.) We need to persuade the media to begin reporting the good things that the PRESENT administration is accomplishing and trying to do. We can continue by demanding that the media calls the GOP manipulation exactly what it is. No pussy-footing around with gentle adjectives and nouns. This Trumplican manipulation will get worse as 45 gets closer and closer to his investigations, his financial situation gets dire, and criminal truths come flooding out.
The Rs love to keep their constituents in high dungeon all the time; hair on fire ‘news’ gives them an endless amount of topics to lie about, while providing the haters with that dopamine rush. Hillary is their all time fave. Nothing to talk about? Let’s fall back on her, such an easy target. The topic of Durham’s faux investigation is just another in their litany of smokescreens to fool their viewers/voters so they can never see their lies masquerading as truth. The better Biden and the Dems get, the more outrageous are the lies FOX et al purport to be news. Don’t mean to be a Morning Joe cheerleader but this morning’s show lambasted Durham and his report, and then showed powerful clips from a speech Hillary gave at a NY Democratics event y’day. Fab.
If only ….
It's important to note that when Durham was "appointed" by Barr to conduct this utterly bogus "investigation," (one that makes "Travelgate" look like Watergate) the main stream media (and way too many others among us) basically fell over themselves and genuflected before Durham by imbuing him with characteristics he doesn't have, like respect, restraint, or non-partisanship.
The indictment of Sussman is a classic example. It makes me mindful of the old adage that you can indict a ham sandwich, the difference here being that there is meat on a ham sandwich. Durham is a hack and he always has been. Now he's just a has-been.
Fox News should be classified as gossip and moved to the E! Entertainment Network. I am amazed that they still roll with Hillary Clinton controversies when she has not been a part of the political scene in any real way for eight years. Everyone seems to know the well is dry when it comes to Hillary bs except the media. At what point do we start referring to the media as part of the cult? I watched Hillary speak at the NYS Democratic Party Convention yesterday and she was cool, confident and non-plussed by their attempts. She is essentially ROTFLMAO about all of this.