THERE IS A RUMOR GOING 'ROUND that the media is liberal, pro-Democrat, and is managing one candidates PR.
I'm aghast. Say it isn't so.
As a former - as in "When Hector was a pup" - newspaper reporter and later editor, I always considered the NY Times' promise "All the news that's fit to print" to be all inclusive. (As a former newspaper printer, I know that in reality it was "all the news that fit," but I also knew that good reporters got the point of the story in the fir)st (few) paragraph(s) - if something had to be "cut" it was at the end of the story - or should have been - "supplemental information."
I'll admit that different reporters report different things from the same source. On the local level, that makes sense; the audience is interested in news of it's town and people, but national outlets, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, et al, would seem to be reporting the same thing.
But they don't.
Case in point: Hilary Clinton's infamous emails, sensitive, classified, self-serving, and just plain chatty are all fodder for today's "journalists."
At the close of the 2015 calendar year, the Feds released a chest-banging apology for failing to meet a judge's order on the number of Mrs. Clinton's emails to be released monthly. The "holidays" were blamed for the missed target.
All of the media covering the email story reported the reason for the delay. But then, there is "the rest of the story."
The following information was pulled from the WWW on January 1, 2016.
3rd para: As in previous email releases, the current batch of emails includes some labeled "classified." That, however, does not indicate that the information in them was classified at the time Clinton sent or received them.
Avoids all mention of sensitive or classified emails.
Paras 5 & 6: The latest batch of 3,105 emails includes 275 documents upgraded to "classified" since they landed in the former Secretary's personal inbox. That brings the total number of classified docs found in the emails to 1,274. A State Department official told Fox News on Thursday that two of those emails were upgraded to "secret," while most of the others were upgraded to "confidential."
The newly released emails reveal Clinton and one of her closest aides, Jake Sullivan, had an exchange in September 2010 that showed considerable confusion over her email practices.
3rd para: Portions of 275 documents in the batch were upgraded to classified, though they were not classified at the time they were sent to Clinton's personal email, according to the State Department. In total, 1,274 of her emails were retroactively classified by the government before their release.
Talks of sniping at Obama flunkies, but never uses words "sensitive" or "classified" in re her emails.
Leads with: The agency released roughly 5,500 more pages of emails from the private email account that Clinton exclusively used during her four years at Foggy Bottom, with an additional 275 messages now upgraded to classified, bringing the total number of retroactively classified emails that moved through Clinton’s unsecured server to 1,274.
Never mentions any sensitive, much less classified, emails.
EVEN KNOWING how the media works, I am amazed that only TWO (Fox and Politico) of seven national media outlets mentioned the reason the emails are being produced:: to identify sensitive and classified information that then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had on her prohibited private email server.
Now if Donald Trump had even one compromising email on a server he controlled, imagine the hew and cry the five outlets that appear to be working as part of Mrs. Clinton's PR campaign would be making.
Believe that and I have a bridge to sell you..
A FINAL THOUGHT on "retroactively classified" emails. While the emails were on Mrs. Clinton's prohibited private server no one had permittedaccess to them and thus, none of the emails were classified at any security level. Her server was less secure than Defense Department or even State Department servers, yet we know many government servers have been compromised and information stolen. "Retroactive classification" only means that the emails were classified AFTER being pulled from Mrs. Clinton's server.