The mass media in this country is doing everything possible to load up the airwaves with Donald Trump bashing so as to avoid talking about the real October surprise: The John Podesta emails released by WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton and her campaign team go back to the same pat phrase every time a new series of emails is published: “We should be talking about Russia!” Well, no doubt.
But first, we should talk about these five revelations:
According to an email written by Hillary Clinton or someone using her account on August 17, 2014, ISIS is receiving financial support from our supposed allies in the Middle East.
“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to [ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Clinton (?) wrote to Podesta.
Also in the emails, we get to peek behind the scenes and see several nauseating examples of the “objective” press linking arms with the Clinton campaign.
In one CNBC reporter John Harwood emailed Podesta to warn him about a rising star in the Republican field.
“Watch out,” Harwood wrote on May 8, 2015. “Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general.”
In another troubling exchange, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich apparently asked Clinton’s communications director to edit his interview with the candidate for him. She was pleased to do so, suggesting he cut several comments Hillary made in the interview before publishing it.
Bernie, Bernie, Bernie
Hillary Clinton is all about reaching out to those stubborn Bernie Sanders millennials, but those idealistic young men and women can’t be happy about some of the leaks.
In one email, a Clinton operative mailed Podesta a 71-page research document on Sanders, accompanied by the message: “Attached are some hits that could either be written or deployed during the next debate on Sanders.”
In others, Clinton staff debated about the wisdom of fighting with Bernie over Wall Street, proclaiming it “the fight he wants to have.”
What the Hell, New Hampshire?
Some of the emails revealed how Hillary and her team reacted to their impending loss in New Hampshire. On February 7, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff Tina Flourney said the former president was not happy about the polls.
“He’s losing it bad today,” Flournoy wrote. “I’m not with him. If you’re in NH please see if you can talk to him.”
Three days earlier, Hillary’s friend Neera Tanden wrote to Podesta asking, “What is wrong w the people of Nh?”
Sanders ultimately won the state in a landslide.
The Secret Speeches
Speaking of Bernie Sanders, the Clinton team was well aware of how damaging it would be to give in to his demand that Hillary release the transcripts of speeches she gave around the world for a quarter-million dollars a pop. On January 25, her campaign research director emails her top advisors with a list of “flags from HRC’s paid speeches.”
Among them, Hillary telling a Brazilian bank in 2013 that she dreamed of a “hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.”
Another: Hillary telling the National Multi-Housing Council that politicians like her (and Abe Lincoln) needed a “public and a private position” when trying to get legislation through Congress.
Taken all together – and there may be more to come – it’s not hard to understand why Hillary wants us to focus on the hackers…and not the hack.