The editorial board of the Washington Post has had it up to here with Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. On Thursday, they published an essay telling readers that the former secretary’s mishandling of classified information was not, in fact, “one of the most important issues facing the country this election.”
With an unusual amount of arrogance (even for the Washington Post), the editors told us that there were several reasons that Americans should put the email scandal out of their minds forever. One, the memo FBI Director James Comey sent to his staff last week about criticism of the bureau. In it, Comey said that anyone who thought Clinton should have been prosecuted was just “chest-beating” for the media and did not have any idea what they were talking about.
“Anyone who claims that Ms. Clinton should be in prison accuses, without evidence, the FBI of corruption or flagrant incompetence,” the editors advise.
Well, what are the facts? She broke the law – that’s fact number one. The FBI let her off the hook – that’s fact number two. So what other conclusion can we possibly reach? The law is the law, the penalties are the penalties, and the real-life outcome does not match those realities. When someone can coherently explain the gap, we can start entertaining possibilities other than corruption and incompetence. So far, that hasn’t happened.
“Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of…a minor email scandal,” they write.
No matter how many times her liberal supporters repeat it, there is nothing at all “minor” about treating classified information like grandma’s email forwards. If none of that information fell into the hands of our enemies (and we’re far from certain about that), then it was nothing but a miracle of divine intervention that prevented it. Make no mistake, if a single American’s death could be tracked back to Hillary’s carelessness – something that could have very easily happened – she would be finished as a candidate. And since it could have happened, we should treat it as though it did happen. It was not through any actions on Hillary’s part that it didn’t.
The Washington Post is clearly trembling over the possibility of President Trump, and that’s all well and good, but they have let their bias consume the last remaining shreds of their journalistic integrity.