Yesterday on WCRN Hank Stolz commented on the revelations concerning Donna Brazile funneling debate questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign which caused CNN to drop her (although apparently it didn’t cause CNN to devote a lot of air time to the story).
In the course of his comments he asked what would seem to be a logical question and I’m paraphrasing here: Why would she bother to do so?
Several of the questions could have been anticipated and were on topics that she was likely prepared for, that being the case, why would she bother to take the risk of scandalous behavior for a seemingly minimal advantage?
It is seemingly a very good question however the answer is very obvious: Why wouldn’t she?
- There was apparently no reason to believe the people she contacted in the Clinton campaign would object to refuse or divulge the reception the inside information
- There was apparently no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton herself or any of her debate prep handlers would would be passed this info would object to, refuse or expose her divulging inside information.
- There was apparently no reason to believe that the any such person would give a tip to the media about the divulging of this information or apparently the media bothering to report on it.
- And There was apparently no reason to believe that the media would pursue this question on their own.
She didn’t worry about the dangers of being caught because she knew that neither the Clinton campaign nor the media that supports it would have any inclination to try to catch or expose her but she had positive evidence that any attempt to claim that the fix was in would be met with universal derision and ridicule by the media.
In other words she had no reason to believe there would be any consequences for her actions so why shouldn’t she do these things?
It was only through Wikileaks that this information came out, and this was something she did not anticipate nor did she have reason to do so at the time of her actions.
A better question for Hank to ask is this: Given the complete lack of risk of exposure for these actions, how many years do you think people like Donna Brazile were “fixing” debates in this way? As the Hill put it:
Americans now have reason to wonder about the other debates and who else in the so-called unbiased media world was seeking to assist the Clinton campaign by sneaking her a preview of questions or tilting the news in her favor. Such thinking is no longer cynical; it’s just realistic as we’ve seen just how widespread the corruption and bias goes.
And if people are willing to cheat in the debates, what else wouldn’t they justify cheating on to accomplish their ends?
Closing thought: I have for many years publicly objected to wikileaks and anonymous and still do. I don’t like hacking and believe in personal privacy. The question is: Given the fact that there is every reason to believe this illegal/immoral behavior would have continued unabated without these exposures, can these actions be justified as a form of “guerrilla journalism” to keep our rulers honest? Particularly give the fact that almost nobody in the MSM is asking the obvious question raised at the Hill, certainly not on TV anyways.
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