LIB MEDIA POUNCES: Then-Sec State Clinton Gave The Brush Off To Congress, Ignoring Email Query

In what appears to be a sign that the liberal media is not done with their probe of the latest scandal to embroil Hillary Clinton, The New York Times is once again pouncing on the just-announced Democrat candidate for president over her highly controversial email practices.

For now, at least, the Times has not moved on past the investigative reporting that analysts say has helped to erode the public’s confidence in Mrs. Clinton’s integrity and trustworthiness.

In the most recent of a number of articles about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server for both official and personal communications, the Times reveals that the then-secretary of state ignored congressional investigators in December of 2012 when they asked her directly about her possible use of a private email account.

Hillary gave the brush-off to the official request from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform headed at the time by Rep. Darrell Issa.

“…Mrs. Clinton did not reply to the letter. And when the State Department answered in March 2013, nearly two months after she left office, it ignored the question and provided no response.”

Fox News reports that the 2012 question posed to Mrs. Clinton was straight-forward and could have been answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”

“The very first question asked by Issa was, ‘Have you or any senior agency official ever used a personal email account to conduct official business? If so, please identify the account used.’”

Still, seven weeks after the date of Issa’s letter — by Mrs. Clinton’s last day as secretary of state on February 1, 2013 — neither Hillary nor any other State Department official had reportedly responded to the question about her use of a non-official email account.

Ignoring, obfuscating, even stonewalling over such matters is nothing new for Hillary Clinton. As the Fox News report goes on to point out: “Last month, the House select committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, subpoenaed all of Clinton’s personal emails. They received no response.”

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Revealed: How Top Dems Hope This Pasta Dish Will Help Hillary Win The White House

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You’ve no doubt heard the familiar saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Now, in a variation on that old saw, top aides to Hillary Clinton are hoping that the way to the media’s heart is also through their stomachs.

It’s become clear over the last few weeks — ever since Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal erupted — that even left-leaning media types like reporters and editors at The New York Times weren’t going to reflexively look the other way and ignore issues that raise concerns about the former secretary of state’s electability in 2016.

With Hillary’s long-anticipated announcement expected to come midday on Sunday that she is officially in the race for president, serious efforts are underway to cozy up to the correspondents, analysts, and pundits whose coverage and opinions will play a crucial role in the race.

Politico has just published a revealing report detailing how a big campaign such as Mrs. Clinton’s sets about winning hearts and minds in the media. And even though one might think that “objective” reporters wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, get too close to the candidates they’re covering, well, you might think again.

“On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta held a private dinner with campaign reporters at his Washington home, where he served his signature pasta puttanesca, as well as a pasta with a walnut sauce….”

The Politico piece notes how important it is to actively woo key media figures who have ranged from cool on Clinton to borderline hostile. And there’s no indication the reporters invited to be seen (as well as to be fed) have balked at the invitation from Clinton confidants and gatekeepers.

“On Friday night, Clinton strategist Joel Benenson will hold a similar dinner with reporters, correspondents and even some television anchors at his apartment in New York.”

Trying to win their way into the reporting graces of The New York Times, even Politico itself seems to be a key objective of Clinton aides and allies intent on improving rapport with reporters.

“To date, The New York Times alone has published more than 40 articles related to Clinton’s use of a private email account while secretary of state, and many other news outlets, including POLITICO, have come forward with revelations of their own.”

In a sign of the times as well as an acknowledgement of the political power of social media, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her second bid for the White House in a highly produced YouTube video to be released around noon Eastern time on Sunday.

That means that, for many, Hillary 2016 will officially launch just after or just before church…and too late for the Sunday TV talk shows to get a crack at the candidate’s coming out message.

As an article in Reuters observes: “Clinton’s use of social media to announce her White House run amounts to the adoption of tactics deployed by Obama in 2008 to raise large sums through small donations and appeal to young voters.”

The Clinton camp is no doubt keenly aware of Hillary’s topple off the political pedestal from which she once held sway over her Republican rivals.

Western Journalism reported on Thursday the results of a new voter survey by the independent pollster Quinnipiac that showed Mrs. Clinton’s popularity has suffered significantly in the turbulent wake of emailgate.

“…Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state….”

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New York Times: Christians Must Be Forced To Accept Gay Lifestyle

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If you ever needed proof of the Left’s totalitarian tendencies, the New York Times has provided it. There is an old liberal saying: “The world is just one execution away from utopia.” Yesterday, the NYT decided that Christians have to be “forced” to accept the gay lifestyle.

In a tirade against people of faith and their “sins,” Frank Bruni goes off on Christians everywhere, demeaning them and basically saying they are unfit to be human beings. However, the striking thing is not just his hatred of Christians, but his remedy to their supposed wrongs.

Bruni wants churches to be unable to call homosexuality a sin. He wants the liberal church teaching of ‘anything goes’ to be adopted by all.

Breitbart puts it this way:

Op-ed writer Frank Bruni, onetime Times restaurant critic and a gay activist, has written that Christians who hold on to “ossified,” biblically-based beliefs regarding sexual morality have no place at America’s table and are deserving of no particular regard.

In one fell swoop, Bruni trashes all believing Christians as “bigots,” saying that Christians’ negative moral assessment of homosexual relations is “a choice” that “prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.”

In other words, if you still cling to your benighted views and your “ancient texts,” you are living in the past and your views merit no respect.

Bruni’s solution to the impasse is not some sort of goodwill compromise or a treaty of mutual respect, but a take-no-prisoners ultimatum to Christians to abandon their beliefs or else.

Mainstream denominations are dying across America as they embrace Brunei’s call to arms. Frankly, I usually don’t wade into the social issues debate; but the totalitarian angle of his thesis is disturbing to me.

Of course, if you listen hard, you can hear the Left also bashing Islam and their killing and mutilating of homosexuals all over the world.

Crickets.

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Chris Matthews Clueless On Why Hillary’s Private Email Account Is Suspicious

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The New York Times piece by Michael S. Schmidt on Hillary Rodham Clinton using a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state has many of her supporters scrambling to justify her actions. Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department is a serious breach of federal law since these communications are considered government records.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks that Mrs. Clinton not using a secure government email account is not worthy of scrutiny. He compared the use of personal email for official government correspondence with the petty violation of stealing office supplies for use at home.

I don’t know with this formal custom how often it’s honored, how often it’s not. It’s almost like don’t take your pens home and use them at home. I wonder if it’s one of those roles.

Matthews asked former campaign strategist David Axelrod if this should be a NYT front page story.

David Axelrod, you’ve got experience with this. What did you – you think this is something worth the top of the fold of the New York Times? Hillary Clinton didn’t use her email instead of her government email? Is this worthy of this kind of hootin’ and hollerin’?

Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News D.C. Bureau Chief, explained to the Hardball host that all government letters and emails belong to American citizens.

I think what’s interesting about this story, it used to be the criticism that the Clintons wanted to re-write history. Now it seems that Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to have history recorded at all with these emails. I mean, it’s disturbing on the level, you know, as Ron pointed out today, these are our emails. This is our information and I think it goes to a larger question.

Matthews interrupted with a weak analogy that Mrs. Clinton should be able to send her husband an email to meet at a restaurant for dinner through a private email account. Mr. Allen responded that a private email is permissible for personal communications, but all government business needs to be conducted on a government email server.

You can have a private email for your private conversations. But you shouldn’t be conducting government business from your private email account. And honestly, if you look at the way this is set up, it was set up with a forethought to evade the spirit of the open records laws. I mean, it’s the pattern almost of paranoia.

Matthews interrupted Allen in an attempt to defend the former secretary of state.

What was the law at the time she did this? What was the law at the time she did this? I thought the law didn’t come into effect after…

h/t: Newsbusters

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‘Morning Joe’ Defend Chris Christie From NYT Article By Highlighting The Clintons’ Royal Lifestyle

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A New York Times report about New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s lavish lifestyle stumped the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday. They wondered what said article would have looked like if it were about the Clintons.

People have talked about Hillary Clinton recently due to her potential 2016 presidential bid; last summer, her erroneous and callous claims of being “dead broke” and “truly not well off” were largely frowned down upon.

Co-host Joe Scarborough expounded on those talking points, remarking that it would be interesting to see an article placing the Clintons under the same scrutiny:

They talked about the one night that Chris Christie was around Bono. Would we like to count the nights that the Clintons have been around Bono, Beyoncé, rockstars, kings and queens? They have lived an extraordinarily lavish life that very few people, not only in America but on the planet. They have lived like kings and queens.

“I’m just curious if the New York Times is going to write a story about Hillary Clinton and the lifestyle that she has had over the past 30 years, along these lines,” he added.

h/t: Newsbusters

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