WashPost Tries Very Hard to Make Clinton Email Probe Seem Crooked
The double standard employed by the left-wing media is astoundingly obvious. How more Americans of all political bents don’t see it is beyond our understanding. Just take this piece in the Washington Post from over the weekend.
Ostensibly, the news is that the State Department is once again ramping up an investigation into classified material emailed to Hillary Clinton’s private server – an investigation they are bound to complete by the law. But the Washington Post goes out of its way to turn this into a “Trump is abusing his power” story without the slightest shred of evidence to back that contention up.
Funny, we don’t remember the paper writing a single story questioning whether or not President Obama was wrong for presiding over an investigation into Trump in 2016. Apparently, investigating one’s political opponents is only a problem with Republicans do it.
Noting that dozens of former State Department officials have been contacted in recent weeks about material they sent to Clinton’s server, the Post quickly moved from the meat of the story to their spin on it: “To many of those under scrutiny, including some of the Democratic Party’s top foreign policy experts, the recent flurry of activity surrounding the Clinton email case represents a new front on which the Trump administration could be accused of employing the powers of the executive branch against perceived political adversaries.”
Yes, they quote State Department officials as saying that the probe has “nothing” to do with the current White House occupant and that the investigation is set up so as to “avoid any appearance of political bias,” but those denials don’t stop the Post from turning the article into another smear against the president.
Including this helpful paragraph: “The existence of the probe follows revelations that the president used multiple levers of his office to pressure the leader of Ukraine to pursue investigations that Trump hoped would produce damaging information about Democrats, including potential presidential rival Joe Biden.”
Other than people actually working for the State Department, the story relies on quotes from Democrats.
Quotes like “I’d like to think that this is just routine, but something strange is going on,” from Jeffrey Feltman, who worked in Near East Affairs under Obama.
Or “This is a way to tarnish a whole bunch of Democratic foreign policy people,” as said by an anonymous former U.S. official.
Or how about, “It is such an obscene abuse of power and time involving so many people for so many years.” This, too, comes from an anonymous former official.
We assume that the Post could have gone on like this for hundreds of pages if they wanted, but eventually, even the thickest liberal gets the point. Trump is an out of control tyrant, lawlessly investigating his political rivals in violation of the Constitution, ethical norms, and probably even God’s holy Word. It’s just a much more satisfying narrative than one that acknowledges that Hillary Clinton and her cronies at the State Department made a mockery of U.S. secrets. Much more palatable than admitting that, golly gee, sometimes Democrats do something wrong.