WikiLeaks dumps of Hillary Clinton campaign e-mails with reporters should contain enough proof for any reasonable person that big media is in the tank for her.
For example, the New York Times allowed Clinton to edit her own quotes. And John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, showered praise on Clinton in e-mails to her campaign chief John Podesta.
The WikiLeaks documents also expose Clinton’s private vs. public contradictory statements on several subjects.
The Washington Examiner reports these include transcripts of paid speeches she has tried to keep secret. Three years ago, Clinton told an audience at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago Vanguard that the flow of Syrian refugees into Jordan had put Jordan’s security at risk.
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About the thousands of Syrians pouring into Jordan, she said, “They can’t possibly vet all those refugees so they don’t know if, you know, jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees.”
She wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. by many times the current rate. If they pose a security threat to Jordan, why wouldn’t they pose a threat to America? Even FBI director James Comey says he can’t guarantee proper vetting for so many refugees and other immigrants, many of whom lack the most rudimentary forms of identification and verifiable work history.
During the second presidential debate, Clinton expressed support for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria to help stem the humanitarian crisis. But, in a paid speech for Goldman Sachs in June 2013, she indicated she was skeptical about whether such a strategy would work.
“To have a no-fly zone,” she said, “you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas.”
There is much more, including private praise for Wall Street and big banks that paid her six figures for speeches with little content, but public criticism and promises to exert more government control over them if she is elected.
In a West Palm Beach, Fla., speech last Thursday, Donald Trump honed his attack against the media, the establishment and the Clintons: “The establishment and their media neighbors wield control over this nation. … Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, rapist, xenophobe, and morally deformed. They will attack you. They will slander you. They will seek to destroy your career and your family … (and) your reputation. They will lie (and) do whatever is necessary.
“The Clintons are criminals … and the establishment that protects them has engaged in a massive cover-up of widespread criminal activity at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation in order to keep the Clintons in power. Never in history have we seen such a cover-up as this.”
He’s right, and this should be his line of attack in the third and final debate Wednesday night.
Cal Thomas, a columnist with Tribune Content Agency, appears in Opinion on Wednesdays.