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Washington Post Hits Another New Low, Essentially Calls Its Own Reporters Putin-Trump Conspiracy Theorists


I already posted on this in the comments section of the Friday daily news clips, but I wanted to put it all together and make it easier to link to. So…

The Washington (Com)Post is like an Onion parody of “objective journalism.” In this case, they do the “both sides” thing, also instead of saying what the FACTS are, simply say that each candidate accused the other candidate of something really bad (in this case, bigotry/racism). Yet if the (Com)Post actually was about “objective journalism,” the headline would read “Hillary Clinton uses Donald Trump’s OWN WORDS and actions to ACCURATELY characterize him as running a campaign based on bigotry/racism, while Trump has ZERO basis for accusing Hillary Clinton of being a bigot.” Instead, the cowardly (Com)Post chooses to hide behind its faux-“objective journalism” stance…to the detriment of its readers and its own ever-lasting disgrace

P.S. The headline in the (Com)Post print edition is even worse, implying that what Clinton did was simply “dial up” “rhetoric.” That’s wildly inaccurate; again, what Clinton did was to quote Donald Trump’s OWN WORDS and cite Donald Trump’s OWN ACTIONS, all of which are 100% empirically, factually, demonstrably verifiable by a real journalist or anyone with access to Google. Why is this SO hard for the (Com)Post? Because, basically they are cowards – terrified of angering the “alt right” in this case, and the right more broadly…

The Washington (Com)Post’s “Express” is even worse – massive false equivalency between: a) very well-reported (including numerous articles like this one in the Washington (Com)Post; and well-founded connections between Trump, Paul Manafort, etc. and the Kremlin; b) absolutely ZERO evidence for any Clinton health problems – total conspiracy theory in that case.

So, basically, the Washington Post is calling its own employees conspiracy theorists

Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Michael Birnbaum

Rosalind S. Helderman again

Jennifer Rubin

Callum Borchers

  • Elaine Owens

    Gloria Steinem once said that the worst problem she faced early in her writing career, when dealing with the mainstream media (like the New York Times magazine, the Washington Post) was what she called their refusal to accept that some things are not debatable, not subject to presenting “both sides” of an issue. Why? Because they are facts. Irrefutable facts. Facts can’t be refuted with opinion. She called it false equivalence.

    The example she gave was her being told a media outlet couldn’t use an article by her unless they also included the “opposing view.” So, if she wrote in an article for publication that both men and women were equal and should have equal rights, then the media outlet would deny the article because if they published it, they said felt obligated to publish an article taking the opposite side to hers. (That women were inferior and should have fewer rights than men??? That’s the only “opposing view” available in that case and is ridiculous on its face.)

    I’m still waiting for a decent newspaper outlet to publish an article objectively showing the ridiculousness of Trump’s “wall building.” He’s going to make Mexico pay for it? How? Exactly how? It’s going to be a “beautiful wall.” Exactly how can it be engineered and what will it cost? In her speech Hillary Clinton pointed out how impossible and downright stupid it would be to try to somehow enforce Trump’s insistence that Muslim visitors entering the U.S. are somehow going o be “severely screened.” How does Trump propose to make a religious test for entry to the U.S. constitutional?

    I feel rather sorry for the normal Republicans, men like Jeb Bush and John Kasich, who were forced to try to “debate” a total blowhard idiot like Trump when the debate narrators allowed him to get away with the most degrading, absurd behavior. Since he clinched the GOP nomination, far too many media outlets have allowed him to continue to get away with name-calling without any proof, with absurd pronouncements on policy., with blatant appeals to racism, sexism, and white supremacy. You are absolutely correct. Al Hillary Clinton did was use his own words to show his real positions. It’s not “taking sides” to point out the truth of Trumpism.

    • Bingo, you nailed it!

    • Jim B

      I am afraid that Bush and Kasich didn’t protest enough. Methinks they were not that far from Trump. Trump basically has exposed the republican party for which it is, racist to the core. I believe you will have to go further back to find a republican worthy to be called normal.

  • kathleen

    We’re all up to here with MSM’s “both sides do it.” It’s like a Tourette Tic with them, and bless you for calling them on it for the 3710th time.
    However, the other thing I’m sick of is Clinton and her “all Trump, all the time” campaign. He’s a horrible guy, I get it. Now, what are your plans for addressing global warming? What will you do first? How urgent do you think this is, and how much do you think it will cost? Etc. Etc. on a whole host of things, from money in politics to inequality (monetary and otherwise) in America.
    In other words, Ms. Clinton, why should I vote for you instead of against Trump. You’re not the only against Trump out there.

    • One thing you can’t fault Hillary Clinton for is failing to be super “wonky” or for having detailed plans for pretty much everything. Check out her website’s issues page, including for global warming, about which she says:

      Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time. It threatens our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures. We can tackle it by making America the world’s clean energy superpower and creating millions of good-paying jobs, taking bold steps to slash carbon pollution at home and around the world, and ensuring no Americans are left out or left behind as we rapidly build a clean energy economy.

      On day one, Hillary Clinton will set bold, national goals that will be achieved within 10 years of taking office:

      Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of Hillary’s first term.
      Cut energy waste in American homes, schools, hospitals and offices by a third and make American manufacturing the cleanest and most efficient in the world.
      Reduce American oil consumption by a third through cleaner fuels and more efficient cars, boilers, ships, and trucks.
      Hillary’s plan will deliver on the pledge President Obama made at the Paris climate conference—without relying on climate deniers in Congress to pass new legislation. She will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in 2025 relative to 2005 levels and put the country on a path to cut emissions more than 80 percent by 2050.

      As president, Hillary will:

      Defend, implement, and extend smart pollution and efficiency standards, including the Clean Power Plan and standards for cars, trucks, and appliances that are already helping clean our air, save families money, and fight climate change.

      Launch a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge to partner with states, cities, and rural communities to cut carbon pollution and expand clean energy, including for low-income families. Read the fact sheet here.

      Invest in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development to make the U.S. economy more competitive and create good-paying jobs and careers. Read the fact sheet here.

      Ensure safe and responsible energy production. As we transition to a clean energy economy, we must ensure that the fossil fuel production taking place today is safe and responsible and that areas too sensitive for energy production are taken off the table. Read the fact sheet here.

      Reform leasing and expand clean energy production on public lands and waters tenfold within a decade.

      Cut the billions of wasteful tax subsidies oil and gas companies have enjoyed for too long and invest in clean energy.

      Cut methane emissions across the economy and put in place strong standards for reducing leaks from both new and existing sources.

      Revitalize coal communities by supporting locally driven priorities and make them an engine of U.S. economic growth in the 21st century, as they have been for generations. Read the fact sheet here.

      Make environmental justice and climate justice central priorities by setting bold national goals to eliminate lead poisoning within five years, clean up the more than 450,000 toxic brownfield sites across the country, expand solar and energy efficiency solutions in low-income communities, and create an Environmental and Climate Justice Task Force. Read the fact sheet here.

      Promote conservation and collaborative stewardship. Hillary will keep public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, as well as harness the immense economic potential they offer through expanded renewable energy production, a high quality of life, and a thriving outdoor economy. Read the fact sheet here.

      • True Blue

        Have people who don’t know what she stands for not looked closely enough? Information is available, unless you’re only looking at MSM. I guess it’s better to re-post “fact sheets” rather than argue the point, on a whole host of things.

        • Yeah, again, the LAST thing Clinton can be criticized about is lack of detailed plans on the environment, economy and everything else. Trump on the other hand…fuhgettaboutit!

          • True Blue

            Yes, the guy with “I don’t know what I said” and “I don’t know anything about that.” Maybe the next RNC nominee and platform will include more “extreme vetting.”

          • Another example of detailed plans by Hillary Clinton was just released:

            Hillary Clinton Releases New Comprehensive Mental Health Policy Agenda

            Today Hillary Clinton announced her comprehensive plan to support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses. Recognizing that nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States — more than 40 million people — are coping with a mental health problem, Hillary’s plan will integrate our mental and physical health care systems. Her goal is that within her time in office, Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment. Hillary has been talking about mental health policy throughout her campaign, since hearing directly from American parents, students, veterans, nurses, and police officers about how these challenges keep them up at night.

            Hillary will convene a White House Conference on Mental Health during her first year as President. In addition, her comprehensive agenda on mental health will:

            Integrate our nation’s mental and physical health care systems so that health care delivery focuses on the “whole person,” and significantly enhance community-based treatment opportunities. Hillary’s plan will foster integration between the medical and behavioral health care systems (including mental health and addiction services), so that high-quality treatment for behavioral health is widely available in general health care settings. Hillary will expand reimbursement structures in Medicare and Medicaid for collaborative care by tasking the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to create and implement new such payment models.

            Promote early diagnosis and intervention, including launching a national initiative for suicide prevention. The overall rate of suicide increased by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, and is now at its highest level in 30 years. Hillary will direct all relevant federal agencies, including Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Education, to research and develop plans for suicide prevention in their respective settings, and create a cross-government initiative headed by the Surgeon General to coordinate these efforts. She also believes we must redouble our efforts around early screening and intervention – and that means training pediatricians, teachers, school counselors, and other service providers throughout the public health system, to identify mental health problems at an early age and recommend appropriate support.

            Enforce mental health parity to the full extent of the law. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which Hillary co-sponsored, requires that mental health benefits under group health plans be equal to benefits for other medical conditions, and the Affordable Care Act requires insurance plans in the individual and small group markets to offer mental health coverage as an essential health benefit. But while the right laws are on the books, they are too often ignored or not enforced. As part of her commitment to fully enforcing the mental health parity law, Hillary will launch randomized audits to detect parity violations, and increase federal enforcement. She will also enforce disclosure requirements so that insurers cannot conceal their practices for denying mental health care and strengthen federal monitoring of health insurer compliance with network adequacy requirements.

            Improve criminal justice outcomes by training law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, and prioritizing treatment over jail for low-level offenders. As many as 1 in every 10 police encounters may be with individuals with some type of mental health problem, and our county jails today house more individuals with mental illness than our state and local psychiatric hospitals. She will dedicate new resources to help train law enforcement officers in responding to conflicts involving persons with mental illness, and increase grant funding to support law enforcement partnerships with mental health professionals. She will also increase investments in local programs such as specialized courts, drug courts, and veterans’ treatment courts, which send people to treatment and rehab instead of the criminal justice system, and direct the Attorney General to issue guidance to federal prosecutors, instructing them to prioritize treatment over incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders. Finally, she will work to strengthen mental health services for incarcerated individuals and ensure continuity of care so that they get the treatment they need, which will improve outcomes for them after they reenter society and will reduce recidivism.

            Improve access to housing and job opportunities. As president, Hillary will expand community-based housing opportunities for individuals with mental illness and other disabilities. Hillary will launch a joint initiative between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HHS to create supportive housing opportunities for thousands of people with mental illnesses and disabilities, who currently reside in or are at risk of entering institutional settings. The employment rate for people with serious mental illness is below 20 percent, even though many of these adults want to work and more than half could succeed with appropriate job supports. Hillary will work with private employers and state and local mental health authorities to share best practices around hiring and retaining individuals with mental health problems, and in adopting supported employment programs. She’ll also expand HHS’s “Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment” program, which already assists states and communities in providing supported jobs to people with mental illness.

            Invest in brain and behavioral research and developing safe and effective treatments. Hillary believes we need a pioneering, multi-sector effort to transform our knowledge of this field—from mapping the human brain to generating new insights into what drives our behavior to investing in clinical and services research to understand the interventions that work best and how to deliver them to patients. As president, Hillary will significantly increase research into brain and behavioral science research. She will provide new funding for the National Institutes of Health; build on cross-collaborative basic research efforts like the BRAIN initiative; scale up critical investments in clinical, behavioral, and services research; and integrate research portfolios with pioneering work on conditions like PTSD and traumatic brain injury already underway at DoD, the VA, and HHS. She will develop new links with the private and non-profit sectors to ensure that federal government efforts are aligned with those of other sectors to ensure that progress occurs as quickly as possible. She will also commit to brain and behavioral science research based on open data.

            The full comprehensive proposal is available on HillaryClinton.com here.