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BREAKING: Most Journalists Suck; A Few Do Actual Reporting on FBI “Story,” Find…Nothing, Basically


The corporate media, as it is wont to do, is busy running off half-cocked, writing stuff they know nothing about, mis-reporting a maddeningly cryptic letter from the FBI Director to – for some reason – only Republicans in the House- about something or other to do with emails, blah blah. All this, 11 days before the presidential election. Wildly, wildly irresponsible.

Instead, check out the following report by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams – someone who, gasp, actually knows something about what he’s talking about! – and the tweets by Kurt Eichenwald (“Contributing editor, Vanity Fair; senior writer, Newsweek; New York Times bestselling author.”) for some actual reporting on the FBI’s insanely vague, irresponsible press release. Finally, check out tweets by Paul Krugman and Norm Ornstein which sum up a lot of this FBI/media fiasco. Finally, gotta say, lots of people in the media richly deserve to be fired over this, but of course they won”t be, because there’s no accountability there as far as I can determine.

More from Kurt Eichenwald:

Folks: FBI reviewed 30,000 emails. Found 3 more in unrelated investigation. Clinton didnt withhold them. Checking classification. That’s it.

Political reporters & FBI/nat security reporters are different. In HRC email story, ignore first, pay attention to 2nd. First know nothing.

  • Arthur

    James Comey should be forced into retirement along with the top echelon of the FBI. When our premier law enforcement agency becomes a political pawn then we no longer need that agency. Talk about BANANA REPUBLIC politics. Good Grief !

  • Statement from John Podesta in Response to FBI Letter to GOP Congressional Chairmen

    In response to the letter sent by FBI Director James Comey to eight Republican committee chairman in Congress, Hillary for America Chair John Podesta released the following statement Friday:

    “Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

    “FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.

    “It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.

    “The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.”

  • True Blue

    Didn’t Republican members of Congress and Trump campaign suggest that Comey be investigated after his press conference on a non-prosecutable case and subsequent meeting with Clinton this summer? Did someone get to him? Is this an attempt to swing the election?

    I also found it curious that Comey’s letter was to 8 Republican committee chairmen (as well as 8 ranking Democratic members?) and he didn’t have the courtesy to tell the Clinton campaign? Trump and his campaign are popping the champagne corks already, asserting a corrupt scheme.

    Weiner’s device? Not the server; emails not from Clinton. FBI doesn’t even have a full grasp of this, according to Pete Williams. He and Kurt Eichenwald are superb.

  • Not surprisingly, crazy Dave Brat goes full-on tinfoil hat/Alex Jones over this stupid FBI Weiner “story.” Note that not a single thing Brat says, below, is even remotely factual as far as I can tell.

    I am glad the FBI has chosen to review new evidence in its investigation of Hillary Clinton. The American people are desperate to see her face the consequences that any other person who mishandled classified information would face. Today’s decision was a small step in returning faith in our system. No one — no matter their last name, or how powerful or influential — is above the law.

    Our enemies likely gained access to the classified information Clinton so recklessly placed on her home brew server, and Americans serving overseas were very likely put in jeopardy. This is reprehensible, and I am thankful for the work of Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and the rest of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    Hillary Clinton isn’t sorry for her lack of judgment and mishandling of our most sensitive information. She is only sorry for being caught. We must make sure that she experiences the same consequences for breaking the law that any other American would face.

  • True Blue

    “Director James Comey just came off of a humiliating loss in court in Oregon, when his department’s investigation couldn’t even generate a win against the Bundy gang…and they live streamed their illegal activities.”

    “He’s paid millions to hack a phone, thus encouraging the same activity he’s supposed to end. And he’s done nothing to stop the Russians from hacking Democrats in order to influence the election. Now this.”

    “I do know that the FBI issued a subpoena for Weiner’s cellphone and records well over a month ago. The timing of Comey’s letter is suspect.”


    “Trump being Trump, he stepped on stage and immediately wrecked any chance Republicans had of taking advantage of the email story. Trump went into full hyperbolic overdrive in New Hampshire by claiming that the FBI’s reopening of the investigation was “bigger than Watergate.””

    “Trump and the Republicans are jumping to some conclusions. They know that Clinton is guilty without any evidence to support their beliefs. They are assuming that the FBI is going to find evidence that Hillary Clinton did something wrong, and they think that the emails are their ticket to getting Trump elected.”


    • That about sums it up, thanks!

  • notjohnsmosby

    So this is all about Anthony Weiner and not Hillary per se? It might have been useful if that info had been released to actually give some context as to what exactly Comey is talking about. Or not talking about, or double talking about, or whatever in hell he’s actually doing.

  • Quizzical

    Even before this, Trump has been flat out lying about Clinton destroying 30,000 emails that had been subpoenaed. I think we need to get back to basic facts, including that the subpoena was for Benghazi-related emails only and besides, Clinton had every right to destroy her personal correspondence.

  • salparadise

    T-minus 9 days and counting. Is that enough time for the Clinton Machine to turn this email deal around and blame it on someone else? Perhaps release tapes of Trump talking about chicks again? I read the whole thing and it does not include any mention of Clinton other than that her name appears in some emails found in another investigation. In what must be the Clinton’s back bench squad of shills Paul Krugman, of all people, drags Clinton into the mix 100% by attacking FBI ‘in her name’ as ‘her supporter’. Kaine is ‘very, very concerned’, whatever that means. Nice, safe reply. I think Clinton is so compromised that we can expect this kind of ‘revelation’ happening often if she is elected. This time it involves emails from the hubby of her close personal assistant who likes to get big on the text machine. Ironic. The Clinton’s have literally almost killed off our party.