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Buster Gammons

Monday, October 17, 2016

Big "Quid Pro Quo" Story? Not So Much.

Donald insists the media are out to get him.  Bullshit!  The media are out for a story, they're out for themselves and their own ratings, period.  As CBS Chairman Les Moonves put it back in June, "Covering Trump may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS."

Today's "big story" illustrates the point.  Trump calls it "evidence of corruption at the highest level."  It's not.  Not even close.  Yet every major media outlet went bonkers over it for about five minutes.  For the benefit of my less-than-high-info readers, here's the scoop:

The FBI released another batch of one hundred of Hillary's private server emails.  One of these emails -- one -- suggested a possible quid pro quo, according to some.  A State Dept. official asked an FBI official to declassify a 2012 email about possible arrests in the Benghazi attacks. In exchange, the FBI guy asked the State guy for the OK to station more FBI agents in Iraq (something the FBI desired).

Both the State Dept. and the FBI have categorically denied any sort of mutual back-scratch.  The FBI refused to declassify the email.  And FBI staffing in Iraq was unchanged.  Nothing happened -- no harm, no nothing.  End of non-story.

"There is no there there." -- Gertrude Stein

P.S.  Please remember that a whole bunch of stuff is initially "classified" material.  Nothing gives a young FBI staffer a greater sense of importance than liberal use of the classified stamp.  The majority of all classified material is soon declassified.  "Classified" is not the same as "Top Secret."  Not in the same ballpark.


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