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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 08:08 AM

This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest

It’s impossible to miss the “Hillary for Prison” signs at Trump rallies. At one of the Democratic debates, the moderator asked Hillary Clinton whether she would drop out of the race if she were indicted over her private email server. “Oh for goodness – that is not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not even going to answer that question.”

Based on what I know about the emails, the idea of her being indicted or going to prison is nonsensical. Nonetheless, the belief that Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy is pervasive. A recent New York Times-CBS poll found that 40% of Democrats say she cannot be trusted.

For decades she’s been portrayed as a Lady Macbeth involved in nefarious plots, branded as “a congenital liar” and accused of covering up her husband’s misconduct, from Arkansas to Monica Lewinsky. Some of this is sexist caricature. Some is stoked by the “Hillary is a liar” videos that flood Facebook feeds. Some of it she brings on herself by insisting on a perimeter or “zone of privacy” that she protects too fiercely. It’s a natural impulse, given the level of scrutiny she’s attracted, more than any male politician I can think of.

I would be “dead rich”, to adapt an infamous Clinton phrase, if I could bill for all the hours I’ve spent covering just about every “scandal” that has enveloped the Clintons. As an editor I’ve launched investigations into her business dealings, her fundraising, her foundation and her marriage. As a reporter my stories stretch back to Whitewater. I’m not a favorite in Hillaryland. That makes what I want to say next surprising.

Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy.

It’s fair to expect more transparency. But it’s a double standard to insist on her purity.

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/28/hillary-clinton-honest-transparency-jill-abramson

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Really good and interesting article by a journalist who has been covering both Clintons for decades.

The article's comment section proves the point.


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liberal N proud Mar 2016 #1
obamanut2012 Mar 2016 #2
Cary Mar 2016 #3
Fla Dem Mar 2016 #4
obamanut2012 Mar 2016 #5
Deuce Mar 2016 #6
obamanut2012 Mar 2016 #7
Cha Mar 2016 #8

Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 08:16 AM

1. The haters sure have done everything they can to paint her as dishonest

How many times have you run into a right winger or BSer that says they "just can't trust her"

When you ask them why is that, they just repeat the line and offer no substance to their claim.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 08:19 AM

2. Even some HRC supporters say that

And then parrot VRWC stuff, or are vague.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:13 AM

3. Disinformation is the hallmark of "conservatism"

No self respecting Democrat would buy into that propaganda

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:20 AM

4. Could you add a link to the article in your post? Thanks

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:28 AM

5. OOPS

Thanks -- I forgot! Need more coffee. Will do now.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:34 AM

6. I agree...

As for her statements on issues, Politifact, a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization, gives Clinton the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates. She beats Sanders and Kasich and crushes Cruz and Trump, who has the biggest “pants on fire” rating and has told whoppers about basic economics that are embarrassing for anyone aiming to be president. (He falsely claimed GDP has dropped the last two quarters and claimed the national unemployment rate was as high as 35%).


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Response to Deuce (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 10:40 AM

7. kicking for your post

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Response to Deuce (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 11:42 AM

8. Thank you, Deuce!

As for her statements on issues, Politifact, a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization, gives Clinton the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates. She beats Sanders and Kasich and crushes Cruz and Trump, who has the biggest “pants on fire” rating and has told whoppers about basic economics that are embarrassing for anyone aiming to be president. (He falsely claimed GDP has dropped the last two quarters and claimed the national unemployment rate was as high as 35%).

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/28/hillary-clinton-honest-transparency-jill-abramson

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