Cor­rup­tion and col­lu­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Cal Thomas Cal Thomas is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices.

Modern jour­nal­ists have lit­tle in com­mon with those I was priv­i­leged to know when I was a copy­boy at NBC News in Wash­ing­ton in the 1960s.

To­day’s “jour­nal­ists” will disagree, but as nu­mer­ous surveys have shown, the pub­lic trust in what is col­lec­tively called the me­dia has sunk to an all-time low. Only the me­dia think they don’t have to change and can con­tinue to sell a prod­uct more and more peo­ple refuse to buy.

Wik­iLeaks dumps of Clin­ton cam­paign emails with re­porters should con­tain enough proof for any rea­son­able per­son that big me­dia is in the tank for her.

In what may be un­prece­dented, The New York Times al­lowed Hil­lary to edit her own quotes.

John Har­wood, chief Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent for CNBC, show­ered praise on Hil­lary in emails to her cam­paign chief John Podesta.

Clin­ton staffers dis­cussed which emails to re­lease and which to delete. She has claimed the deleted emails were per­sonal, not work-re­lated.

A Chap­man Univer­sity sur­vey has found the top fear of Amer­i­can vot­ers is cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment. If true, why do so many in­tend to vote for Hil­lary, per­haps the most cor­rupt politi­cian ever to seek the pres­i­dency?

The Wik­iLeaks doc­u­ments also ex­pose Hil­lary’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, Hil­lary told an au­di­ence at a lun­cheon for the Jewish United Fund of Metropoli­tan Chicago Van­guard that the flow of Syr­ian refugees into Jor­dan had put Jor­dan’s se­cu­rity at risk.

About the thou­sands of Syr­i­ans pour­ing into Jor­dan, she said, “... hey 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, Hil­lary 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 then, “you have to take out all of the air de­fense, many of which are lo­cated in pop­u­lated ar­eas, so our mis­siles, even if they are stand­off mis­siles so we’re not put­ting our pi­lots at risk — you’re go­ing to kill a lot of Syr­i­ans. So all of a sud­den this in­ter­ven­tion that peo­ple talk about so glibly be­comes an Amer­i­can and NATO in­volve­ment where you take a lot of civil­ians.”

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 ... your rep­u­ta­tion. They will lie, 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.

“In what may be un­prece­dented, The New York Times al­lowed Hil­lary to edit her own quotes.”

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