Vox does a piece on the Clinton Foundation story by AP that actually shows NOTHING ILLEGAL…..
The Vox piece points to something the media won’t admit….
There is a Double, maybe even a TRIPLE Standard for the Clinton’s vs EVERYBODY else….
A case study in Clinton Rules reporting
More than a year ago, Jon Allen wrote for Vox about the special “Clinton Rules” that have governed much reporting on Bill and Hillary Clinton over the past 25 years. On the list are the notions that even the most ridiculous charges are worthy of massive investigation, that the Clintons’ bad faith will always be presumed, and that actions that would normally be deemed banal are newsworthy simply because the Clintons are involved.
The blockbuster AP story released Tuesday afternoon fits the model to a T.
Start with this card the AP used to promote the story on social media:
The point of a card like this is that it will be seen and shared by many more people than click through and read the story itself.
The AP’s teaser tweet, similarly, will be more widely seen and shared than the underlying story.
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BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as canbinet secretary gave money to the Clinton Foundation.
And within the story itself, of course, the most-read part will be the lead paragraph, which reads:
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
The basic allegation here, that the majority of the people Clinton met with as secretary of state were Clinton Foundation donors, is remarkable. And the implication that the investigation that unearthed this striking fact has also revealed “ethics challenges” is important. The many Americans who already have a negative view of Clinton will see these facts ricocheting through their feeds and appearing on Fox chyrons and will further entrench their negative views.
Only a relatively small handful of people will actually read the story from beginning to end and see that there’s no there there.
Hillary Clinton has met more than 154 people
The stark fact highlighted in the AP’s tweet and social share card is, for starters, totally false.
If you read that and thought to yourself that it seems wrong for the secretary of state to be spending so much time in meetings with Clinton Foundation donors rather than talking to US government officials and representatives of foreign countries, then you are in luck. To generate the 154 figure, the AP excluded from the denominator all employees of any government, whether US or foreign. Then when designing social media collateral, it just left out that part, because the truth is less striking and shareable.
Even so, the number 154 is preposterously low, as Clinton would routinely meet dozens of civil society leaders, journalists, and others on any one of her many foreign trips as secretary of state. In the campaign’s official response to the AP, they argue that the data is “cherry picked” from a “limited subset” of her schedule.
But regardless of that, the AP’s social media claims are simply false — ignoring well over 1,000 official meetings with foreign leaders and an unknown number of meetings with domestic US officials….
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