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You said what? Hacked e-mails matter, but the source doesn’t 

Here is the conclusion of a New York Times article on the hacking of the DNC e-mails:

For the people whose emails were stolen, this new form of political sabotage has left a trail of shock and professional damage. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and a key Clinton supporter, recalls walking into the busy Clinton transition offices, humiliated to see her face on television screens as pundits discussed a leaked email in which she had called Mrs. Clinton’s instincts “suboptimal.”

I don’t know where the truth is in all this, but I do know we may be missing the real point. Don’t say stupid things in e-mails. 

At least a month before the election the public knew of the hacking and possible Russian involvement. Too bad it didn’t get as much attention then, as it does now in the context of sour grapes. 

To say now that the release of, of, of what? influenced voters is a stretch. Clinton damaged herself with her e-mails. I doubt Trump needed much help and the DNC blew it’s credibility to hell sticking it to old Bernie. Wikileaks claims it did not receive the hacked e-mails from any government, including Russia. 

I don’t know what the hell was in any e-mails and I bet the same is true for virtually all voters and I bet the vast majority made up their mind who was going to get their vote long before they ever heard of e-mails. 


Wall Street Journal Updated Oct. 7, 2016 7:13 p.m. ET


WASHINGTON—The U.S. intelligence community took the extraordinary step Friday of directly accusing the Russian government of trying to interfere in the coming U.S. elections by purposefully leaking emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and other entities.

The intelligence agencies, in a joint statement, alleged the hacks were directed by the most senior officials in the Russian government.

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the statement said.

So, did Russian hackers do us a service by making the e-mails available given the mainstream press believes the source of such information is not a primary consideration?

New York Times December 16, 2016

“Although this context is new, the general principle, I think, isn’t,” said David Lauter, the Washington bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times. “The fact that it’s coming from an unsavory source doesn’t mean that the information isn’t accurate.”

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, said he did not regret the publication’s coverage of the hacked emails.

“I get the argument that the standards should be different if the stuff is stolen and that should influence the decision,’’ he said in an interview. “But in the end, I think that we have an obligation to report what we can about important people and important events. There’s just no question that the email exchanges inside the Democratic Party were newsworthy.”


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  1. All this time, the FBI has said that they have been looking into hacking all year; they found no proof. Then the NAS came out and said it was a LEAK not a Hack. I believe that. WIKI LEAK said that too and they know where they got it from. Then we hear the FBI sided with the CIA last week, but someone from the FBI just came out again saying they found no Hacking. Come on now.
    I really do believe it was an inside job from a discouraged member maybe due to what happened to Bernie. Maybe they got tired of the Crooked Hillary and her antics and seeing the charges that came out about the Clintons. maybe they got a conscious and went we can’t let that go into the White House again. All you need is the little thing, put it into the computer, download and take it out and leave. You see it TV all the time. It takes seconds.
    All this time Obama said there was NO WAY to hack our voting systems. Soros delivered voting machines that some states did find problems with and alerted the public if you saw his make; ask for a paper ballot. People Did. Now knowing where the popular vote came from; the sanctuary cities mostly, the electoral giving as many votes as each state has in Congress, it seems the most fair way to do this. Our forefathers really knew what they were doing back then when they wrote and voted on the Constitution. Now the Liberals have sent death threats letters to Electorals.
    What is wrong with our nation? Riots have broken out, children who don’t know any better are led by their parents to fight and bring hate to schools. Then they blame it on Trump. I only heard one of the cases on TV come out and tell the REAL story and that the Muslim girl’s was a LIE.
    There were several of them and the perps are being prosecuted now by the law.
    Boy this nation has really SUNK to the bottom of the barrel. There is no way to go but UP now.
    let’s hope Donald can attempt to bring law and order back to our nation. So far, he has tried keeping jobs here, he has brought some companies back, He brought a big donation coming in with jobs in the tech industry. He hasn’t been sworn in yet. Wow. NO other president elect has done anything like this before.

    Liberals; Go get a life or as you told us; you’d be leaving; Leave already. Grow up.


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