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2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Blames Her Loss on Right-Wing Domination of the Media

Written by Joe Scudder

Right-wing domination of the media is the only way she can explain why anyone cared about her emails.

Blaming right-wing domination of the media seems stupid, but that is the tactic Hillary Clinton is using. New York magazine has published a long delusional piece on the Clinton defeat: “Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.” A lot of it is devoted to the pretense that sexism cost Hillary the election. If sexism was that bad, why didn’t anyone in the media predict here defeat? Another excuse she gives is right-wing domination of the media.

Piecing together what happened, with six months of perspective, Clinton says she thinks she “underestimated WikiLeaks and the impact that had, because I thought it was so silly.” Those hacked emails, dripped out over weeks, says Clinton, “were innocuous, boring, inconsequential. And each one was played like it was some breathless flash. And so you got Trump, in the last month of the campaign, talking about WikiLeaks something like 164 times; you’ve got all his minions out there, you’ve got the right-wing media just blowing it up. You’ve got Google searches off the charts.”

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But she acknowledges that the message is more difficult than ever to get across: “We’re up against suppression, we’re up against an even greater domination of the media by the right. We are up against the propaganda machine. I mean, they have a reelect campaign already started! They have raised millions of dollars. They know that they’re in a fight.”

Right-wing domination of the media can only mean one of two things. First, she could be saying that the Right owns most newspapers and media outlets. That is obviously not true. The only other option is that Hillary is admitting that not many people read the mainstream media except to learn what the lying establishment wants us to believe. Right-wing domination of the media is a way of saying that the people trust right wing sources of news and read them rather than establishment sources of news.

Amid so much self-deceit, that is a startling admission.

Read the entire New York Magazine story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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