Having disappeared from the public scene for almost a month (with the occasional backwood spotting thrown in for dramatic effect), today Hillary Clinton reemerged from a self-imposed social quarantine, and in a exquisitely choreographed Podesta special, addressed the nation from Capitol Hill. What was first and foremost on the mind of person who the “impartial” media declared had a 90% chance of being America’s next president: was it some intense introspection; perhaps it was some idea of how to reform and fix the imploding Democratic party; or maybe it was her finally accepting responsibility for her actions and her loss?
None of the above.
Instead, the one thing that appears to have preoccupied the former Secretary of State is the proliferation of so-called “fake news”, a phenomenon she called an “epidemic.” It was not immediately clear if she also lumped in the Washington Post into that bucket: recall that last night, in an editorial note to the WaPo’s fake, slanderous story about “Russian Propaganda Fake News,” the newspaper distanced itself from its primary source, PropOrNot, itself a source of propaganda, when the WaPo admitted it “does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings regarding any individual media outlet, nor did the article purport to do so.”
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Speaking on Capitol Hill, Clinton said that “the epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences.” Like, perhaps, poring through thousands of emails which the co=opted and captured mainstream press – especially those who had dinner with John Podesta to offer their PR services to the Clinton campaign – would not touch, revealing the crony and illicit dealings of the Clinton Family foundation, leading to – among other things – Clinton losing the presidency?
One can almost see why Hillary is not a fan of the “fake news.”
While Clinton did not mention “Pizzagate,” her comments appeared to directly reference the story that implicated her former campaign chairman, John Podesta, and lead to a man with an assault rifle firing a shot in Comet Ping Pong, the Washington shop that has been implicated in the online conspiracy theory.
“This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities,” Clinton said. “It is a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”
Confirming what the next step in Washington’s crack down against the First Amendment and Free Speech will be, Clinton backed the previously noted “bipartisan legislation” that seeks to give Congress more power to respond to “foreign propaganda” coming from Russia.
“It is imperative that leaders in both the private and pubic sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives,” Clinton said.
And just like that, we know that according to Hillary Clinton, the biggest threat to “American democracy and innocent lives” are a few websites that refuse to be PR tools for whatever the establishment at any given moment is.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) December 8, 2016