Category Archives: Hypocrisy

Wikileaks reveals the Clintonian glass ceiling

Why are we not surprised?

From teleSUR English:

While U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proudly declares her ‘feminist’ credentials, the latest cache of emails published by Wikileaks reveals that both the Clinton Foundation and her Senate office paid women staffers just 72 cents for every dollar paid to male employees.

In the hacked emails, Clinton campaign staffer Karuna Seshasai wrote to Democratic operative Ian Mandel, saying, “3 out of the 11 highest paid employees of the Foundation are women. Avg salary of the highest paid men is US $294,157.50, while the avg salary of the highest paid women is $181,576.66 ($112K difference). Median salary of the highest paid men is $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women is $185,386 ($190K difference),” she wrote.

Mandel forwarded her email to campaign manager Robby Mook and campaign research director Tony Carrk, adding, “Given the story yesterday about pay equity at the State Department, I wanted to flag something that came out of our research on pay equity at the Foundation. There are huge discrepancies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they went here next.”

The story Mandel was referring to, reported that even as senator, Clinton paid women 72 cents for every dollar she paid men.

Headline of the day: It’s just business as usual

From the London Sunday Mail:

No comment: Clinton has ‘nothing to say’ about Wikileaks email revealing $12M quid pro quo with Morocco’s king that an aide said was a ‘mess’ of her own making

  • ‘I have nothing to say about Wikileaks, other than I think we should all be concerned about what the Russians are trying to do to our election’
  • Democratic nominee was responding to a question posed by during a question and answer session on her plane
  • Trump went on offense over the ‘pay for play’ agreement at a rally Friday
  • Emial from Huma Abedin revealed how Clinton got King of Morocco to underwrite $12m Clinton Foundation summit
  • Abedin revealed: ‘The condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting was her participation.’ 
  • She backed out of Marrakesh event amid a human rights storm after Abedin wrote: ‘She created this mess and she knows it’

Headline of the day: A rat deserts a sinking ship

From the London Daily Mail:

Ailes dumps Trump: Former friends now foes and no longer speaking after Roger leaves campaign over The Donald’s ‘inability to focus’

  • Roger Ailes is no longer working on Donald Trump’s campaign 
  • According to Ailes’ camp, the disgraced Fox News founder left when he ‘learned that Trump couldn’t focus’
  • The Trump camp meanwhile is claiming that Ailes was ‘going off on tangents and talking about his war stories’ when they wanted to prep
  • Ailes’ exit comes just before Trump is set to appear at a debate moderated by Chris Wallace, who worked under Ailes at Fox News since 2003

Graphic Representation: Despicable vs Deplorable

We begin with two offerings on the general state of Campaign 2016.

First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Kansas City Star:

Lee Judge: Storm conditions alert


And then an offering from the Baton Rouge Advocate:

Walt Handelsman: Other Worldly


From the editorial cartoonist of the Arizona Republic, our lone graphic featuring the Deplorable:

Benson: Clinton can’t patch these WikiLeaks


Indeed, she can’t. But even more damaging were the 100+ pages of documents released by the FBI, including a very ominous report that raises fundamental questions about her fitness to govern.

From CNBC:

A new trove of interview summaries and notes from the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails lays out a series of allegations that could prove fodder for future attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee.

The 100 pages, released Monday morning, include claims that Clinton “blatantly” disregarded protocol. Other claims include that a group of powerful State Department employees attempted to coordinate a document release, and that a department official asked for a “quid pro quo” related to the former secretary of state’s emails.

The documents, part four of four to be released by the FBI, include notes and interview summaries that may illuminate more about the bureau’s decision not to recommend Clinton be prosecuted for her actions.


One revelation in the documents came from an interview with an unidentified person who suggested that Freedom of Information Act requests related to Clinton went through a group sometimes called “the Shadow Government.”

“There was a powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or ‘The Shadow Government.’ This group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Congressional records, and everything CLINTON-related to FOIA/Congressional inquiries,” the FBI’s interview summary said.

Come on, folks. “Shadow Government”? Can this be anything other than a huge red flag about how a Clinton White house would operate?

Indeed, as the BBC reported, Clinton’s office wanted a Benghazi message declassified and buried:

The [FBI] colleague said he had been contacted by [undersecretary of state Patrick] Kennedy asking him to change the email’s classification level in “exchange for a ‘quid pro quo’”.

The State Department, the document says, offered to “reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden”.

The country in question was Iran, and the implication is clear: Politics trumped what the FBI saw as its own legitimate investigative needs.

Scary, ain’t it?

And now back to the cartoons

And all feature the Despicable.

First, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich:Trumped up


The Washington Post weighs in:

Tom Toles:  Donald Trump delivers his biggest insult yet


From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, no noose is good noose?

Clay Bennett: The Noose


Next, the Los Angeles Times:

David Horsey: Republicans waffle as Trump is captured by the alt right


And from the Columbus Dispatch:

Nate Beeler: Who You Gonna Call?


Finally, back to the Washington Post:

Ann Telnaes: Trump’s the one who should take a drug test


Trump is [partly] right: The game really is rigged

But contrary to what The Donald declares, the game is rigged in his favor, as a Pulitzer-winning journalist explains to fellow Pulitzer-winner Chris Hedges in the latest edition of the latter’s series for RT America:

On Contact: A Tax System Rigged for the Rich with David Cay Johnston

Program notes:

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump” to examine how the Republican presidential nominee and the rich are benefiting from a rigged tax system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil further explores how the U.S. tax code has been rewritten to benefit the wealthy.

Yet more email sleaze emerges about Hillary

From BBC News:

A State Department official offered a “quid pro quo” deal if the FBI would change the classification of a Hillary Clinton email, FBI documents indicate.

Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the bureau to unclassify the message so it could be archived, “never to be seen again”.

He made the request in relation to an email about the 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But the FBI said it did not change the classification level.

The email in question described reports in November 2012 that Libyan police were arresting suspects in the attack of two months earlier, which left Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans dead.

‘Shadow Government’

Other interesting revelations from the newly released FBI documents include:

  • A former diplomatic security agent said Mrs Clinton would often “blatantly” disregard security and diplomatic protocols, including her frequent refusal to attend overseas diplomatic functions with local ambassadors, which left envoys “insulted and embarrassed”
  • While secretary of state she ignored security advice by going to a dangerous part of Jakarta, Indonesia, in a move that “placed Clinton, her staff, the media and her security detail in unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for ‘her election campaign'”
  • A group of top State Department officials that some called “The Shadow Government” met weekly to discuss Freedom of Information requests related to Mrs Clinton. They wanted her emails to be released all at once, instead of on a rolling basis, as would normally be the case, according to the FBI summary. But the group did not get its way.
  • Explaining that security and protocol procedures were regularly breached, the report states that early in Mrs Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, “she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department”, which were brought to her residence in Washington DC. The unnamed source does not know if the government property was ever returned.

Read the rest, including the email.

Quote of the day: Clinton foundation’s toxic legacy

From a devastating report on the much-touted foundation’s projects in Colombia, reported in Fusion:

Colombia should be the Clinton Foundation’s best case study. Ground zero for the drug wars of the 1980s and 90s, racked by uneven development and low-intensity conflict for half a century, Colombia has received more foundation money and attention than any other nation outside the United States. Bill and Hillary Clinton have visited the country often and enjoy close relationships with members of Colombia’s ruling party. Colombia has also been home to the vast oil and natural gas holdings of the man who is reportedly the Clinton Foundation’s largest individual donor, Canadian financier Frank Giustra. In short, conditions were right for Colombia to be the shining example of what the Clinton Foundation’s philanthropy can accomplish in the world, and what makes Hillary so proud of its efforts.

The American Media Institute, a nonprofit news service based in Alexandria, Virginia, partnered with Fusion to send us to Colombia to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s impact. We found ground realities that contrast, often starkly, with the nonprofit’s platitudes about its good work.

Many of the Colombian “success stories” touted on the foundation’s website – the ones specific enough for us to track down – were critical about the foundation’s effect on their lives. Labor leaders and progressive activists say foundation programs caused environmental harm, displaced indigenous people, and that it concentrated a larger share of Colombia’s oil and natural gas reserves in the hands of Giustra, who was involved in a now bankrupt oil company that worked closely with the Clinton Foundation and which used the Colombian military a 1984-style surveillance program to smash a strike by its workers.

It was a shocking record that belies the progressive principles on which the Clintons have based their political dynasty and philanthropy, embodied in the Clinton Foundation’s advertising copy: “Everyone deserves a chance to succeed.”