“This may shock you,” runs the headline on Jill Abramson’s debut Guardian piece this week, but: “Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.” No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke.
Op-ed writers often don’t write or even approve their own headlines, so I skimmed downward, looking for confirmation that this was just clickbait atop a more nuanced take. After all, Jill Abramson used to be the executive editor of The New York Times. Serious newspaper journalists aren’t supposed to be eager to issue any politician—let alone someone who so blatantly lied (including after being mocked by eyewitnesses) about coming “under sniper fire” in Bosnia—a certificate of fundamental honesty
Sure enough, Abramson, oh wait a minute MY GOD SHE ACTUALLY WROTE THESE WORDS.
Welch makes a couple of good points here, most particularly on Clinton’s claims that she came under fire in Bosnia. It’s hard to defend that as the statement of a fundamentally honest person.
On the other hand, Welch looks at points where he disagrees with her on evidence, and brands those as lies. And he spends a lot of time on emailgate, which is such a load of bullshit that I can’t even bear to read about it. When there’s an indictment, I’ll start paying attention. And there won’t be an indictment, because Clinton’s opponents haven’t found evidence that law or regulations were broken.
Former New York Times Editor: ‘Hillary Clinton Is Fundamentally Honest and Trustworthy’ [Matt Welch – Reason]