November 4, 2016

There are two things going on in this clip.

The more important one is that Pete Williams is putting to rest all the conspiracy theories that the FBI is somehow prepping a jail cell for Hillary Clinton because reasons!

No they aren't, no they haven't, no they won't.

The other thing happening is that Chuck Todd is quoting both the Wall Street Journal AND Fox News as if they are completely independent of each other rather than owned by right wing propagandist Rupert Murdoch. That's a crime against journalism, Chuck.

Chuck Todd calls it "a bunch of rough headlines for the Clinton campaign" when it's two headlines both from Murdoch. Then Chuck speaks on behalf of right-wing propaganda: "Fox is standing by its reporting that there is a 99% chance that at least five foreign intelligence actions breached Clinton's private server."

I'm sorry, proof? Nevermind. Let's go to Pete Williams for some actual reporting.

CHUCK TODD: First of all, what is the status of the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation?

PETE WILLIAMS: There really isn't one, few want to call it an investigation. That's a term of art in the FBI. There was an initial inquiry that was opened a couple months ago based largely on media reports and a book called "Clinton Cash."

Holy crap so last summer some FBI agents asked some questions about a Clinton hit-job book that has been debunked as just that, and then stopped asking about it because nothing was there? Okay. What else ya got?

CHUCK TODD: This idea that the server, that the Clinton home server was, that they know for certain that it was breached by at least five different foreign entities, that would be big news if true, correct?

Yes, he actually, really, truly said "big news if true." About something on Fox. That only Fox said, and that Fox said they were 99% sure of. "Big news if true," he said.

Wait for it.....

PETE WILLIAMS: Indeed, so. and I am told that there is no such view. Comey said July that he announced no charges should be filed. He said that there were signs of attempted breaches into the computer and that they couldn't -- they simply can't say for sure whether it was breached. They say if it was, it could have been the type that could have no signs. They found no positive proof of successful hacks.

So Fox's "99% sure" is baloney? Color me shocked!

And finally...

CHUCK TODD: Are they [The FBI and Justice Department] comfortable with all this innuendo based on FBI sources?

PETE WILLIAMS: Well, they don't like it certainly. they don't believe the answer is to come out and say anything. I think many of the guys said enough last Friday.

Maybe someday Chuck Todd can be made uncomfortable for repeating all this innuendo based on Rupert Murdoch sources.

And maybe someday Pete Williams can "investigate" who owns Fox News and The Wall Street Journal so Chuck Todd can be made aware of it.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.