September 26, 2017

I don't often actually recommend watching a Fox News clip, but in this case, I'll make an exception. It's not every day, after all, that you get to see a Fox News panel go entirely off the rails when one of the panelists reasonably suggests that Jared Kushner's use of private email is a story unto itself, without talking about Hillary Clinton.

Before I get into specifics, I want to note that the "One Lucky Guy" is Antonio Sabato, Jr., who has declared his intention to run for Congress in MY district. I consider his appearance on this show to be an in-kind campaign contribution and I am considering filing a complaint with the FEC over it, especially since I see no disclaimer about his candidacy anywhere.

Sabato led off the Hillary Clinton bashfest with the typical misogyny we expect from the right wing. It isn't in the video, but here's the gist: "[Clinton] is Ms. Hypocrite. She is a person who over her entire career has never given back to the working people," he spewed, as if he gives one rotten damn about working people or ever has. Ramping up the misogyny even more, he went on. "The more she talks, the worse it goes for the Democratic party...We know who she is."

Who, Antonio? Who is she? ALL THE FOX NEWS THINGS. "Benghazi, Iran and all the deals she made over her entire career and have been devastating to this country."

In response, Gillian Turner challenged the panel to make the story about the subject of the story. Rather than making the Jared Kushner email story about Jared Kushner, the Outnumbered panel seemed determined to make it about...Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton, who is no longer running for any office ever and can use whatever damn email account she wants whenever she wants and besides, she didn't break any rules or laws or anything else, thankyouverymuch.

This caused a major meltdown. Major, major meltdown. How DARE anyone accuse Jared Kushner of maybe DOING A BAD THING? How DARE THEY distract from Hillary Clinton, the lady they love to bash?

Sandra Smith huffed, "Kushner's lawyer says he exchanged fewer than 100 emails with colleagues from his personal email account. All have been preserved in any event. Different story than Hillary."

True, because when Hillary used private email it wasn't against the rules. It totally is now. And of course, we don't know if any of what Jared Kushner sent was classified because those emails haven't been released. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose emails were released to the public.

Gillian Turner tried several times to make a simple point: This just isn't about Hillary. It's about Jared Kushner. But this panel would have none of it, proving once again that Fox News isn't "News" at all. It's just spin wrapped up in pretend outrage over things that don't matter one whit.

And hey, they got to say Benghazi and Iran and 33,000 emails, so mission accomplished.

Yeah, that FEC complaint is looking more and more real.

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