Hilly - Cherry-picked e-mails Mean Nothing
Two hours after the U.S. Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that the State Department emails do not tell the whole story.
As reporters, you understand how TrueFacts must be molded and shaped into GoodFacts.
Clinton told reporters that the claim of responsibility noted by department officials was posted on Facebook and "is not in and of itself evidence."
Actually, I am pretty sure it is a piece of evidence. The Secretary probably meant it was not the only bit of evidence, or perhaps she was confusing "evidence" with "proof". What sort of grades did she get in science and math? Did she pass geometry, which included a lot of proofs?
She cautioned against "cherry picking one story here or one document there" and said it is critical to look at the totality of information before coming to any conclusions.
So why is the totality of information dribbled out over weeks? Besides, cherry-picking is how you generate GoodFacts. Every reporter knows that!
Posted by: Bobby 2012-10-25