Death by the new Salon: How horrible, awful, incompetent, gruesome is the new Salon?
Consider the current essay by the fiery young pseudo-progressive, Conor Lynch. The youngster is four years out of college. You wonder how he ever got in:
LYNCH (7/8/16): Hillary’s awful week: She won’t be indicted, but the damage is doneCan such work really be serious? In that passage, Lynch conflates two separate claims: (1) the claim that Clinton never sent or received classified material, and (2) the claim that Clinton never sent or received any material that was marked classified.
Though it could have been a whole lot worse, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton still a pretty terrible week. After months of being investigated by the FBI, the agency’s Director James Comey announced on Tuesday that the bureau would not be recommending charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server as Secretary of State—but that was all the good news afforded to the Clinton camp. In the same news conference, Comey proceeded to dismantle various falsehoods that Clinton has told the public throughout her presidential campaign (proving that coverups always make matters worse).
Comey revealed that the FBI found 113 emails that had contained classified information at the time they were sent on Clinton’s server, which directly refutes her repeated claim over the past year that she never sent or received classified material through email while in the State department (“I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified,” Clinton categorically stated last year).
Those are separate claims. Lynch doesn't seem to know this.
The new Salon posted his essay anyhoo. When did blithering, incompetent nonsense get classified as "progressive?"
We expect to discuss those two claims in more detail next week. For today, someone should take the new Salon aside and explain the following points:
As became clear in the past few days, Clinton actually didn't send or receive any emails which were marked classified. As it turned out, that claim was right all along.
In the view of Comey the God, she did send or receive 110 emails (out of more than 30,000 in all) which contained classified material. It isn't clear to us that this view is altogether accurate. But just for today, for a starter essay, read Fred Kaplan at Slate.
Salon began its life in the 1990s as an intelligent plain-old-liberal site. Today, it shovels gruel to the uncomprehending herd. Increasingly, the organs of our money-grubbing "press corps" all seem to function this way.
Was the fiery young Lynch being dishonest, or was he really that uncomprehending?
Also, do editors exist at the new Salon? If so, how does such pitiful, sad-sack work make its way into print?
How could a "progressive" politics ever be built by misinforming/ misleading the herd? We use that term because that seems to be the way the new Salon views its readers.