Friday, September 2, 2016

The ghost of Jeff Gerth: There goes the New York Times again

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

SPECIAL HANDLING: The New York Times suggests ill appearances in efforts that led to release of journalists being held in North Korea. Where's Jeff Gerth when we need him.
  • SPECIAL HANDLING: The New York Times suggests ill appearances in efforts that led to release of journalists being held in North Korea. Where's Jeff Gerth when we need him.

The New York Times reinvigorates the stench of its Whitewater witch hunt with new reporting on a conservative group's effort to cook up a story out of Hillary Clinton e-mail.

"New questions" says the hot and bothered account in the Times on some Judicial Watch stuff.

No favors were done, apparently. To the extent State Department access helped, it was in the interest of releasing  journalists being held in North Korea. The Washington Post reported the e-mails, but in the proper context. Media Matters for America, a liberal organization supportive of Clinton. boils it down:

Here’s what the article actually shows:

Douglas J. Band, an adviser to Bill Clinton who also played a role with the Clinton Foundation, reached out to top State Department aide Huma Abedin on July 27, 2009, seeking diplomatic passports for himself and two other people.

The State Department did not issue the passports.

Band sought the passports because he was about to accompany Bill Clinton on a secret trip to North Korea which resulted in the successful release of two U.S. journalists.

At about the same time, Abedin told Hillary Clinton’s scheduler that Bill Clinton wanted her to meet with Andrew Liveris, the chief executive of Dow Chemical, at an event the next night. Judicial Watch suggested that this was because Dow Chemical was a major Clinton Foundation donor.

Liveris was the head of the US-China Business Council and was about to let Bill Clinton use his private plane for the secret trip to North Korea.

So, a top aide to Bill Clinton sought but did not receive diplomatic passports for aides accompanying Clinton on a trip to save American journalists from captivity in a brutal dictatorship, and a corporate executive who was providing the plane for the mission got a few minutes of facetime with the secretary of state.

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