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The Clinton News Network Rides Again

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:18 pm

[guest post by JVW]

CNN reporter Elise Labott, part of the network’s global affairs team, was recently given a two-week suspension for sending out a Tweet critical of last week’s House vote to tighten the vetting process for refugees from Syria and points beyond.

The Tweet apparently violates a CNN policy prohibiting their reporters from editorializing on “partisan” issues.

Whether prompted by Ms. Labott’s indiscretion or whether the timing is purely coincidental, conservative outlets such as the Daily Caller are reporting that Labott was unusually receptive to and accommodating of suggestions from one Philippe Reines, a Hillary! Clinton aide turned State Department flack turned Hillary! Clinton aide. On the morning that The Once and Future Inevitable Next President of the United States was being grilled in the Senate over her behavior during the Benghazi imbroglio, Labott and Reines begin an email correspondence which has been uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act request by Gawker Media. At one point in the exchange Labott seems to refer back to a previous conversation she had with Reines, asking him in an email message, “are you sure rand paul wasn’t at any hearings?” Within five minutes, she sends out this tweet:

A few hours later when Her Majesty’s testimony had wrapped up, Labott emails Reines to pass along her congratulations on Hillary!’s testimony: “She was great. well done. I hope you are going to have a big drink tonight.”

Still later that evening, Reins emails Labott to mention that he has another tweet to suggest (it should be noted here that, like his boss, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reins appears to have a fondness for conducting government business on private email servers). She responds, “What did you suggest. [sic] I didn’t see it.” He replies, “Pin,” which appears to refer to a private messaging system. Labott makes a promise to “get back to you,” then six minutes later tweets out the following:

The Rand Paul campaign has naturally jumped all over the story of the CNN reporter colluding with the State Department employee (and Clinton aide) to ensure sympathetic coverage. As of this writing, CNN has not commented upon the situation and Elise Labott remains on suspension for one more week.


20 Responses to “The Clinton News Network Rides Again”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Safe travels and good eating and all of that. I’m likely to check out for the holiday weekend, but I may put up a post or two if something interesting comes up.

    JVW (d60453)

  2. Democrat operatives with bylines and no ethics. This is CNN.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and a prayer for members of our military.

    Colonel Haiku (3116bd)

  3. sounds like they are emulating fox news coordinating roger ailes and the republican party. the job of the so called liberal media is to keep the conservatives from going off the fascist cliff which they no longer seem able to do!

    whitley (e8f8f4)

  4. whitley (e8f8f4) — 11/26/2015 @ 12:42 am

    [yawn] — Is that the best you can do, whitley? Get a good night’s sleep and try again tomorrow.

    JVW (d60453)

  5. 2. …Happy Thanksgiving to all and a prayer for members of our military.

    Colonel Haiku (3116bd) — 11/25/2015 @ 10:44 pm

    Second that.

    Language warning.

    I’m On A Boat Navy Edition

    As the subtitle, brought to you by your local U.S. Navy.

    God bless them all.

    Dance Party in Iraq

    Steve57 (c38dcb)


    Yes, your national defense is in their hands.

    Be thankful it is. Imagine if your average Dartmouth grad was in charge.

    Steve57 (c38dcb)

  7. Two weeks paid? vacation over the Thanksgiving Holidays – an excellent reward for services rendered from a grateful employer and another shot at the hated enemy. Is this a great country, or what?

    ropelight (e596cf)

  8. Yes, your national defense is in their hands.
    Be thankful it is. Imagine if your average Dartmouth grad was in charge.

    Imagine if an a$$ hole like Elise Labott or whitley were in charge.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  9. Duffelblog is satire, steve, well most days.

    narciso (a1aef7)

  10. the job of the so called liberal media is to keep the conservatives from going off the fascist cliff

    The lefties seem to forget that fascists began as Socialists like Mussolini.

    No surprise as history is not in their lexicon.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  11. But lying is in their lexicon, Mike K. Here’s the latest on the Liar-In-Chief:

    Daily Mail reports the Obama administration has disclosed to Congress that this summer’s controversial nuclear arms agreement with Iran was never signed and is not legally binding, according to a new report this week.

    The State Department made the disclosures in a letter to Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, a Republican, who had written the department to inquire why the agreement as submitted to Congress in July did not bear the signature of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

    ‘The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,’ Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs wrote Pompeo last Thursday.

    As detailed in a story in National Review, Frifield went on to describe the agreement as a group of ‘political commitments’ instead of a legally binding document, telling Pompeo that the success of the agreement will depend on other factors.

    ‘The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,’ she wrote.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  12. Well the journalist are stupid as well as craven.

    narciso (a1aef7)

  13. The lefties seem to forget that fascists began as Socialists like Mussolini.

    Also, what has long been the epitome of fascism and supposedly far-right politics, Adolph Hitler, was apparently homosexual and a big fan of animal rights and a vegan diet.

    Scrape below the surface of a horrible person, and it’s very possible you’ll find liberal characteristics. A case in point…, October 2011: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been killed. “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked when told of news reports of Qaddafi’s death by an aide in between formal interviews.

    The reporter asked if Qaddafi’s death had anything to do with her surprise visit to show support for the Libyan people. “No,” she replied, before rolling her eyes and saying “I’m sure it did” with a chuckle., October 2015: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton burst our laughing when asked if she was alone the whole at her house on the night of September 11, 2012 during her testimony before the Benghazi Select Committee on Thursday.

    Hillary was asked by Representative Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) whether she was alone at her house on the night of the attacks. Hillary answered that she was. After Roby asked if she was alone the whole night, Hillary began laughing after stating, “Well yes, the whole night.”

    Roby said, “I don’t know why that’s funny. … I don’t find it funny at all.” Hillary stated, “I’m sorry, a little note of levity at 7:15.”

    Mark (f713e4)

  14. Gawker did a FOIA filing ?!?!?!?

    seeRpea (71d373)

  15. Yes denton’s dothrakis do occasionally do journalism

    narciso (a1aef7)

  16. The House could revoke her press credentials. I’m sure several campaigns already have.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  17. we need to revoke the cnn propaganda sluts of their captive airport audience i think

    happyfeet (831175)

  18. JournoLista!

    JD (ff1626)

  19. 9. Duffelblog is satire, steve, well most days.

    narciso (a1aef7) — 11/26/2015 @ 6:05 am

    Most days. But those Marines actually did take that vid of their Devil Doc signalling in their helo.

    Nice to see teenagers and twenty somethings doing something other than being cry bullies and whining for “safe spaces,” doncha think? These guys were about to board their “safe space;” that helo. And they didn’t whine for it, they worked for it.

    I second the good coronello’s comment @2. My thoughts and prayers are with them today as everyday. And I know that doesn’t make me special or anything. I join with millions of Americans thinking of friends and loved ones who can’t be at the table today because of other commitments.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  20. Not to imply that the helo is safe. That would be taking away from the aviators who risk their lives flying them.

    Good Lord, it’s getting to be risky to say anything.

    Steve57 (a13395)

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