While you might think that MSNBC’s Morning Joe would provide a refuge for Hillary Clinton as she comes under increasing attack for her controversial email practices and her reaction to criticism, the panel on the left-leaning cable net show was particularly brutal toward the Democrat front-runner on Monday. The Washington Free Beacon points out that words such as “condescending” and “dismissive” were used to describe Hillary’s approach to defending herself against those who say she broke government rules and possibly even broke the law.
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was stunningly direct in her criticism of Clinton’s strategy for trying to blow past the burgeoning email scandal. “This is a strategy that is basically dependent on people not being smart, which I think is really condescending,” the MSNBC anchor charged.
“I was struck by how the approach seems to be dismissive of this or make jokes about it or make light of it, but this is a serious issue in an age where China every day is trying to hack government employees,” MSNBC co-host Willie Geist said. “We’ve seen stories time after time going after that this is deadly serious. If they don’t treat it that way, they’re going to be in a lot of trouble because it’s not going away.”
The Reuters news service last week reported that many emails Clinton sent or received as secretary of state were classified from the start, not after the fact. If that proves to have been the case — the FBI is looking into the hows, whens and whys of Emailgate — the State Department’s defense of its former boss would be shown to be a sham.
Some of the questionable emails reviewed by Reuters reference conversations or information exchanges with foreign leaders, which, by their very nature, would have been considered confidential communications and thus presumed “classified.”.
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“In the small fraction of emails made public so far, Reuters has found at least 30 email threads from 2009, representing scores of individual emails, that include what the State Department’s own ‘Classified’ stamps now identify as so-called ‘foreign government information.’ The U.S. government defines this as any information, written or spoken, provided in confidence to U.S. officials by their foreign counterparts.”
By clicking on the video above, you can see the Morning Joe segment in which Hillary Clinton was hammered unmercifully for trying to divert attention from the seriousness of the situation and to blame the exploding email scandal on anything and anyone but herself.