Obama Explains Why Crooked Hillary Lost
President Obama rebuked the media on Friday for its coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying she was not "treated fairly."
“I’ve said before that I couldn’t be prouder of Secretary Clinton, her outstanding service,” the president said during his year-end press conference at the White House. “I think she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, and I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”
Earlier in the briefing, Obama addressed the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Clinton campaign's manager. Those emails were released by WikiLeaks and received heavy media coverage during the campaign.
The president chided the press for not covering the publication of the stolen emails as an assault on national security, given the intelligence community's assessment that Russia carried out those hacks.
This is rich. Perhaps one of the most damning revelations from the Wikileaks email dumps related to the media actually coordinating with the Clinton campaign. Newly minted New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush sent stories to the Clinton campaign for approval before publishing them. Debate moderator John Harwood went to the Clinton campaign asking them what they'd like him to ask Jeb Bush, and the Washington Post's Chris Cilizza spent a week telling Americans not to pay any attention to signs of Hillary's failing health, less than a week before she collapsed at a 9/11 memorial ceremony. The media did everything they could to carry her terrible candidacy across the finish line, sacrificing whatever credibility they had left in the process.
If Obama wants to blame someone for Hillary losing, he should look in the mirror.