Why am I supposed to care that the Russians might have broken into DNC computers? Daily Bullshit, July 24, 2016 (updated)

Updated for a report that Hillary Clinton hired Debbie Wasserman Schultz upon her resignation from the Democratic National Committee.[1] Also, updating yesterday’s Daily Bullshit, it turns out that in January, Politifact rated Schultz’s claim that the scheduling of debates had increased the audience false.[2] Yesterday’s post has been updated.


Bernie Sanders

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would resign from her post [as chairwoman] at the [Democratic National Committee] at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. . . .

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager blamed “Russian state actors” for hacking and leaking emails allegedly sent from senior DNC staffers to boost rival Donald Trump’s campaign.[3]

Notice that the Clinton campaign doesn’t care one whit about the fairness of the primaries but implausibly seeks to divert attention to Donald Trump, whom they allege has support from big bad Russians. And apparently Schultz isn’t all that worried about fairness either: She should be hanging her head in shame, but no, she insisted on appearing.[4] (My impression is that she will not in fact be appearing, but I have not confirmed this.)

To be fair, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, also said, “Nobody in politics should be attacked for their religion, ever,”[5] but that’s different from addressing the fairness of the process.

Anne Flaherty, “Wasserman Schultz goes from favored to on the outs,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 24, 2016, http://www.startribune.com/wasserman-schultz-goes-from-favored-to-on-the-outs/388074712/

Jessie Hellmann, “Clinton campaign manager questions Russian involvement in email leak,” Hill, July 24, 2016, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288998-clinton-campaign-manager-dnc-needs-to-get-to-bottom-of

Jon Queally, “Mission Accomplished at DNC, Clinton Hires Wasserman Schultz for Top Post,” Common Dreams, July 24, 2016, http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/24/mission-accomplished-dnc-clinton-hires-wasserman-schultz-top-post

Harriet Torry and Laura Meckler, “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign Amid Email Leaks,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/under-pressure-dncs-debbie-wasserman-schultz-limits-convention-role-1469376914


  1. [1]Jon Queally, “Mission Accomplished at DNC, Clinton Hires Wasserman Schultz for Top Post,” Common Dreams, July 24, 2016, http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/24/mission-accomplished-dnc-clinton-hires-wasserman-schultz-top-post
  2. [2]Amy Sherman, “Democratic debates set to ‘maximize’ exposure, Wasserman Schultz claims, but evidence is dubious,” Politifact, January 20, 2016, http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2016/jan/20/debbie-wasserman-schultz/democratic-debates-maximize-exposure-debbie-wasser/
  3. [3]Harriet Torry and Laura Meckler, “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign Amid Email Leaks,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/under-pressure-dncs-debbie-wasserman-schultz-limits-convention-role-1469376914
  4. [4]Jessie Hellmann, “Clinton campaign manager questions Russian involvement in email leak,” Hill, July 24, 2016, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288998-clinton-campaign-manager-dnc-needs-to-get-to-bottom-of; Harriet Torry and Laura Meckler, “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign Amid Email Leaks,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/under-pressure-dncs-debbie-wasserman-schultz-limits-convention-role-1469376914
  5. [5]Robby Mook, quoted in Jessie Hellmann, “Clinton campaign manager questions Russian involvement in email leak,” Hill, July 24, 2016, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288998-clinton-campaign-manager-dnc-needs-to-get-to-bottom-of

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