Podesta Warned: “I Hope Hillary Truly Understands Now How Batshit Crazy David Brock Is”

WikileaksHillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziOne of the issues that was raised repeatedly by Bernie Sanders and later by Donald Trump is the alliance between Hillary Clinton and David Brock, the founder of Media Matters. Brock has been widely attacked for what critics view as sleazy and vicious work on behalf of Hillary Clinton. You may recall Bernie Sanders denouncing Clinton for her continued alliance with Brock and use of his controversial PAC organizations. Sanders referred to Brock as simple “scum” but Clinton refused to denounced Brock or to discourage Democrats from working with or contributing to his PACs. It turns out that even Clinton aides were disgusted by Clinton’s refusal to cut off Brock or to denounced his work. In the latest batch of Wikileaks, Neera Tanden, the President of Center for American Progress, allegedly emailed John Podesta that “I hope Hillary truly understands now how batshit crazy David Brock is.”

Of course, the question answers itself. The consistent view from both inside and outside of the Clinton campaign referenced Brock in the same terms. The obvious conclusion is that it is precisely those attributes that proved the attraction.

neera_tandenThe mainstream media has been repeatedly accused of ignoring the Clinton-Brock connection. Yet, the email (if accurate) shows that Clinton allies were equally concerned about the association. Tanden previously worked for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign and later served as policy director for Barack Obama.

The subject of the email was simply “I Hope.”

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  1. How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News
    BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

    “This is the news of the millennium!” said the story on WorldPoliticus.com. Citing unnamed FBI sources, it claimed Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2017 for crimes related to her email scandal.

    “Your Prayers Have Been Answered,” declared the headline.

    For Trump supporters, that certainly seemed to be the case. They helped the baseless story generate over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.

    Meanwhile, roughly 6,000 miles away in a small town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young man watched as money began trickling into his Google AdSense account.

    Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a digital gold rush as locals launched at least 140 US politics websites. These sites have American-sounding domain names such as WorldPoliticus.com, TrumpVision365.com, USConservativeToday.com, DonaldTrumpNews.co, and USADailyPolitics.com. They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US.

  2. Louis Farrakahn was in Charleston tonite – his first visit in 26 years. I caught the last 1/2 hour. Essentially he despises HRC and Bill and was encouraging folks not to vote. 1000K were there. I hope this spreads to further diminish her “black” firewall.

      1. Of course he is closing out with a noted racist and misogynist that wants to hang the woman.

  3. Dan Carlin podcast “Or Else” discusses need for a ‘None of the Above’ button on ballots, corruption in government that dooms fixing anything, the importance of protesting, especially with a broad cross-section of participants to effect change, the consequences of kicking the issue-can down the road, etc.

    Listen when you have a chance.


    1. Why Is Assange Helping Trump?

      …Instead, WikiLeaks has devoted itself exclusively to the release of documents that might damage Hillary Clinton, documents that independent analysts as well as the US government say were most likely hacked by, or on behalf of, Vladimir Putin’s Russia.(The exact nature of the relationship between WikiLeaks and Moscow is hotly contested.)

      It would be a mistake to view this merely as an anti-Clinton intervention in the US election. It is positively pro-Trump. That’s borne out not only by the one-sided nature of the disclosures but also by Trump’s curious comments about them. In July, he seemed to applaud the Russian hack of the DNC, calling on Russia to go further and find Clinton’s missing emails. (Admittedly, he had changed tack by the second presidential debate, insisting that, “I know nothing about Russia.”)

      But even more revealing is the timing. Supporters of Bernie Sanders are left ruefully imagining what these revelations could have done if WikiLeaks had made them during the primary season. What if Democratic voters had been shown these documents—testifying to Hillary Clinton’s intimacy with Wall Street, her advocacy of unrestricted free trade, her admission that the Clintons’ fabulous wealth had left her “kind of far removed” from the experience of ordinary Americans—when they still had a choice? As RoseAnn DeMoro, leader of a pro-Sanders nurses’ trade union, put it to The New York Times, “I think they should have put the damn emails out before the primaries were over.” Of course, this presumes not only that the documents would have changed millions of Democratic minds—far from certain—but also that Assange had access to them back then. Perhaps he didn’t. (Though it seems the hack took place earlier this year.)

      But if he did, then releasing them in the spring would have hurt Clinton and helped Sanders. By timing their release for the last month of the campaign—as an October surprise—the only conceivable goal was to hurt Clinton and help elect Donald Trump. That impression only hardens when one considers the publication of, for example, Clinton’s well-remunerated speeches to Goldman Sachs bankers. WikiLeaks put those online on October 7, minutes after the release of the notorious Access Hollywood video, in which Trump was heard boasting of his modus operandi when it came to sexual assault. To the naked eye, that looked a lot like a very deliberate attempt to shift an unflattering spotlight away from Trump.

      Why would Assange want to do that? Some speculate that Assange, who has said he fears the death penalty were he ever to be extradited to the US, hopes he would be treated leniently by a Trump administration. Others suspect the heart of the matter is the Russian connection: Assange, like Trump, seems strikingly comfortable with Putin. A former host of a talk show on Putin’s propaganda channel, Russia Today, Assange once requested his own private security detail within the Ecuadorian embassy, nominating Russians for the task.

      He also has a long-running grievance against Hillary Clinton, who he believes wants him indicted for the leaks of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables—during her watch as secretary of state—that made his name. As he has written of Clinton, “She shouldn’t be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States.”

      So this is no mere journalistic venture of Assange’s. It is a clear attempt to intervene in the US election, tilting the outcome in favor of Donald Trump. You can hardly blame Assange’s long-suffering hosts for finally losing their patience and pulling the plug. As for Russia, they may have lost a valuable outlet with ready access to the Western media. But given the resourcefulness they have demonstrated in apparently getting access to the Democratic Party’s innermost secrets, it’d be a surprise if they couldn’t find a way to supply such a useful ally with an Internet connection.

        1. Thanks for pushing back against this state-sponsored disinformation. We all know by now if Putin would have ponied up a couple of million bucks to the Clinton campaign or to their Foundation instead of paying off debts and throwing the western banks out of the country, he’d be the biggest besty of the Clintons. Probably even greater than Saudi Arabia (well, maybe not…) but at least Qatar, who it was announced in the last dump they gave Clinton $1 million–while she was Secretary of State. Doesn’t matter how bad your own civil rights are, or if you like bowling with the heads of your own population monthly, Hillary will FIX YOU UP!

          Bottom line, Putin won’t pay to play, so he’s got to go (just like Hussein, Mubarak, Gaddaffi, Assad…), and she doesn’t care if it takes risking a wide regional, or nuclear confrontation to get her way. That’s what she thinks of us, her “deplorable underlings.”

    2. Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange to Host Talk Show on Pro- Kremlin T.V.

      …Assange’s connection to the channel has fueled even more controversy. The multi-lingual television channel is reportedly funded by the Russian government and several publications such as The Guardian, The Economist and the Daily Telegraph has accused it of having a pro-Kremlin bias, pushing propaganda that sends an anti-Western message.

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  5. It did meander a bit, but my point is that her association with that amoral critter is not nearly as batpoop crazy as her running platform, which hasn’t gotten really much attention.

  6. Interesting that none of the comments here address the content of the article supposedly being commented on.

    1. It was hard to focus on the one bat poop crazy issue when the whole kit and kaboodle is up to its neck in bat poop craziness. 😉

  7. I think it’s fascinating that David Frum, who probably like many conservatives, doesn’t believe in the theory of endangered species is possibly contemplating himself becoming designated as such .

  8. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
    -Upton Sinclair

  9. The Conservative Case for Voting for Clinton
    Why support a candidate who rejects your preferences and offends your opinions? Don’t do it for her—do it for the republic, and the Constitution.
    by David Frum

    …Yes, I fear Clinton’s grudge-holding. Should I fear it so much that I rally to a candidate who has already explicitly promised to deploy antitrust and libel law against his critics and opponents? Who incited violence at his rallies? Who ejects reporters from his events if he objects to their coverage? Who told a huge audience in Australia that his top life advice was: “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it”? Who idealizes Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein, and the butchers of Tiananmen as strong leaders to be admired and emulated?

    Should I be so appalled by the Clinton family’s access-selling that I prefer instead a president who boasts of a lifetime of bribing politicians to further his business career? Who defaults on debts and contracts as an ordinary business method, and who avoids taxes by deducting the losses he inflicted on others as if he had suffered them himself? Who cheated the illegal laborers he employed at Trump Tower out of their humble hourly wage? Who owes hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bank of China? Who refuses to disclose his tax returns, perhaps to conceal his business dealings with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle?

    To demonstrate my distaste for people whose bodies contain mean bones, it’s proposed that I give my franchise to a man who boasts of his delight in sexual assault? Who mocks the disabled, who denounces immigrant parents whose son laid down his life for this country, who endorses religious bigotry, and who denies the Americanism of everyone from the judge hearing the fraud case against Trump University to the 44th president of the United States?

    I’m invited to recoil from supposedly fawning media (media, in fact, which have devoted more minutes of network television airtime to Clinton’s email misjudgment than to all policy topics combined) and instead empower a bizarre new online coalition of antisemites, misogyists, cranks, and conspiracists with allegedly ominous connections to Russian state spy agencies?

    Is this real life?

    To vote for Trump as a protest against Clinton’s faults would be like amputating a leg because of a sliver in the toe; cutting one’s throat to lower one’s blood pressure…

    1. Frum is another neoconservative mutant who is the poster child of the ship-jumping warmonger repubs who find a comrade in Clinton’s ongoing policies of death and destruction. He IS the argument why you SHOULD vote for Trump (or someone else, preferably). Proponent of the Iraq invasion, apologist for every action since. Basically, all you people who didn’t like W are now directly supporting those policies that have led us to where we are today, all wrapped up in the amoral opportunist, Hillary Clinton.

      1. That’s a strange description of Frum.

        Frum attended law school, but never practiced. He’s worked as a journeyman writer for 25 years, jumping from opinion magazines to politicians’ pr staffs and back again, as well as landing think tank sinecures. He’s gone through several phases. When he hit the town in 1994, he presented himself as a libertarian (without the magical thinking for which libertarians are known). By 2002, he was presenting himself as the press agent for the Committee on the Present Danger. By 2009, he was presenting himself as the recrudescence of the liberal / temporizer strand within the Republican Party, You and Geoffrey Kabaservice, baby. He then cut ties with National Review and started his own outlet, FrumForum. His new big shtick was that Republican legislators had to beg for crumbs from the BO administration, because that’s all that was left for them. (Oh, and Rush Limbaugh is bat barf). Co-incident to this, a new President was installed at the American Enterprise Institute. In the course of reviewing how business was done (and, by some accounts, having received complaints from major donors), he discovered his predecessor had negotiated some odd deals. David Frum was paid $100,000 a year by the institute and did no work. Putatively, there were complaints from other fellows there that he hardly picked up his mail. Dr. Brooks met with Frum over lunch and tells him he’s welcome to an institutional address at AEI, but he would no longer receive a salary. Frum quit in a huff. Charles Murray has said in print that he realized it would cost him his friendship with DF, but he had to attest that these complaints were true and Frum’s excuses and denials were BS. Frum offered himself as the injured truth-teller. Here’s a suggestion: he’s all about marketing with his finger to the wind. He’d likely have been better off practicing law, where you’re better compensating for pressing causes you believe in only for reasons of professional imperative.

      2. Frum has recently been under attack from Trump’s anti-semitic supporters .Do you think maybe that had something to do with this endorsement?

            1. They decided against Trump when he started talking about declaring ISIS the enemy and supporting Russian against them in Syria. Bottom line. He didn’t tow the neocon war line, and that was a wrap.

              1. By the way, still waiting on some Clinton supporters to reply as to why they are for war. If you support Clinton, you most certainly are, and there is no backtracking on that stance. The points in history are made, and their are lot of people who died and are suffering today as a direct result of her involvement. Obama himself is quick to make the point that the Libya debacle was the low point of his presidency.

  10. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/304469-report-national-enquirer-withheld-story-about-trump-affair “Tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer withheld a story about Donald Trump’s past affair with a former Playboy model, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

    According to the Journal, the Enquirer, which endorsed Trump for president, paid model Karen McDougal $150,000 for her story about having an affair with Trump in 2006.

    But the paper never published the story.

    Trump was married to his wife Melania when he had the affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year, according to documents reviewed by the Journal and sources familiar with the matter.

    Trump is friendly with the Enquirer’s owner, David Pecker.

    In a statement, Enquirer ownership company American Media Inc. said that it paid McDougal for fitness columns and magazine covers, as well as rights to any relationship with a married man.

    “AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump,” the company said in a statement to the WSJ.

    And Pecker pointed to the Enquirer’s coverage of Trump’s affair with Marla Maples while he was married to his first wife Ivana as evidence of the company’s “commitment to investigative reporting.”

    1. Thanks for the crap. More stuff while not on Federal Payroll. If he is found guilty of crimes at some point, he needs to get what’s coming. However, this is not about someone using their position as an agent of the United States in breaking the laws for personal gain. Isn’t it really that simple? It should be.

    1. No. Unnamed sources claim the National Enquirer paid Karen McDougal for her account of the affair. You’d be better off if you had any filters.

    2. How many affairs has Bill Clinton had? And, I betcha he did not go to pedophile island for the free drinks.

      “Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile,” said Conchita Sarnoff, of the Washington, D.C. based non-profit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking”


      1. Bill Clinton is not running for office. There are records of Trump being at Epstein’s place, too.

        1. Bill Clinton is going to be put in charge of the economy, according to Hillary. So, he is going to be back in government. Hr may try to run the show from the back seat, just ad Wilson’s wife did.

          And, if Epstein’s inner circle knew he was a pedophile (which the Clinton’s are part of) then they should have reported him.

          The Clintons cannot be whitewashed any more than Trump can be.

          1. Prairie Rose-
            The Clintons can and will be whitewashed by the Democrats in Congress.
            If, or rather when, the Clintons step way over the line and they are caught ( a big “if”), which Democratic leader will cooperate in holding them accountable?
            Pelosi? Schumer? Elijiah Cummings?
            They would circle the wagons and say ” so what?”.
            There is no “wing” of the Democrats in Congress that would hold Hillary accountable for anything.
            If, or when, Trump steps way over the line, there are plenty of Republicans in Congress who will go after him.
            The bulk of the Republican leadership isn’t likely to whitewash major trangressions of a President Trump.
            I doubt if we’ll ever know with respect to Trump and the Congressional GOP, but I think we will see the same old “it’s all part of a vast right-wing conspiracy” defense from Congressional Democrats on behalf of the Clintons.

            1. I agree that the Clinton’s will probably get whitewashed. And I agree that Trump is vastly more impeachable. I am holding out hope that people will come to their senses and realize that no one is above the law. Not the Clinton’s, not Trump.

      2. Prairie Rose – it has been reported that Hillary went to Lolita Island at least 6 times on the Epstein jet.

        1. Sandra Hemmings – Bill Clinton’s long time mistress said that Bill told her the Hillary ate more pu**y than he did.

  11. Putin and Donald sittin in a tree…
    First came love.
    Then came marriage.
    Then came Putin with a baby carriage.

    1. http://www.startribune.com/russian-media-backs-trump-questions-us-democracy/400107031/The Russian media is pushing Trump’s candidacy “very, very aggressively,” according to a European Union official who monitors the Russian media and spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

      The presidential battle has been widely covered, though it usually appears in news bulletins after domestic news and stories about Russia’s military action in Syria.

      Much of the focus has been on Clinton, who is portrayed as a Russophobe, a warmonger and responsible for bloodshed in the Middle East.

      The latest leak of emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta inspired a report titled “what’s with Clinton’s head?” on the state-controlled NTV television channel. It showed footage of Clinton coughing heavily and tripping when entering a plane, along with excerpts from a Soviet cartoon comparing her to a sick grandmother.

      1. So what’s your point? HRC IS a Russophobe and warmonger. She wants to reset the Cold War. As far as the “anonymous EU official” – Western Europe is trying to break free from the shackles of corporate-owned Brussels bureaucrats. I hope they succeed.

        1. I think this whole post is a little off. You don’t need to look further than this woman’s platform for “Bat$hit Crazy…” Using a single person’s authority to declare a no-fly zone over Syria which means directly challenging Russia to a war, where no state of war currently exists… is Bat$hit Crazy. I would like to know why every time this comes up, the Clinton people revert back to “Trumps a meany….” I see it here; I have witnessed it in conversation. The consistent responding blank stares are telling me, “This does not compute.” Well, it better start computing for you people. We are in front of the dominoes here.
          Side note, the Hedge is saying last set of emails state Clinton took a million bucks from Qatar.

          1. And they have some articles about that Qatar pipeline that was not going through because Syria did not want it going through their country. Hmmmm…why are we in Syria? Who was Sec of State? Pay for play and boy are we playing in Syria.

            This stupid election is a false choice and the elites are playing us against each other.

                  1. Steve, that’s hilarious! Did you ever see Trudeau’s “Alpha House”? I thought that show was better than “House of Cards”

  12. There is a state representative in North Carolina who has a proposed bill to amend the gender bathroom law passed by Governor McCrory which restricts restroom use according to what you were born with. The acronym is SMYW which stands for Show Me Your Weenie. The bill has money proposed to pay for cameras to be placed at waist level outside every public bathroom. The door will unlock when you comply with the request and your organ is correct for that bathroom. A guy who dresses like a girl but has a weeny has to go out in the yard.

  13. Steve, good point about voting for Jill Stein. Most people are not aware of the money issue for 2020. This isn’t just about Jill Stein. I suspect this is about other third party candidates as well.

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