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"We need to start seeing the media as a bearded nut on the sidewalk, shouting out false fears. It’s not sensible to listen to it." - Michael Crichton, Why Speculate?

Gell-Mann Amnesia effect

Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I refer to it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

That is the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. I’d point out it does not operate in other arenas of life. In ordinary life, if somebody consistently exaggerates or lies to you, you soon discount everything they say. In court, there is the legal doctrine of falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, which means untruthful in one part, untruthful in all. But when it comes to the media, we believe against evidence that it is probably worth our time to read other parts of the paper. When, in fact, it almost certainly isn’t. The only possible explanation for our behavior is amnesia.

- Michael Crichton, in his essay Why Speculate?

Fake News

Washington Post

Packed to the rafters

The News

On December 9, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted the following:

GREAT EVENING last night in Pensacola, Florida. Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart. They definitely get what’s going on. Thank you Pensacola!

Dave Weigel, a Washington Post reporter, tweeted back "Packed to the rafters" with an image of the Arena showing it to be pretty empty during Trump's event.

The Truth

As Trump and Snopes both note, Weigel was lying. He used a photo that was from a different time period from the speech, for the sole purpose of making Trump look like a liar and fool.

The Retraction

Dave Weigel apologized in a tweet, saying he "[w]as confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner" - implying he thought it was a legit photo from the event, because a blurry man in the corner of his photo bore some resemblance to Trump.

Bloomberg

Trump Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller [December 5, 2017]

The News

Trump Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens.

Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced.

- Archived Bloomberg Article

The Truth

"The news was stunning because Trump had made public comments that explicitly warned Mueller not to use the Russia-collusion probe as an excuse to dig into his business records. If Mueller was subpoenaing Deutsche Bank to get to the Trump family’s finances, it meant that a constitutional crisis could erupt at any time if Trump fired Mueller. Knowing this, one would assume that Bloomberg made sure that it had the facts down cold before reporting that Mueller had “zeroed in” on the Trump."

"This week, though, that would be a bad assumption. Bloomberg had to issue a correction earlier today and dash hopes (among some) for the impending Muellergeddon. The special counsel had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, but the records related to Paul Manafort, not Trump."

"We already know that Mueller has targeted Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, thanks to the long indictment that his office released and the multimillion-dollar bail arrangements for both defendants. Subpoenaing bank records for an already-indicted defendant in a money-laundering case barely qualifies as news at all, let alone a major development."

- Analysis from HotAir

The Retraction

Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller

Corrects Dec. 5 story that said subpoena ‘zeroed in’ on Trumps

Subpoena is said to seek information on affiliated people

Deutsche Bank AG provided records to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation after receiving a subpoena several weeks ago, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Those records pertain to people affiliated with President Donald Trump, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the action hasn’t been announced. Several news outlets -- including Bloomberg -- reported yesterday that the subpoena targeted Trump and his family’s bank records, which was disputed by Trump’s personal lawyer and the White House.

"We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false. No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources," Trump’s lawyer John Dowd wrote in an email Dec. 5.

- Corrected Bloomberg Article

CBS News

Donald Trump Jr. was offered access to hacked Democratic data during campaign [December 8, 2017]

The News

Donald Trump Jr. was offered access to hacked Democratic data during campaign
In September, Trump's son was sent a decryption key and a website address through WikiLeaks to hacked documents. CBS News has confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. received an email in September 2016 offering access to hacked Democratic Party data.  The emailed offer was dated Sept. 4 and was for a decryption key and website address providing access through WikiLeaks for hacked the documents.  The new revelation was first reported by CNN.

In a statement Alan Futerfas, Trump Jr.'s attorney said, "This is just the campaign receiving thousands of unsolicited emails on every possible topic."  Futerfas added that the unsolicited email came from "a guy simply alerting the campaign to the fact that there was a new WikiLeaks release."  The attorney insists that Trump Jr. never communicated with the person who sent the email, has no idea who he is and never responded to the email.

[...]

According to CNN, the email sent to Trump Jr. also offered access to data hacked from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. His stolen emails were published 10 days later. 
 
- Original CBS Article, archived

The Truth

The implication being that the DNC leak that Wikileaks released publicly on September 13 2016 were given to Trump Jr. in this email on September 4th privately (9 days before being made public).

As it happens, the email was actually sent on September 14th, one day after the leak was made public - not September 4th.

The difference between September 4th and September 14th is the difference between someone merely flagging already public information and someone quietly slipping the GOP nominee and his team advance access to hacked correspondences. (More analysis)

The Retraction

House Intel investigates Trump Jr. email involving documents hacked during campaign
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the email was dated Sept. 4, 2016, instead of Sept. 14, 2016. The information was erroneously confirmed by a source, who subsequently sent the actual email to CBS News confirming the Sept. 14 date. The report has been updated to reflect the correct date, and the email is included in this update.

CBS News has confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. received an email in September 2016 offering access to hacked Democratic Party data. The emailed offer, which has been obtained by CBS News, was dated Sept. 14 and was for a decryption key and website address providing access through WikiLeaks for hacked the documents. At that point, however, the offered data was already available publicly online. Congressional investigators are looking into the email exchange. The new email was first reported by CNN, which erroneously said the email was sent on Sept. 4.

A source who received the email in question tells CBS News there were about 20 people cc'd on the email. Their names have been redacted in the above email. The sender thought he had obtained then-candidate Trump's email. But the source says [email protected] was not a valid email for Mr. Trump.

The WikiLeaks DNC information referred to in the email appears to have been released the day before on Sept. 13, when Wikileaks tweeted the identical link and decryption key referenced in the email.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's stolen emails, also noted in the email, were also published on Sept. 13.

- CBS News' updated article

CNN

"Seek truth. Break news. Hold the powerful accountable."
- CNN Mission Statement

Comey expected to refute Trump [June 6, 2017]

The News

Comey expected to refute Trump
In his much-anticipated congressional testimony on Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey will dispute President Donald Trump's blanket claim that he was told he was not under investigation multiple times, according to sources familiar with Comey's thinking.

Rather, one source said that Comey is expected to tell senators that he never assured Trump he was not under investigation, because such assurances would have been improper. Another source hinted that the President may have misunderstood the exact meaning of Comey's words, especially regarding the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

- Original CNN Article

The Retraction

Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction

CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.

In his much-anticipated congressional testimony on Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey is not likely to offer his conclusion about whether the President obstructed justice regarding the agency's Russia investigation, according to a source with knowledge of Comey's testimony.

- Updated CNN Article


Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials [June 22, 2017]

The News

Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials
Senate investigators are examining the activities of a little-known $10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration, a congressional source told CNN.

The source said the Senate intelligence committee is investigating the Russian fund in connection with its examination of discussions between White House adviser Jared Kushner and the head of a prominent Russian bank. The bank, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, oversees the fund, which has ties to several Trump advisers. Both the bank and the fund have been covered since 2014 by sanctions restricting U.S. business dealings.

Separately, the Treasury Department has been looking into the Jan. 16 meeting between the fund's chief executive and Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the transition team's executive committee and a fundraiser and adviser for Trump's presidential campaign, according to a Jan. 30 letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

- Original CNN Article

The Truth

Claim: "Senate investigators are examining the activities of a little-known $10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration"

  • The Senate intelligence committee is not investigating this matter Source

Claim: "Separately, Steve Mnuchin, now Treasury Secretary, said in a January letter that he would look into the Jan. 16 meeting between the fund’s chief executive and Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the transition team’s executive committee and a fundraiser and adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign."

  • The matter has been reviewed and determined to be without merit Source

Claim: The report stated that the RDIF was the entity of the VEB, covered by the 2014 US sanctions restricting US cooperation from these organizations. According to the CNN report, the discussion between Dmitriev and Scaramucci could include the issue of the sanctions being lifted, which would help the fund attract more international investment to Russia.

  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) became an independent sovereign fund in 2016, and is not part of Vnesheconombank - its operations are wholly independent of the bank. RDIF always operates in full compliance with relevant regulations and legislation and its operations do not violate sanctions Source 1 Source 2


The Retraction

On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.

- CNN Retraction

CNN sacked three network officials over the incident: Frank, the reporter on the story; Eric Lichtblau, a recent CNN addition from the New York Times who edited the piece; and Lex Haris, the executive editor of "CNN Investigates." Source

Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents [December 8, 2017]

The News

Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents
Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race -- two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails.

The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.

Congressional investigators are trying to ascertain whether the individual who sent the September email is legitimate and whether it shows additional efforts by WikiLeaks to connect with Trump's son and others on the Trump campaign. The email also indicated that the Trump campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose hacked emails were made public by a Russian front group 10 days later.

The email, which was described to CNN by multiple sources and verified by Trump Jr.'s attorney, came from someone who listed his name as "Mike Erickson." It was addressed to Trump, Trump Jr., Trump Jr.'s personal assistant and others, and turned over to Congress as part of the documents provided by the Trump Organization.

- Original CNN Article

The Truth

The implication being that the DNC leak that Wikileaks released publicly on September 13 2016 were given to Trump Jr. in this email on September 4th privately (9 days before being made public).

As it happens, the email was actually sent on September 14th, one day after the leak was made public - not September 4th.

The difference between September 4th and September 14th is the difference between someone merely flagging already public information and someone quietly slipping the GOP nominee and his team advance access to hacked correspondences. (More analysis)

The Retraction

Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents
Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016.

Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

The September 14 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race.

CNN originally reported the email was released September 4 -- 10 days earlier -- based on accounts from two sources who had seen the email. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.

- CNN's updated article

ABC News

Troubling Anthrax Additive Found; Atta Met Iraqi [Oct 29, 2001]

The News

A second test of the anthrax-laced letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle points to the presence of a troubling chemical additive, sources tell ABCNEWS.

Four well-placed and separate sources told ABCNEWS that initial tests detected bentonite, though the White House initially said the chemical was not found.

As far as is known, only one country, Iraq, has used bentonite to produce biological weapons, but officials caution that the presence of the chemical alone does not constitute firm evidence of Iraqi involvement.

[...]

While it's possible countries other than Iraq may be using the additive, it is a trademark of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's biological weapons program.

"It means to me that Iraq becomes the prime suspect as the source of the anthrax used in these letters," former U.N. weapons inspector Timothy Trevan told ABCNEWS.

[...]

Raising new questions about whether Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, officials in the Czech Republic now confirm for the first time that a key hijacker met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague.

- ABC News Article

The Truth

All of those factual claims -- each and every one of them, separately -- were completely false, demonstrably and unquestionably so. There is now no question about that. Yet neither ABC nor Ross have ever retracted, corrected, clarified, or explained these fraudulent reports -- reports which, as documented below, had an extremely serious impact on the views formed by Americans in those early, critical days about the relationship between the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax attacks and Iraq. 
- The unresolved story of ABC News’ false Saddam-anthrax reports

Apparently, ABC was also told BEFORE they aired the story they were wrong. Source

The Retraction

In a 2008 interview with TVNewser, Ross said the sources for the initial bentonite report later corrected themselves and he reported their correction several days later. 

"My sources were good," Ross said at the time. "We just got information that became outdated before they could update."

- Source, which references TVNewser interview

Justice Department investigating Speaker Hastert for possible connections to Abramoff scandal [May 24, 2006]

The News

On May 24, 2006, in the Top Story on World News Tonight, Ross reported that the Justice Department was investigating Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, for possible connections to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. Source

Asked if the alleged inquiry should have been the top story on "World News Tonight," Ross said: "Questions are being raised about the speaker of the House -- that's worthy of a lead story."

The Truth

The US Department of Justice flatly denied that Speaker Hastert was under investigation. Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty said "[w]ith regard to reports suggesting that the Speaker of the House is under investigation or 'in the mix,' as stated by ABC News, I reconfirm, as stated by the Department earlier this evening, that these reports are untrue." Source

The Jack Abramoff scandal involved several people in the government, but Hastert was in the clear.

The Retraction

ABC News does not retract, but instead doubles down.

Despite a flat denial from the Department of Justice, federal law enforcement sources say ABC News accurately reported that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is "in the mix" in the FBI investigation of corruption in Congress.
- Corruption Investigation: Hastert "In the Mix" [May 24, 2006]
ABC News' story about Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert set off a wave of reaction from Chicago talk radio to the wells of the Capitol. There it seems to have added fuel to the fire in the dispute between the executive branch and Congress.

ABC News Stands by Its Report

As for the facts of ABC News' story itself, this is what we've confirmed today: 

[...]

That, although Hastert is not a formal target, the FBI has been looking into a letter Hastert and others sent to the Secretary of the Interior urging her to block an Indian casino that would have competed with casinos represented by Abramoff.

- Hastert Fights Back Against ABC News Report [May 25, 2006]


Wednesday's World News Tonight and ABCNews.com led with an exclusive story reporting on the federal investigation into the activities of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff expanding to include US House or Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert. The report, by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, was based on information provided to ABC News by federal officials with knowledge of the probe.

Ross' report on Wednesday night prompted two official denials by the US Department of Justice, the first stating that "Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department." A second denial, released shortly after midnight, quoted Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, who said "[w]ith regard to reports suggesting that the Speaker of the House is under investigation or 'in the mix,' as stated by ABC News, I reconfirm, as stated by the Department earlier this evening, that these reports are untrue."

ABC News stands by its story. Ross and his team posted a series of updates to the ABCNews.com "Blotter" reporting that "federal law enforcement" authorities had re-confirmed to them that, although Hastert is not a formal subject or target of the probe, "ABC News accurately reported that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is 'in the mix' in the FBI investigation of corruption in Congress."

- Inside Out: The Abramoff Investigation and Speaker Hastert [May 26, 2006]

Possible Tea Party link to mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado movie theater [July 20, 2012]

The News

Stephanolpoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant.  

Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.  

Stephanolpoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

- The above segment occurred live on air. It is transcribed here.

The Retraction

An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

- ABC News Article

As a candidate, Donald Trump directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians [December 1, 2017]

The News

JUST IN: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Michael Flynn promised ‘full cooperation to the Mueller team’ and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians.’
- ABC News Tweet, December 1, 2017

The Truth

This was "big news", because Trump has directly denied having any knowledge that anyone involved with his campaign was in contact at any point with Russian officials.

The stock market dropped significantly on the publishing of this fake news. Source 1 Source 2.

What really happened:

CLARIFICATION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* -- initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZBTbc pic.twitter.com/GQAKwT1Eda
- ABC News Tweet, December 2, 2017
ROSS: David, a clarification tonight on something one of Flynn's confidants told us and we reported earlier today. He said the President has asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign. He's now clarifying that saying, according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots. And then after the election the president-elect told them to contact Russia on issues including working together to fight ISIS.
- Clarification on air, World News Tonight, ABC [Source]

Hardly news material.

The Retraction

We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.

It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience –- these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.

This is the correction that was issued Friday: During a live Special Report, ABC News reported that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign. That source later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots. It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.

- ABC News statement on Michael Flynn report

ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Source

Ross, the network's chief investigative reporter, will no longer cover stories related to President Trump. Source

Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russia probe [December 5, 2017]

The News

Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest bank, in a possible sign the investigation into Russian election interference may be expanding toward President Trump’s finances.

Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank, a source familiar with the subpoena told ABC News.

Specific requests of the bank were not immediately clear, but ABC News previously reported that Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions before Trump became president.

- Archived ABC News Article

The Truth

(Snippet below taken from analysis of Bloomberg's identical mistake)

"The news was stunning because Trump had made public comments that explicitly warned Mueller not to use the Russia-collusion probe as an excuse to dig into his business records. If Mueller was subpoenaing Deutsche Bank to get to the Trump family’s finances, it meant that a constitutional crisis could erupt at any time if Trump fired Mueller. Knowing this, one would assume that Bloomberg made sure that it had the facts down cold before reporting that Mueller had “zeroed in” on the Trump."

"This week, though, that would be a bad assumption. Bloomberg had to issue a correction earlier today and dash hopes (among some) for the impending Muellergeddon. The special counsel had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, but the records related to Paul Manafort, not Trump."

"We already know that Mueller has targeted Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, thanks to the long indictment that his office released and the multimillion-dollar bail arrangements for both defendants. Subpoenaing bank records for an already-indicted defendant in a money-laundering case barely qualifies as news at all, let alone a major development."

- Analysis from HotAir

The Retraction

ABC News did not issue any retraction. They merely stealth edited the bold part of the article below.

Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest bank, in a possible sign the investigation into Russian election interference may be expanding toward the finances of President Donald Trump or other individuals under scrutiny by the special counsel.

Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank, a source familiar with the subpoena told ABC News.

Specific requests of the bank were not immediately clear, but ABC News previously reported that Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions before Trump became president.

- Corrected ABC News Article

Clinton

Democratic National Committee

The Democratic National Committee is the formal governing body for the United States Democratic Party. The committee coordinates strategy to support Democratic Party candidates throughout the country for local, state, and national office. The committee also was heavily biased pro-Clinton and anti-Sanders during the 2016 presidential race.

On May 5th 2016, an internal email thread among several DNC persons says:

It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
It's these Jesus thing.
AMEN


CNN

Donna Brazile, CNN contributor, shares debate questions with Clinton in advance

On March 5th 2016, Donna emailed several senior Clinton campaign members the following:

Subject: One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash

Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.

On March 6th 2016 (the day after), a CNN Primary debate between Clinton and Bernie Sanders took place, and the following question was asked

COOPER: I want to go to Lee-Anne Walters. This is Lee-Anne Walters. She was one of the first people to report problems with the water in Flint. One of her twin boys stopped growing. Her daughter lost her hair.

She says she’s undecided, and has a question for both of you to answer, but we’ll start with Senator Sanders. Ms. Walters?

QUESTION: After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines.

- Source Video, Source Transcript

On March 12th, Donna sends another email to Clinton's campaign:

Subject: Re: From time to time I get the questions in advance

Here's one that worries me about HRC.

DEATH PENALTY

19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?

After an acknowledgement, she replies:

I'll send a few more. Though some questions Roland submitted

On March 13th in a CNN town hall with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Roland Martin asked the following:

MARTIN:  Secretary Clinton, since 1976, we have executed 1,414 people in this country.  Since 1973, 156 who were convicted have been exonerated from the death row.  This gentleman here is one of them.  

This is Ricky Jackson, wrongfully convicted of murder in 1975, he spent 39 years in prison.  He is undecided.  Ricky, what is your question? 

QUESTION:  Thank you, Senator.  Thank you for taking my question.  

As stated, I did spend 39 years of my life in prison for a crime of murder I did not commit, and it was only through heroic efforts of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati that I was ultimately exonerated and am able to stand before you today.  

QUESTION:  Thank you. 

Senator, I spent some of those years on death row, and — excuse me, I’m sorry. 

MARTIN:  It’s OK, brother. 

QUESTION:  I came perilously close to my own execution, and in light of that, what I have just shared with you and in light of the fact that there are documented cases of innocent people who have been executed in our country, I would like to know how can you still take your stance on the death penalty in light of what we know right now.

- Source Video, Source Transcript

In July 2016, Donna Brazile became interim Democratic National Committee chairperson and her CNN contract was suspended.

On October 14th 2016, CNN accepted Donna Brazile's resignation, making this statement:

CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.

New York Times

NYT gives Cablegate's publication schedule to State Department headed by Clinton 9 days in advance

Email shows New York Times handed over Cablegate's publication schedule to the US government (without telling @WikiLeaks) giving the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, up to 9 days in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions.
- Wikileaks Tweet