The New York Times endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Saturday reads almost entirely as a list of excuses for the candidate’s past mistakes, failings and perceived lack of character. “Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument,” the editorial board writes in a self-described effort to persuade voters she is a good candidate on her own merits. “The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump.”
Yet on issues spanning Clinton’s entire career as first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, the editorial board consistently explains away some kind of glaring issue in order to make a positive point about her. All of these issues — from her vote in favor of the Iraq war, to her use of a private email server, to the perception she’s not trustworthy — are lumped together as “occasional missteps,” which the board argues make it difficult for Clinton to “reveal” her true record.
Here’s a sampling of the editorial board’s maneuvering on her behalf......To Read More....