This morning FBI director James Comey recommended to the Department of Justice that no criminal charges be made against Hillary Clinton after concluding their investigation into her private email server. This news evoked strong opinions on either side of the political aisle and some journalists didn’t even pretend to be anything but biased, evidenced by their reaction on Twitter.
After the hearing, Paul Krugman, columnist for the elitist The New York Times had his own snotty tweet ready, because,“obviously.”
I gather that something that obviously wasn't going to happen to Clinton has not, in fact, happened. Big news!— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 5, 2016
While CNN analyst Van Jones snappily replied that even this investigation couldn’t stop Clinton from becoming President.
Yeah, down the Potomac. Right to DC and into the White House. Next! https://t.co/oD20OwkPdh— Van Jones (@VanJones68) July 5, 2016
Dave Weigel, political reporter for the Washington Post mocked the GOP and downplayed the Clinton scandals over the years as “mistakes:"
A news cycle in which a long and damaging investigation of a grievous Clinton mistake came to nothing. Now I’ve seen everything!— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 5, 2016
Who’ll be the first elected to call on the GOP Congress to create a special counsel and probe Clinton’s email again?
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 5, 2016
Amanda Marcotte, politics writer for Salon, claimed Republicans were “still bitter about Watergate” and echoed Weigel in the sentiment that this was a “non-scandal.”
Honestly, I think a lot of the right is still bitter about Watergate and just really wants one of their own to somehow even the score.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 5, 2016
It would be fun to poll people who are so outraged by this email thing and find out how many of them can explain what a “server” is.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 5, 2016
Jill Filipovic, feminist writer for The Guardian, continued in Marcotte’s mockery of the right.
Fox News viewers and Trump fans are so shocked right now.— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) July 5, 2016
And Jamil Smith of MTV News dismissed the whole scandal in one crass tweet:
She fucked up. She got scolded for it by a guy who says the Ferguson Effect is real. It's all a bad look. Moving on. https://t.co/apkj2SFzis— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) July 5, 2016
The media’s readiness to quickly dismiss yet another Clinton scandal proves that their attitude towards Clinton hasn’t changed since the days where she characterized her critics as part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”