It has happened many times in the past. A story is covered by numerous websites but which is ignored by the mainstream media because it doesn't fit with their political agenda. However, rarely has there been such a blatant example of this Web/MSM dichotomy in coverage as what happened this week in view of the fact that it involved a major presidential election issue. Hillary Clinton claimed her bigtime flip-flop from supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to opposing it came about because she had recently read the pact. The big problem for her credibility is that the details of that agreement have not yet been released as was verified by the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. One of the websites covering the story that the MSM dare not touch was Breitbart which noticed the bigtime Hillary fib:
...at last night’s CNN’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, candidate Hillary Clinton said of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “I did say when I was secretary of state three years ago that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week and in looking at it did not meet my standards.”
Wednesday at the White House press briefing, when asked if it was possible she actually looked at the agreement because it had not yet been released, press secretary Josh Earnest said, “Yeah I noticed that too,” adding because “the details matter” they “look forward to, as soon as possible, being able to put forward the text of the agreement so that everybody can review it and make their own judgment.”
Breitbart was hardly alone in noting the Hillary fib. The Daily Caller also weighed in with Hillary Says TPP Details Were Made Public ‘A Week Or So Ago’ — But They Weren’t:
The mystery over whether Hillary Clinton has reviewed the text of the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal took a new turn Thursday.
“Now that the details have been made public, like a week or so ago,” Clinton said during an event hosted by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, defending her flip-flop on the 12-nation agreement which she once called “the gold standard.”
That remark mirrors something Clinton said during Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas, when she said that after looking at the deal she changed her mind on the partnership, which President Obama is aggressively urging lawmakers to pass.
“I did say when I was secretary of state three years ago that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week and in looking at it did not meet my standards,” Clinton said Tuesday.
The only problem: the final text of the deal has not been released, raising questions about how Clinton could have reviewed it.
So how long will the MSM go on pretending not to notice the glaring Hillary fib? If a major Republican presidential candidate had reversed his previous position on TPP based on claiming to have read the agreement despite it not being released, does anyone out there doubt it would have been instant headline news in the large media outlets? However, since the fib came from Hillary, we get the sound of crickets from the MSM on this matter.