The local media largely ignored the leak of former Secretary of State, Colin Powell’s emails. A trove of Powell’s emails was released to the public on September 13 by the website dcleaks.com, with a score of emails shedding light on Mr. Powell’s personal views of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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The emails were first reported by Buzzfeed News late Tuesday. Powell, a respected retired general who served under Republican presidential administrations, told BuzzFeed that he does not deny the emails’ authenticity. In a subsequent statement to NBC News, Powell said “the hackers have a lot more” of his emails.
WMCF would normally give deference to the local media as to whether it wished to share Mr. Powell’s personal opinions of Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton: maybe its news, maybe its not. However, one very newsworthy piece of information was revealed as a result of Mr. Powell’s emails being hacked.
Mr. Powell’s emails make clear that despite Hillary Clinton’s prior statements that Colin Powell “encouraged her” to use private email and a private server, Mr. Powell’s emails reveal that he did no such thing. He even told Mrs. Clinton’s staff not to connect him to what she was doing:
“I warned her staff three times over the past two years not to try to connect it to me. I am not sure HRC even knew or understood what was going on in the basement.”
This revelation is important, as, on more than one occasion, local media featured coverage of Mrs. Clinton citing Colin Powell as a defense to her utilizing private email hosted on a private email server.
Unfortunately, without disseminating this newly revealed information, the record remains uncorrected. As such, failure to report on Mr. Powell’s email revelation constitutes bias by omission.