Earlier this year, Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, penned a column for The Guardian titled, “This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.”
Today, it is clear that this assertion is not true. Thanks to emails hacked allegedly from the account of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and published by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, we read of Clinton telling a group of real estate developers, financiers and property owners in April 2013 that, as a politician, “you need both a public and a private position” on policies.
“Politics is like sausage being made,” she said. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least.”
To support her argument in the article, Abramson cited PolitiFact, “a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization,” as giving Clinton “the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates.” (The political magazine Current Affairs published an excellent critique of PolitiFact’s famed “Truth-O-Meter” this August.) Readers can decide for themselves whether PolitiFact deserves its Pulitzer and Abramson the trust and faith of her audience.