Sex sells in the media business. It may be a truism, but it also happens to be true.
So, when former Secretary of State Colin Powell had his emails hacked and his private communucations posted on the website DCLeaks.com on Tuesday, the titillating details about Bill Clinton made for sensational and surefire press fodder.
Except for the mainstream media. Why? Politics always comes first.
One of the revelations from the email was the principal point of interest for the broader public at large: Colin Powell’s excoriating remarks about Hillary Clinton, and as a kicker, the purported salacious behavior or her husband Bill Clinton.
As Independent Journal Review reported earlier:
“I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home (according to the NYP).”
As Kyle Drennen of Newsbusters noticed, CBS News wasn’t having any of Powell’s comments on the lascivious exploits of former President Clinton.
This is what “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King told the audience at the top of the 8 a.m. hour:
“In a leaked e-mail, he wrote, quote, ‘I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect.’ He calls Hillary Clinton, quote, ‘A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational…’”
“Just as they did Wednesday morning, the liberal ‘Big Three’ networks steered clear of any of the more deeply personal attacks against the Clintons in former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s e-mails, while continuing to rail against Donald Trump that evening,” Drennen commented.
CBS News published the Powell comments elsewhere. For instance, it published a censored version of the email on page 2 of a 10-part news story on its website:
The media generally blacked out Powell’s most biting criticism of Hillary Clinton. As the Albuquerque Express put it:
The media however chose to report only on Powell’s emails where he slams Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump for his ‘racist’ comments – with the networks making no reference whatsoever to the emails related to the Clintons.
An example of the one-sided way the Powell emails were reported to a separate audience came at another point on “CBS This Morning,” when Powell’s words about Trump being a “national disgrace” came up, but not his pointed barbs about the Clintons:
The report reminds one of CBS News’ original airing of Bill Clinton’s comments on Hillary’s health issues, in which he stated that she “frequently… well, not frequently, rarely” collapses from dehydration. CBS News claimed that “frequently” was edited out of the original broadcast merely for time reasons.
It appears that Clinton’s self-edited phrase about Hillary Clinton “frequently, no rarely” collapsing is something the audience would want to know, just like people want to know if Powell thinks Bill Clinton would still be a philanderer if back in the White House.
Of course, it’s hard to imagine that such damning information would be cut by the mainstream media if it applied to Donald Trump.