The worst media disaster of August 2015

In a month full of embarrassing press conferences for presidential candidates, one took the cake.

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Back in March, Hillary Clinton defended her use of a personal server and email account for emails she wrote and received while Secretary of State by saying, “I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”

Many people believed her rationale strained credulity, concluding that Clinton didn’t want her work-related emails to become part of the public record prior to a possible presidential run. As reporter Taylor Wofford wrote in Newsweek:

Had Clinton used a State Department address for email, her communications would presumably be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. They could then be requested by journalists or other members of the public. However, since Clinton used a private server, which is not subject to the FOIA, journalists won’t be able to request them.

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