Confused by Hillary’s email or Clinton Foundation scandals? Late night comedy to the rescue! John Oliver’s show sums these up well, and certainly better than “serious” cable news outlets have.
The bottom line: Yes, there’s been poor judgment and questionable conduct; Hillary is neither the most ethical nor most astute of politicians. But in the end, there’s really less bad news here than meets the eye. It’s an educational and funny 10 minutes.
Now, if you want to dig deeper, this July piece from Slate expertly explains the email affair. Unlike any other coverage I’ve seen, the essay addresses what Hillary’s smattering of classified messages were about and why, even if hacked by Russia or whomever, it wouldn’t really matter.
In the second half of his segment, Oliver goes on to compare those Clinton scandals with Donald Trump’s. As you might imagine, Hillary’s ethical lapses pale in comparison. And as Oliver admits, the show barely scratches the surface of the so-called Trump Foundation and other Trumpian sleaze. Still, he does a good job of contrasting the two foundations and candidates.
Again, if you want more, today’s Vox offers a comprehensive compendium of Trump’s corrupt and associated conduct. The piece perhaps stretches the concept of corruption to include legal self-dealing and similarly slimy behavior – but let’s not split hairs.