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Everyone knows by now that a hacker got into Colin Powell’s emails and leaked them all over the internet.  The way people have been interpreting Powell’s emails should be insightful into how biased media sources can be, and why old media continues to be oblivious to how its own bias is contributing to its downfall.  These days, you really have to read the story from a few different places, and make your own conclusions as to what the truth is. 

For example… Fox News would lead you to believe that Powell truly hates Hillary Clinton, and wants to see his Republican party win.  An excerpt from Fox:

“I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields,” he wrote, according to The Intercept. He reportedly had tried to settle the matter in a meeting with Clinton aide Cheryl Mills.

In a separate email, Powell said he “warned her staff three times over the past two years not to try to connect it to me.”

According to The Daily Caller, Powell also sent one email in March 2015 complaining that “Hillary’s Mafia keeps trying to suck me into” the email controversy, which at the time had only just surfaced.

Yet, if you tuned into traditional MSM like NBC or ABC, you’d come away thinking that Powell can’t stand Trump, and the Republican party, and thinks Trump is a “national disgrace”.  An excerpt from NBC:

Powell in another email the same day dismissed Trump’s stated overtures to African-American voters. “There is nothing he can say that will sway black voters so he might as well say it to white folks,” Powell wrote.

“He takes us for idiots,” Powell, who is black, said in the email. “He can never overcome what he tried to do to Obama with his search for the birth certificate hoping to force Obama out of the Presidency. Or, demanding his school transcripts to see how he got into Harvard — (eg, affirmative action ).”

Powell didn’t restrict his criticism to Trump. In a Dec. 17 email to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Powell said “Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt.”

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Buzzfeed and its idiotic drivel got in on the act, and focused on Powell’s disdain for Secretary Rumsfeld and defense of former President George W. Bush.  An excerpt:

“Don should just stop talking,” she added. “He puts his foot in his mouth every time.”Powell replied by seconding Rice’s critique, saying “the boys in the band were brain dead.”

“Doug and Paul claims they had a plan (turn Iraq and our Army over to Chalibi) and leave,” Powell wrote, appearing to reference Bush administration officials Doug Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and the late Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who died last year.

“43 knew what had to be done,” Powell continued, referring to President George W. Bush, “specifically rejected the Chalibi crowd and as you say the boys in the band were brain dead.”

And everyone from respected financial blog Zerohedge to humor/satire site Barstool Sports got a kick out of Bill Clinton purportedly still “dicking bimbos”.  An excerpt from ZH:

Just two years ago, Powell told billionaire megadonor Jeffrey Leeds just how he feels about Hillary “I would rather not vote for her,” and Bill “still dicking bimbos at home.”

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After digesting all of the news about the leaks, what do I make of all of it?  Mostly, it shows that no one is off limits to hacking.  In fact, the more important you are, the more hackers are likely to want and successfully get your personal communications.  If you are communicating digitally, you have to assume that at some point, it will get out.  If you don’t want it getting out, don’t email/text/tweet/whatever your feelings.  Powell doesn’t seem to care, and has insinuated as much in his statements that the emails were authentic, and that “the hackers have a lot more”.  More people who are “victims” of personal leaks would do well to own their own personal leaked communications like Powell has, instead of denying them.

As for Colin Powell?  He’s an equal opportunity hater, and is as disdainful of our choices in this election as most Americans are.  Many have said he would be a great President, and I’m inclined to agree, but who can blame him for not wanting to run?  The job sucks, and puts incredible scrutiny on your family and your past.  Obviously, he thinks only an idiot would want the job, and given our top choices in this election, I’m again inclined to agree.

And honestly… I’m still in shock the whites got him in the Race Draft back in 2004.