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Note the mostly buried news that State Dept closed @HillaryClinton email probe with this verdict: no big deal. As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion.
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State Dept. Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Finds No Deliberate Mishandling of Classified Information
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Jeff Toobin was not even close to being one of the main offenders when it came to blowing Clinton emails out of proportion. I wish others with more culpability would show this level of introspection or else the media is likely to repeat its mistakes in '20
 
As always, @JeffreyToobin is one of the most honest and honorable journalists in the business. He was among those with the least to apologize for, but was the first to offer one. A true class-act.
 
Why is Toobin the only one saying sorry?
 
 
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I mean... I think you are the only person who has actually apologized for their role, so I give you credit for that.
 
The New York Times should run this story on the front page along with the same apology:
 
How refreshing. I have NEVER seen a journalist take accountability like this.

Bravo @JeffreyToobin.
 
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Y'all are so used to 1) Getting your talking points from GOP sources. 2) Pack journalism-if a beltway type says it's important, you all do the story. No second thoughts, just follow the pack. 3) So many of you hated Clinton. You really did & felt no need to self reflect on that.
 
 
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Please make sure that you and your colleagues do not fall into the same trap during this election. Bonus points: call trump's lies lies. Thank you and respect.
 
Note to journalists: we all make mistakes - sometimes ones with big consequences. You needn't douse yourself in kerosene. Simple recognition and humility is all it takes to being back balance.
 
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Thanks for Trump, brah. Glad you had some personal growth.
 
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Appreciate your honesty and courage. Political operatives have to confront their mistakes every day, and yes, her campaign and her supporters - like me - made important mistakes. Refreshing to see an honorable journalist confront mistakes as well.
 
 
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Maybe you should, for the next year, constantly report on Trump, Ivanka, Jared, and all the current hypocrates’ use of private email servers and non dod approved cell phones tht has been going on the whole time
 
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That's nice. What have you learned from this, and how will you apply what you've learned to coverage of the 2020 election? Because if you just express regret but failed to learn anything and vow to do better, I am unimpressed.
 
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Question: why did you blow it out of proportion? Genuinely curious.
 
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Every journalist who blew this out of proportion should apologize to her. We knew nothing was there. You guys still went along with it. Now it’s like well the past is the past. Just shameful. Utterly shameful.
 
This is the way to do this.
 
Too late. Damage done. This is a stain on the political press corps that nothing will erase.
 
 
 
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If you’re sincere, please say this as many times as you spoke about the emails. Anything less is disingenuous.
 
 
An apology for skewering Hillary on her emails.
One down, a bazillion to go.
 
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Thanks Jeffrey. Talk to your people at CNN, and your colleagues.
 
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I appreciate this. But she was completely exonerated at least twice before this.The bottom line is that this story should have died in July ‘16 when it was closed first time, exonerated HRC. Comey gave a terribly out of bounds presser and the press took his bait. TWICE!! Shame.
 
remove your clothing and walk west until you fall and cannot get back up and then it will be done
 
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Send your apology to the Kurds. I am sure they will care.
 
How come so many of us, the non journalists, knew it was a fabricated outrage?
 
This is embarrassing. There were over 600 violations found and this investigation had nothing to do with her setting a private, unsecured email server in her house that put our national security at risk. Grow up, Jeffrey.
 
Something you rarely see. Thank you, @JeffreyToobin
 
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THANK YOU for being the only journalist I know of that has expressed regret. And you were by no means the worst @nytimes @mitchellreports @chucktodd @JoeNBC @morningmika etc etc etc
 
Need a lot more of this today journalists!
 
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crickets from the NYT. They put the end of the probe story on page 16. Any criticism by readers though, is dismissed as leftist Twitter mob--by Baquet et al
 
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phew thanks for admitting that before something bad happened
 
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I appreciate you recognizing that participating in prolonging this story probably helped to put Trump in office.
 
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OK. Now do better this cycle. Don't accept the same BS media driven premises that your colleagues are so thirsty to guzzle. Challenge garbage takes in real time. Lead.
 
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It's not as if you aren't in 'stellar' company. But I think this mea culpa would have more impact if you, and so many others in the media who perpetuated the lies, would make a public and personal apology to @HillaryClinton herself. #StillWithHerFromCanada
 
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yay you. feel better now? Because I don't.
 
Jeffrey deserves credit for this apology — and every single outlet that participated in blowing the Hillary Emails story out of proportion should run a similar FRONT PAGE mea culpa.
 
Can we like throw a conference where they can all discuss how not to do this next time?
 
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Thanks for admitting that, Jeff.
 
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Thank you for your acknowledgment especially in the face that nothing is reported about Jared, Ivanka and multiple others using a private email servers.
 
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Expose Ivanka's emails as much as #MSM did HRC
 
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Please keep in mind that Biden/Ukraine is the lure to get you to do it again.
 
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Thank you. Now please, listen and pay attention. Russia is running a massive cyberwar and psyops on the US and other countries are also involved. Don’t give oxygen to them this time. Expose them!
 
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Then you owe it to readers to explain why you did it, and how you will ensure you don’t do it again.
 
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Thank you, but the damage is done.
 
Every reporter and editor should read this tweet and decide if they have regrets. And then decide whether to share them. Here’s my regret as dem hack.I was sure Hillary was going to win and told everyone I knew that. I was wrong and if regret if 1 person stayed home because of it
 
Let's stop pretending that news coverage is neutral or can be neutral and start some honest dialogue about how to restructure, reframe, and retrain journalism in this country with the given that it is going to affect democracy.
#Infomocracy
 
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I appreciate that, I still think @CNN needs to apologize not just you
 
 
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Could you write an article about how and why this happened? An important component would be how even normally sensible journalists were affected by the Russian propaganda attack. No one seems to have dealt with that.
 
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Laura, could you lead with this newsworthy story tonight and, perhaps offer up an apology seeing as you were on that “lock her up” bandwagon? @IngrahamAngle
 
Jeffrey Toobin was one of the first journalists to apologize for his role in 2016. And now he does it again. I respect him for this.
 
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This is like apologizing for blowing the OJ story out of proportion because he was found not guilty. Your job is to report the things that are going while they're going on. If you do that well, you'll never have regrets.
 
The most important part of an apology is a commitment to behaving differently in the future, @JeffreyToobin. What will you do differently in the coming year?
 
Show your regret by using all that energy to address the actual crimes coming out of the White House.
 
 
Thank you. You're a journalist I respect. It makes me simultaneously glad to see you take responsibility, and disturbed that no one else is.

I think a lot of reporters truly still don't get that this confused millions of voters and probably threw the election.
 
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Thank you. I’ve been waiting three years to hear a apology from the media
 
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I must say I will die angry over this. But I do deeply appreciate your apology.
 
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I've been harsh with mea culpas so I'll say thank you. But I'd also like to know how you plan to avoid making the same grave errors of judgment in the future.
 
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It served it's purpose which was to create an "equally bad" or "just as bad" perception in people's minds who were looking for things to dislike about Hillary.
 
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"...and in the future promise to ___________"
 
I want to see way more apologies like this.
 
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Until your profession has a self-reckoning, things will only get worse. None of you can control yourselves and act responsibly. Democracy does not die in darkness. It dies by the light of day at the hands of those charged with protecting it - the press.
 
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Journalists who smeared Hillary for no reason other than ratings just destroyed our country for generations, that’s all. So no probs, dude.
 
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Congrats on helping to give us Trump. Question, you’re admitting this, but are your actions as a journalist going to change? Will you actually be able to properly do a job keeping the electorate informed after this colossal failure on your part?
 
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Maybe you shouldn’t be a Chief legal analyst anymore. You know. If you’re sorry.
 
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needs to do an entire special on #WhatHappened If you are truly regretful and sorry prove it sir. Hillary deserves an apology that is full throated by the networks. Everyone who remains silent are complicit. Hillary warned us about Russian interference. #ImSorryHillary pic.twitter.com/B74xmQWMsq
 
Thank you but you shouldn’t be the only one apologizing.
 
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To be fair, it was already known to be no big deal when it was most damagingly blown out of proportion. Oh well. Last chance to do a better job coming soon!
 
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Apologies are appreciated- now fight like hell to clean up the catastrophe that ensued !! ✅
 
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TFL. That story helped fvck us all.
 
Dear MSM,
This is what it looks like.
Don't do it again this time around.
Thank you.
 
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6. Yet the people who turned it into a “controversy” whose consequences have changed the world have said nothing. Only one person, Jeffrey Toobin, has taken responsibility for his role in poisoning public opinion and imperiling the republic. twitter.com/JeffreyToobin/…
 
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Then spend a long-ass time thinking about why you did it in the first place, and don't let it happen again.
 
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Newsweek: Jared Kushner's Using WhatsApp for White House Business Is 'Far More Egregious' Than Hillary Clinton's Emails, Cybersecurity Expert Says. newsweek.com/jared-kushner-…
 
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Good. Now do Semion Mogilevich. 🧐
 
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Here's hoping you don't blow things out of proportion for 2020. Funny how it always seems to be the Dems you guys attack, though, isn't it?
 
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Can you go on cnn and msnbc and tell them and everyone please? You aren't the only one who can learn from 2016. We need media to be better in 2020 bc 2020 will be worse.
 
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On Jared Kushner's emails, the real problem is the media's hypocrisy washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin… Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work. Only Pence was hacked theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/pen… Trump’s unsecured phones make Clinton’s server look like Ft Knox vanityfair.com/news/2018/05/t
 
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You are the only person I can think of who's done this. It's means a LOT. Thank you.
 
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Props to this dude for owning his role in this unforgivable smear campaign against Hillary.
 
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We regret what you did, too.
 
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So how many front page stories on Hunter Biden will you run while burying Eric, Jr, and Jarvanka's business deals?
 
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Thanks for Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, Jeff! 💀💀💀💀💀💀 And that’s BEST CASE scenario, assuming Ginsburg can hang on another year.
 
 
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Now would be a good time to do a "lessons learned" bit of reflection and then seriously look at how you choose to cover the 2020 election race, altering your approach based on what you (and hopefully the rest of the Press) learned.
 
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I respect that you owned it. There were 600 STRAIGHT DAYS of stories about her emails. Meanwhile Jared and Ivanka are doing much worse with emails, WhatsApp, and unsecured phones, but no one is writing a thing about it.
 
.@JeffreyToobin's apology a) shows how to be a journalist w/integrity & b) raises the quandary how to avoid 'blackbird journalism' in Fall of '20 when Trump makes up another "Worse than Watergate!"

Here's hoping next time that @deanbaquet takes the lead, not the bait.
 
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I *kind of* appreciate this, but also 🤷🏽‍♀️ It's, you know, horrifically late.
 
Props to Toobin. Some other journalists are overdue for some self-examination.
 
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Thank you for the acknowledgement. Unfortunately we'll never get back what we've lost as a country.
 
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As a journalist, maybe you can find a way to put that regret front and center at that media outlet you work for.
 
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Good to know. Question now is, what did you learn from it? Because I am seeing the media repeat and this time with the Bidens while ignoring the glaring Nepotism the Trump kids are part of! When will we see their disgusting profiteering off the Presidency on the front pages?
 
Literally no one blew the story out of proportion.

The story has been underreported and downplayed af. Still is.

It was never, and will never be, "no big deal."
 
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