As I’m sure you all know, the IG Report on the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was released yesterday.
It’s over five hundred pages. I spent the morning reading it and so far am halfway through it.
It isn’t exactly a thrilling read. But that’s to be expected. After all, it’s a government report from a government bureaucrat. And those kinds of things aren’t going to read like a book by Vince Flynn.
But make no mistake about it. This report is damning.
And for that reason, I would encourage you to try and slog your way through it.
Here’s the LINK to the IG Report.
Now, I’m going to give you the same words of caution that Sundance did over at The Conservative Treehouse.
In fact, I’ll just quote what Sundance wrote:
Read, but don’t focus on, the “executive summary” or “conclusions”; those two sections were written by political administrators in FBI and DOJ leadership. Focus on the substance of the documented facts within the IG report. You’ll note the specific facts don’t support the “summary/conclusion”.
And I can tell you that after reading half of this report that Sundance’s advice is smart.
Now I’m guessing the mainstream news media, if they read anything at all, only read the Executive Summary and Conclusion.
That’s only a guess on my part. But I’d say that my assumption on that is 97% accurate.
Because let’s face it, the news media today is basically from the “Leak it to us or just give us the gist” school of journalism.
Effort takes too much time and, well, effort. So they’re not going to expend that kind of time and energy to read all 568 pages.
Relying on their observations is like believing someone who claims to be an expert on “War and Peace” when he only read the Cliff Notes.
You need to get into the meat of the IG Report yourself to really comprehend what it’s about.
Yesterday, the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway did read the report.
OK I read all 568 pages. Ask me anything.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 15, 2018
And her summary over at The Federalist is informative.
The most informative part of her column is the caveat in the beginning which she titled “Learn How to Interpret an IG Report.”
She explains in part:
The FBI’s IG Michael Horowitz has a good reputation for good reason. But his report is in support of the FBI and its policies and procedures. As such, the findings will be focused on helping the FBI improve its adherence to those policies and procedures. Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.
The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring. In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabe’s firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as “lack of candor.” In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed. Yet Horowitz fills the report with details of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior. [Emphasis Dianny’s]
That is exceedingly helpful information to have before you begin.
And, again, I do encourage you to read the IG Report for yourself.
The truth is, the media and the Democrats – who probably haven’t read any of it – will brush it off as nothing.
And let’s face it, reading primary sources is always better than relying on the opinions, interpretations and observations of secondary sources.
It’s like the game “Telephone.” By the time the information gets to you, it probably bears little resemblance to what the IG Report actually says.
And that’s doubly true with regard to anything the mainstream news media is going to say about it.
Now I’m not saying ignore other people’s summaries on this report.
I’m just saying that familiarizing yourself with the primary source will help provide a basis of understanding when you read or listen to those summaries.
Plus, the end result will be that you are far more informed on the IG Report than most of the talking heads on cable news.
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