The Actual Definition of a Shill
March 12th, 2015

If there was any justice in #ThisTown, nobody would ever take David Brock the least bit seriously ever again. Have a look at this Washington Post story about Democrats freaking out over Hillary Clinton’s private email scheme:

Last week, supporters in Congress and others were willing to go on cable television to defend Clinton on the e-mails but were puzzled when her aides did not provide talking points or other information that might help them, according to Clinton allies. “A lot of people were flying blind,” said one Democratic ally who spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment candidly. Requests for information “were met with dead silence” from Clinton’s team, this person said. “This shows they have a long way to go until their organization is ready for prime time.”

Some of Clinton’s longtime allies in the Senate and House leadership did receive guidance from the Clinton camp, although their aides were frustrated that they had to proactively reach out to Clinton aides to get it.

And here’s the money graph on Brock:

But Correct the Record — an outside political group set up specifically to defend Clinton in the media — received only a brief set of talking points from Clinton’s office instructing them to dismiss the story as silly and to compare Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account to former secretary of state Colin Powell’s use of an AOL account. The group was given no additional information for days, leaving Correct the Record founder David Brock and other surrogates to craft their own, sometimes incongruous, defenses.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with being partisan. All you have to do to keep your honor is be transparent, independent, and candid enough to call things like you actually see them.

But here’s Brock’s group complaining that they didn’t get any marching orders, so that they had to think up what they thought on their own. It’s unbelievable.

And yet, come January the Post and other media outlets will dutifully quote Brock and Correct the Record as if they’re just another partisan outlet worth paying attention to. But they’re not. There’s a difference between being a partisan and being an actual shill.

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