The Embarrassing American Media Mocks Clinton, Forgets Why She Was In Africa

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Shame on the mainstream media for focusing their reporting on Hillary Clinton’s moment of outrage at a gathering in Congo yesterday. This distraction in the media fundamentally derailed her mission to highlight the violence and poverty in the African country.

All the networks were eating the story up like candy falling out of a pinata. It was a smorgasbord of different angles to the same story: how her husband must have felt; how tired she must have been; how stressful her job is; how hormonal women get, etc.

But regardless of what state of mind the Secretary of State found herself in at the moment the wrongly asked question came, the American media did a deservice to the Congolese people by making Clinton’s trip to that country all about that stressful moment, instead of all about the urgent, pressing issues plaguing the Congo.

Thankfully, Clinton has been the only person not getting caught up in the frenzy, instead of putting out statements explaining that she is human, she has continued to focus on understanding and finding solutions to the problems facing African countries.

Today, the State Department issued some remarks she made on her way to Nigeria. The remarks reflect what her actual state of mind is — what she is actually feeling, seeing. She is being moved by the sexual violence against women, the economic hardships, those things that actually matter. Those things that we in America may not know much about.

When we as journalists focus on petty things, we lose credibility. People don’t take us seriously. Leave the unworthy and unimportant news to the paparazzi. The need to inform people about the issues that face us all is what true journalism is all about.

Here are Clinton’s remarks from the road today — this is what the media should care about:

Well, you know, I’ve been in a lot of very difficult and terrible settings in my years. And I was just overwhelmed by what I saw, both in the camp and in the conversation and I had with two women who met with us.

It is almost impossible to describe the level of suffering and despair, in the camp, particularly…It is just tragic, to see 10,000 people in that space. And still, you know, children are still, you know, dying of malnutrition, they’re dying of diarrhea, they’re dying of malaria, the women are getting raped…It’s just horrific.

And we met the two women, incredibly, brutally, horribly attacked, and suffered extreme injuries. Thanks to that hospital, they are at least alive. As one of the women said, you know, her husband was killed. Her older children heard the guns, went out and they were killed, and she felt abandoned. So they came back into the house, her other two children that they brutally raped.

And the other woman is a young woman living with her husband. And she was eight months’ pregnant. And she was attacked. They beat her very badly, and killed the baby and left her for dead. And it wasn’t quite clear — they were telling (inaudible) people came to try to help her, and the baby was dead, and they had to — the nearest health facility was 85 kilometers. They couldn’t carry her all that way, and she would have died anyway, because of her toxemia. So they — you know, the people around her got the baby out (inaudible) and packed her cavity with grasses, which prevented her from bleeding. And she ended up going to the hospital.

And I said, “Well, how did you end up in a hospital?” He said, “Well, we send people out in the forest to find these women.” What an amazing guy (inaudible) going out into the forest, rescuing women who have been brutally, savaging, inhumanely attacked, and just left there. It was an incredibly emotional.

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