The reader (Brandon Rittiman) pointed out where we might have erred.
— Brandon Rittiman (@BrandonRittiman) August 4, 2016
We conducted a thorough review and investigation of said post and have concluded the following: Brandon actually did a pretty good interview overall with Clinton, and perhaps we were too hasty in jumping on his tweet and clip of Clinton, wherein he asked her to comment on how mean Trump was being to her.
We found the entire transcript and read it, and Rittiman did ask about local control of fracking and other issues of substance.
He even got a little snarky with her, which we applaud:
RITTIMAN: Does it undercut the argument that you and the Democrats are making that Donald Trump ought to release his tax returns when he can point to right back to tens of thousands of emails that your legal team deleted because they declared them personal?
CLINTON: Oh, that’s such an apples and oranges comparison it’s hard to even talk about. Every presidential candidate for decades has released his tax returns, and I’ve released 33 years of my tax returns. The American people deserve to know about our taxes. And so Donald Trump is standing in the way of precedent that goes back on both sides of aisle Democrats and Republicans, and he clearly has something that he doesn’t want us to see.
I loved when Warren Buffet basically said, “I’ll bring my tax returns; you bring yours. I’ll meet you anytime anywhere.”
He owes the American people his tax returns.
RITTIMAN: What kind of stuff was in those emails that he keeps harping on?
CLINTON: It was all personal stuff, and we’ve said that consistently. And as the FBI said, everything that I’ve said publicly has been consistent and truthful with what I’ve told them. So, he can say whatever he wants, but the facts remain he owes the American people his tax returns, and we all are going to keep pushing him until he releases them.
He also asked her about the cash for Iranian hostages deal, which she chalked up to old news, that wasn’t true.
So for what it’s worth, dear reader, (Brandon Rittiman) the entire interview was a lot better than the clip Brandon tweeted out.