MEDIA BLACKOUT: Will Tonight’s Debate Be The First to Mention ‘Wikileaks’ At All?

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By Andrew Stiles | 1:22 pm, October 9, 2016

Wikileaks it at it again. The controversial transparency group has published what appear to be transcripts from the Wall Street speeches Hillary Clinton went to such great lengths to conceal.

Even when the media has covered the contents of the Wikileaks release, the headlines have been somewhat puzzling.

Was it moderate, for example, when Hillary Clinton said during a paid speech at a Brazilian bank that her “dream” was “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders”?

Will she be asked to defend this position during the second presidential debate Sunday night? That remains to be seen. NBC’s Lester Holt was ridiculed for his “biased” moderating during the first debate, and Sunday night’s equally compromised moderators, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, are likely to offer a repeat performance.

“Wikileaks” has yet to garner a single mention in the debates. The group’s work was ignored in both the first debate moderated by Holt, and in the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

The timing of the latest Wikileaks email publication coincided with the release of a 2005 video clip that shows Donald Trump making lewd remarks about women, which has prompted a number of Republicans to call on Trump to drop out of the race.

The media has devoted most of its resources to covering the fallout, and many viewers are wondering if Hillary will face a single question about the speech transcripts she didn’t want the public to see.