Pretty much as I predicted nearly three weeks ago, Hillary Clinton has wiped clean her server so that there’s no chance of reviewing the emails she did not turn over to the Department of State. Here’s what her lawyer wrote to Congressman Trey Gowdy:
To avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the secretary’s IT support that no emails…..for the time period January 21, 2009 through February 1, 2013 reside on the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server.
That won’t stop people from trying to find a way to still recover those emails, but let me offer a word of advice: it’s not going to happen and you’re getting played here.
The NY Times has details today of Apple’s upcoming streaming TV service, and there’s one quote that has me wondering:
One major entertainment company not involved in the latest round of discussions is Comcast and its NBCUniversal entertainment group, the people said.
Although the article focuses more on NBCUniversal’s entertainment channels, there’s one other channel in its lineup: the MSNBC news network. Apple’s not striking a deal with Comcast means that MSNBC would be excluded from Apple’s streaming service. The article indicates that Fox is included in the service, so, presumably, Fox News would be available.
Dish TV’s Sling TV service includes CNN, so it’s not hard to envision Apple picking up CNN as well. That means, in the end, Apple could offer all the major Cable News networks except MSNBC.
That’s the problem with being owned by a content distribution company — MSNBC could find what’s best for it (widest distribution across all channels) is at odds with what’s best for its parent (people sticking to cable TV), and MSNBC would end up the loser in that battle.
Cable News Trending Topics for 2015-03-14
I’m not sure what people were talking about yesterday on Cable News Twitter — certainly no dominant topic. That happens, I guess. We do know who was saying it: the viewers of Fox News’ Cashin’ In and their hashtag #WakeUpAmerica:
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It is fun to make up sentences out of the most popular words. I bet “Obama now will like us” is probably not quite what people were saying, though. Although “Hillary people: police know” is intriguing. “Say truth President” — could be.
Raw data: 2015-03-14-TagStats.csv and 2015-03-14-WordStats.csv
A mystery is happening this weekend. My blog — this blog — normally gets under a hundred visitors a day. Sometimes there’s a burst of activity, frequently tied to the fact that I have a list of all the US Senators’ Twitter accounts — somebody has a hot button issue and tells everyone to come to my site to get their representative’s account. That’s very nice. But this weekend, Google has been visiting a lot. Not declaring itself to be a search engine, mind you, but clearly in an automated fashion thinly disguised as a user. Here’s what I’ve seen:
Everyone who uses Twitter is familiar with and uses hashtags. But the usage of hashtags is not uniform; some people use them to identify specific topics while others use them as a sort of group identity. For those who use them as group identity, their hashtags tend to stand out in the crowd because of the consistent and widespread usage of them. Topics come and go from day to day, but groups persist. And that gives group hashtags unique staying power.
In the realm of US politics, conservative Twitter users tend to focus on a small set of group hashtags that get high usage as a result. Here are the top conservative hashtags, as a percentage of overall english language tweets: