The Times Free Press has two unique editorial voices: The Chattanooga Times, representing the liberal view, and the Chattanooga Free Press, representing the conservative view.
While traditional "big" media keep an eye on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to see if he is unable to avert his eyes from a woman, WikiLeaks dumps of email from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta continue to expose callousness, corruption and cronyism in her campaign.
A 2011 exchange among Podesta, now Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin found Halpin describing "the most powerful elements of the conservative movement" who are "all Catholic" as "an amazing bastardization of the faith" and "must be attracted to [its] systematic thought and backwards gender relations."
Palmieri responded, "I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
Elsewhere, the discussion terms Catholics "severely backwards" and suggests they don't know "what they hell they're talking about."
Relating to the bourgeois
Now wealthy beyond imagination, Clinton said in a 2014 speech to Goldman Sachs and BlackRock that only memories of her childhood connect her to everyday Americans.
"Obviously," she said, referring to her lifestyle of the rich and famous, "I'm kind of far removed because of the life I've lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy."
Something for the birthday boy
One email thread shows the assumed pay-for-play atmosphere that existed between Clinton as secretary of state and her family's Clinton Foundation.
"[Qatar] would like to see WJC (Bill Clinton) 'for five minutes' in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC's birthday in 2011," a Clinton Foundation employee said to numerous aides.
The email goes on to suggest possible further gifts from the Middle East country, these in relief for Haiti after a 2010 earthquake.
The leaked email comes on top of a recent ABC story on special attention that was directed to be paid to emails identifying "FOBs" (Friends of Bill Clinton) involving the State Department after the earthquake.
Making peace with [expletives]
Podesta wrote Clinton in 2015 that former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who'd been energy secretary and United Nations ambassador under Bill Clinton, could be a d—-, but he was worth trying to get back on team Clinton.
A bitter feud had existed between the Clintons and Richardson since 2008 when Richardson endorsed candidate Barack Obama over her in the Democratic primary.
"I had heard that you were upset that I encouraged a call between [Bill Clinton] and Richardson to bury the hatchet," Podesta wrote to Hillary Clinton in August 2015.
"I did that at the request of [former Bill Clinton Deputy Campaign Manager] Jose Villarreal who pushed me and made the point that Richardson is still on TV a lot, especially on Univision and Telemundo and not withstanding the fact that he can be a d—-, it was worth getting him in a good place. Probably worth a quick call to ask him to stay stout and publicly endorse, but if it's too galling, don't bother."
It was unclear if the call was made, but Richardson announced his support two days after the email was sent.
I'm sor-, sor-, sor, sor-
The private email server scandal and what she would say about it consumed Clinton aides and supporters after the news broke in the summer of 2015, but in one email to Podesta a longtime adviser to the candidate noted Clinton wasn't keen to admit mistakes.
Before the email in September 2015, Clinton had given a partial apology during an NBC interview with Andrea Mitchell
"Everyone wants her to apologize," said Neera Tanden, chief executive officer for Center for American Progress, a far-left organization. "And she should. Apologies are like her Achilles heel."
Fortunately, she said, "she didn't seem like a b—— in the interview" and that she would "get to the full apology in a few interviews."
"No good deed goes unpunished," Podesta responded. "Press takeaway was the whine of but 'she really didn't apologize to the American people.' I am beginning to think Trump is on to something."
Against Wall Street (wink, wink)
Just three years ago, Clinton told Goldman Sachs that the global investment banking, securities and investment management firm and other Wall Street firms like it in the industry need to be part of determining industry regulation, and she sympathized with the investment bankers over "the bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives."
Facing an increasing threat from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the Democratic primary earlier this year, though, she changed her tune — at least publicly.
"Wall Street can never be allowed to once again threaten Main Street," she said in February, and I will fight to rein in Wall Street."
Since Clinton is raking in millions in campaign contributions from Wall Street, though, it's all just a cynical part of her public/private strategy, which also became known last week in another WikiLeaks release.