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Hillary’s mail server issues skew recent negative coverage

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Hillary Clinton’s mail server issues have heavily and unfavorably skewed recent media coverage around the Democratic frontrunner.

On Monday, the State Department announced that it had flagged for intelligence review another 305 of the 30,000 emails Clinton returned from its private server to examine whether they contained classified information. Earlier this month, Clinton agreed to provide the FBI with the private server on which she communicated as secretary of state, as well as the USB drive containing the thousands of emails she has already turned over to the State Department. . The FBI is investigating whether classified information has been handled correctly.

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It is not known whether any security breaches have occurred. But the controversy has a short-term political impact on Clinton, according to our analytics partner Zignal Labs.

Over the past five days, there have been nearly 400,000 mentions of Clinton across social, traditional and broadcast media. The former first lady was the most talked about on Twitter, where 25% of discussions were about the mail server (the same percentage as on TV).

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Most embarrassing for Hillary, however, was that 75% of that coverage was negative — a result, according to Zignal, of chatter on the mail server and defiance from Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

The words “emails,” “FBI,” and “secret”—not things a presidential candidate wants, we imagine—have been prominent in discussions around Clinton over the past five days: