How The Media Got Into Bed With The Clintons

Republican operative Karl Rove writes in The Wall Street Journal that “few demonstrate as much contempt for journalists as do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.” That may be true for Obama, but Mrs. Clinton has taken a different approach. Her platforms, the Clinton Foundation and its project, the Clinton Global Initiative, have given the appearance of humanitarian work, drawing many big names from the media into her network of influence. No wonder they treat her with deference and respect. The media have been compromised.

“Until late Tuesday afternoon,” reports USA Today, “the Clinton Foundation website listed CNN anchor Jake Tapper as a ‘speaker’ at a Clinton Global Initiative event scheduled for June 8-10 in Denver. After USA TODAY asked CNN about the event, Tapper’s name was swiftly removed from the Clinton Foundation website.”

It appears that Tapper will still participate in the meeting, but not as a speaker.

This Tapper controversy should put an end to the pretense that George Stephanopoulos of ABC News is the only member of the journalism business who was compromised through his involvement in the Clinton Foundation. A list of media members of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2011 included Stephanopoulos and many others:

  • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN
  • Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times
  • Lionel Barber, U.S. Managing Director, The Financial Times
  • Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
  • Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC (now with Fox Business Network)
  • Matt Lauer, Host, The Today Show, NBC
  • Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief and American Business Editor, The Economist
  • Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent and Moderator of Meet the Press, NBC News
  • Greta Van Susteren, Anchor and Host, Fox News Channel
  • Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN
  • Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS
  • Katie Couric, Anchor, CBS News (now with Yahoo)
  • Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International

The pro-Clinton group Media Matters has been having a field day with the news that Fox News personalities were on the list. The group points out that Van Susteren and Bartiromo have both lavished praise on the Clinton Global Initiative for its good work.

For our part, we have been drawing attention to media links to the Clintons for at least 10 years. It wasn’t considered controversial by the media, on the left or right, until the release of Peter Schweizer’s new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. Schweizer has attempted to link some of the contributions made to the Clintons to actions taken by the Obama administration when Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State.

We noted back in 2005 that Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of the Fox News parent company, was a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative meeting held in New York in mid-September of that year. As we also pointed out, Clinton himself had appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News Channel show to promote the event.

That same year, we reported that the Fox News Channel, in addition to giving Clinton a platform to talk about his Global Initiative, had done then-Senator Hillary Clinton a big favor by canceling some interviews with Ed Klein, the author of a book critical of Hillary.

Back in 2007, we noted that Murdoch had personally made a $500,000 gift to the Clinton Global Initiative.

“In terms of the Clinton Global Initiative,” Van Susteren told former President Clinton in a 2010 interview, “I’ve seen so many of the good works in terms of the money that goes around the world, whether it’s clean water in different areas. If there is one particular mission for you to describe the Clinton Global Initiative, what is it?”

Clinton’s lengthy reply to this softball question included praise for Frank Giustra, the Canadian business executive, for giving $20 million. Giustra’s donations have subsequently been linked to a plan to win U.S. approval to sell a uranium company to Russia.

Rather than look into the contributions of Giustra and others, Van Susteren encouraged others to contribute to the Clintons. She said to the former president, “A lot of people look at the program, a lot of big names, big contributors and very generous, what about somebody who says I don’t have any big money to contribute. I might have some ideas, or I’m willing to do some leg work to help. How can I participate?”

Isn’t that nice? Even Fox News was in bed with the Clintons.

In a September 27, 2012, column, we pointed out that members of the media scheduled to speak at that year’s Clinton Global Initiative meeting were:

  • Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
  • Piers Morgan, Host, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight
  • Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor, “Charlie Rose”
  • Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN-GPS

It turns out that 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney even attended and addressed that year’s Clinton Global Initiative meeting. Perhaps he had been told by Republican advisers like Rove that it was a humanitarian event with a bipartisan flavor.

“Since serving as president here in America,” Romney declared, “President Clinton has devoted himself to lifting the downtrodden around the world. One of the best things that can happen to any cause, to any people, is to have Bill Clinton as its advocate. That is how needy and neglected causes have become global initiatives.”

The comment goes to show how Clinton, who disgraced himself by having sex with a White House intern and was impeached, has had his reputation rehabilitated. A Republican who got caught doing such things would be forced to slink away and beg for forgiveness from the media.

Romney may have gotten bad advice about going to that event, but it was Romney himself who told Jan Crawford of CBS News during the campaign that the major media were not in the tank for President Obama and that he had no plans to challenge liberal media bias.

No wonder the Democrats are so confident about their ability to manipulate the press. They have the Republicans eating out of their hands.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Busted: A Clinton Cash Connection With Someone Who TORTURES Dissidents Just Exposed

Considering what a new report from Amnesty International has just revealed, one might say that Hillary Clinton and her family charity appear to be reaching toward a breathtaking new height of hypocrisy.

It wasn’t that long ago that the former secretary of state spoke out strongly, decisively, unequivocally against the use of torture by any government. Accepting an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in December of last year, Mrs. Clinton declared, as ABC News reported: “Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice, the United States should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.”

However, what Hillary says, and what her Clinton Foundation does, are clearly not in sync. Writing for the Washington Free Beacon, Andrew Stiles reports that a major donor to the Clinton Foundation “regularly arrests dissidents and brutally tortures them.” That’s the startling conclusion of a new report from Amnesty International about the routine human rights abuses by the government of Morocco.

Amnesty International secretary general Salil Shetty blasted the Moroccan government in a statement, saying: “Morocco’s leaders portray the image of a liberal, human-rights-friendly country. But as long as the threat of torture hangs over detention and dissent that image will just be a mirage.”

Only last week, as The Washington Post reported, Bill Clinton hosted a lavish event for well-heeled world leaders in Morocco. Operating under the banner of the Clinton Global Initiative, the glitzy gathering brought together “foreign oligarchs and corporate titans,” some of whom have been associated with questionable human rights practices — and many of whom have been donors to Hillary’s presidential campaign.

As the Post observed, “For the week’s biggest party, guests were chauffeured across the city to an opulent 56-room palace that boasts a private collection of Arabian horses, overlooks the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and serves a fine-dining menu of ‘biolight’ cuisine.”

So cash flows into the Clinton Foundation from a country accused of repeatedly subjecting dissidents to torture practices including what sounds much like the CIA water-boarding that Hillary Clinton condemned — the Amnesty International report refers to the Moroccan version as “simulated drowning.” And even though Hillary Clinton, in accepting the “Human Rights” award in 2014, proclaimed that “the United States should never condone torture,” it is apparently okay for the Democrat presidential contender to accept large sums of money from a country that practices it.

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Insiders Just Revealed Some Pretty Nasty Accusations Against Chelsea Clinton

As if the Clinton Foundation was not getting enough negative coverage in the news recently, the New York Post’s Page Six reports that the organization has been experiencing a high turnover because one of the Clintons is unpleasant to work for.

Chelsea Clinton, 35, came on board as a vice chairman of the board in 2011, and the foundation since that time has seen an exodus of some top talent.

“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” a inside source told Page Six. “She is very difficult.”

Ms. Clinton spent her teen years with the White House staff surrounding her, and perhaps she grew comfortable with that level of service. Her staff of five is only one fewer than her father’s at the foundation.

The former foundation CEO and current chairman of the board, Bruce Lindsey, was pushed upstairs in 2013 to solely being chairman so Chelsea could bring in her law firm colleague Eric Braverman.

“He [Braverman] was her boy, but he tried to hire his own communications professional and actually tried to run the place. He didn’t understand that that wasn’t what he was supposed to be doing,” a source told Page Six. “He was pushed out.”

Other high level executives followed.

From Page Six:

For Bill Clinton loyalists who grew the foundation from nothing, the high turnover and the ethical questions over its funding are demoralizing. “It’s sad to see what’s happening. The operational planning has gone downhill,” said a source.

Instead of being something Hillary can point to with pride, the foundation has become a bloated slush fund that some critics say deserves an official investigation. And Chelsea’s fingerprints are all over it.

As reported by Western Journalism, 52 Republican lawmakers–with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., at the lead–signed a letter to the IRS calling for the tax-exempt status of the Clinton Foundation to be investigated. The letter reads, in part:

Proceeding under the cloak of philanthropy, the Foundation appears to have facilitated major private business transactions between foreign entities and also failed to report substantial foreign donations during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department. These actions have created an appearance of impropriety and go behind the Foundation’s pledge to act primarily in furtherance of charitable causes for which it was granted tax-exempt status.

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Trey Gowdy Just Called In A Witness Who May Be Hillary’s Worst Nightmare…

The House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to issue a subpoena to Sidney Blumenthal, who served as an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state. Blumenthal, who had business interests in Libya, was employed by the Clinton Foundation at the time.

The New York Times reported Monday that Blumenthal will be subpoenaed for a privately transcribed interview.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the Benghazi committee, hopes to ask the former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton about memos he sent the former secretary of state regarding matters in Libya.

This is some of the information included in the memos Blumenthal sent to Clinton:

  • That Libyan rebels were considering hiring security contractors (April 2011)
  • The threat of a terrorist attack in response to the killing of Osama bin Laden (2011-2012)
  • The role of a business partner advising the new Libyan prime minister (January 2012)
  • Warning forwarded to incoming Ambassador Chris Stevens, one of the four killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack (September 2012)
  • Libyan prime minister wants a better relationship with Israel (August 2012)

The Times noted that the intelligence he gathered came from business associates he advised as they were looking to obtain contracts from the new Libyan government, efforts that ultimately were unsuccessful. The publication continues:

The projects — creating floating hospitals to treat Libya’s war wounded and temporary housing for displaced people, and building schools — would have required State Department permits, but foundered before the business partners could seek official approval.

It is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton or the State Department knew of Mr. Blumenthal’s interest in pursuing business in Libya; a State Department spokesman declined to say. Many aspects of Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement in the planned Libyan venture remain unclear. He declined repeated requests to discuss it.

“These latest moves by the Benghazi Committee-issuing a subpoena without first contacting the witness, leaking news of the subpoena before it was served, and not holding any Committee debate or vote-are straight out the partisan playbook of discredited Republican investigations,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on the Benghazi panel, said in a statement.

Gowdy told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month he intended to interview Blumenthal. “He is on the list … We are taking the witnesses from the Department of State and CIA whose identities need to be preserved, we’re doing them first, and those are transcribed interviews,” the South Carolina Republican said.

Then we are moving into the people who are more well known, the Susan Rice’s, the Ben Rhodes’, and yes, you can include Sidney Blumenthal.

Do you support Trey Gowdy? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Watch: Reporter Exposes Hillary’s Biggest Hypocrisy With One Perfect Question

As Western Journalism reported last month, Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton came under fire for reports that she told those in her inner circle that the “wealthiest one percent” must be toppled in order to restore America’s economy. The inconvenient fact that she and husband Bill reside squarely within that one percent has been suspiciously absent from the candidate’s talking points thus far.

One enterprising reporter decided to use a rare audience with Hillary Clinton to ask her about that perceived hypocrisy.

“On your income disclosure recently that came out Friday,” the reporter said, “you’re in the tip-top echelon of earners in this country. How do you expect everyday Americans to relate to you?”

Shying away from addressing her family’s own staggering wealth, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that “Bill and I have been blessed” financially over the years. Despite their current income class, as well as several recent gaffes regarding that status in recent months, she insisted that she and Bill are perfectly capable of relating to those living paycheck-to-paycheck.

“But we’ve never forgotten where we came from,” she said, “and we’ve never forgotten the kind of country that we want to see for our granddaughter.”

Through her campaign, Clinton asserted, she intends to “fight to make sure everybody has the same chances to live up to his or her own God-given potential.”

Relying on a prior campaign platitude, she lamented the fact that “the deck is stacked for those at the top,” restating her intent to “reshuffle that deck.”

Though her populist rhetoric might resonate among her base, critics remain unconvinced of her sincerity.

“The last thing America needs,” one Twitter user opined, “is another class-war ruler with an enemies list that conveniently excludes her donors.”

Will Hillary’s hypocrisy doom her presidential campaign? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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