Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Consider The Source

Ken O’Brien

The release of a new book called “Clinton Cash” has the right claiming that it will blow the lid off of the Clinton campaign and have the Democratic Party throwing in the towel on 2016 in no time. The book is about the nefarious doings of the evil Clinton Foundation, a non-profit supposedly dedicated to doing good works around the globe, but which conservatives say is actually nothing more than a corrupt organization dedicated to selling out the interests of poor people everywhere so that Hillary Clinton can destroy the world. 

It must be said at the outset that investigating the Clinton Foundation is entirely appropriate. It is a major fundraising organization, lots of wealthy people from around the globe have donated money, some of whom are not such nice fellows. Now, the taking of money from bad people and using it to better the lives of poor people around the world should not automatically be suspect. Some people might even call such a transaction a form of restitution. But it is certainly worth looking into even the possibility of an improper quid pro quo between Hillary Clinton and these nefarious actors when she was Secretary of State. Responsible journalists can and will undoubtedly be looking at all of this throughout the campaign as they should. 

However, the man who wrote this book “Clinton Cash” is not a responsible journalist. (Well, unless you consider his affiliations with Breitbart News an endorsement of his integrity.) The author, Peter Schweizer, is a long time Republican political operative whose credibility rests on books such as “Architects of Ruin: How Big Government Liberals Ruined the Global Economy and Will Do It Again if We Don’t Stop Them” and ”Makers and Takers:Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine less … and even hug their children more than liberals.” That latter literary masterpiece was actually a sequel to his earlier work called ”Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.” Let’s just say there’s no mistaking Schweizer for an unbiased journalist.
Rachel Maddow addressed Schweizer’s past history on her show last evening.

(Media Matters has compiled a full dossier on Schweizer’s reporting inaccuracies and far right connections. They are as deep as they are wide.)

The fact that a right-wing propagandist would publish an “exposé” on Hillary Clinton is as surprising as Bill O’Reilly proclaiming himself to be a war hero. This is just how the right rolls. You’ll undoubtedly recall the work of fiction called “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry” by another far right operative by the name of Jerome Corsi which, when it was published in 2004 took the election by storm. It was an audacious move and it paid off. One can certainly understand why they’d try it again.

1 comment:

  1. Warren Biden 2016April 24, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    When the little boy who cried wolf was eventually confronted with a wolf, the wolf ate him.

    My point? At least the last time the boy cried wolf, there wolf was REAL. There are authentic concerns in " Clinton Cash", despite the author being significantly imperfect.

    Why do messengers get often judged instead of the message?

    One does not need to rely on this book to dislike Hillary Clinton.

    Half the nation believes Hillary is not trustworthy, she represented Monsanto, and authorized George Bush to invade Iraq.

    Speaking of wolves, I will "cry wolf". Hillary is a wolf in democratic sheep skin. Do not let her devour the Democratic before rejecting her candidacy?

    What has she accomplished?

    The mystery is why she is so hated by Republicans.


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