Accuracy in Media

The Clinton family’s history of pay-for-play while Hillary was secretary of state is blatant, willful, and indisputable. The latest chapter in the Clintons’ quid pro quo scheme was brought to light by the Associated Press. But many in the media have quickly moved past this story, even insisting that the AP was cherry-picking their data to make Mrs. Clinton look bad. Some news organizations, such as CNN, reported the latest revelations as being pounced on by the Trump campaign—rather than the product of excellent investigative reporting by the AP, a solid, member-in-good-standing of the liberal media establishment that apparently stepped out of line, just a little bit.

The media also have dwelled on, and repeatedly mentioned, the story that Trump might be waffling on his immigration policy. Where is the similar passion given to a legitimate story of Clinton corruption?

“Clinton critics have not proven that Clinton or the State Department materially granted any favors to possible donors, but the report and other emerging information is reigniting the firestorm over the foundation,” writes Theodore Schleifer in, “Trump, RNC Seize on new report to attack Clinton Foundation” for CNN. “Trump’s campaign and Republicans have sought to cast suspicion over Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state and argued that foreign donors’ contributions to the foundation created inevitable conflict-of-interest questions,” he continues.

Other media organizations, such as US News & World Report, did stories that limited their reporting largely to repeating the Clinton campaign’s defensive arguments. This is all part of the mainstream media’s plan to sow division by, essentially, getting viewers to judge new information by asking themselves whether they are on the side of Trump or Clinton. But the merits of the AP story outweigh Trump’s actions; it serves as one more indisputable example of how the Clintons put a price tag on access to and favors from the State Department.

“More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money—either personally or through companies or groups—to the Clinton Foundation,” opens the AP article. “At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press.”

The donors contributed up to $156 million to the Clinton Foundation, reports the AP. Some government representatives who met with Mrs. Clinton came from 16 countries that had donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity. The Clinton Foundation, the Federalist has reported, only spent approximately 10 percent of its 2013 budget on charitable grants.

The Washington Examiner also documented back in 2014 the money flowing to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation while his wife was secretary of state.

“According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton’s proposed speeches did not object to a single one,” reported the Examiner in 2014. The Obama administration’s State Department simply rubber-stamped them.

The AP story “just plain looks bad,” writes Chris Cillizza for The Washington Post. “Really bad.” He writes that, as with Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails, the Clinton campaign response boils down to “trust us”—even though polling shows that Mrs. Clinton isn’t considered trustworthy at all.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper deserves credit for some tough questions that he asked of Hillary on Wednesday evening. He asked her to explain why the foundation would stop taking foreign donations if she becomes president, but didn’t stop while she was secretary of state. She dodged the question, saying that if she becomes president there would be “unique circumstances,” and when pressed how that was different—why there weren’t “unique circumstances” when she was secretary of state—she answered, “I know there’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire.” But she never explained the difference.

When Cooper cited former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s repudiation of Mrs. Clinton’s claim that Powell had advised her at the start of her term as secretary to use a personal email account, she again didn’t answer the question, but instead said, “I’m not going to relitigate in public my private conversations with him.” She then added, “I want people to know that the decision to have a single e-mail account was mine. I take responsibility for it. I’ve apologized for it. I would certainly do differently if I could.” But that’s not the issue. The issue was knowingly sending and receiving classified—including Top Secret—information on her private, unsecured server. If she apologized for that, she would have to face a jury of her peers, so she’ll just keep lying instead.

The reason Mrs. Clinton is considered untrustworthy is, in part, because of her foundation’s shady dealings and quid pro quo. Another reason is that she just can’t stop lying about her emails, or Benghazi, or anything that might embarrass her as a candidate.

“And while nothing in the AP story is proof of any wrongdoing, it is proof of bad judgment,” writes Cillizza. The Clintons’ blatant pay-for-play scheme may have no smoking gun. However, many people have been jailed for less than what has been described here.

But let’s not forget the Laureate Education deal, where, as we’ve cited, “More than $16 million was paid to Bill Clinton through a shell corporation after which more than $55 million American taxpayer dollars flowed out of Hillary Clinton’s State Department to a non-profit run by Laureate CEO Douglas Becker.”

“Bill Clinton resigned from his position as ‘honorary chancellor’ of Laureate in April of 2015, right after the disclosure of the information from Clinton Cash was made public,” we wrote, and asked why Trump University was garnering so much more coverage than the Laureate Education scandal.

While the Clinton campaign and their allies in the media maintain that the AP cherry-picked its information, examples of quid pro quo by the Clintons extend to Russia’s Skolkovo project and the Uranium One deal, to name two more. The AP has pushed back on its critics, pointing out that they stand by their story, and that this was reported by the same team of investigative reporters who broke the story that led to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s departure.

“The idea that this many people on the private citizen side as opposed to all officials were connected to the foundation and meeting with her at the State Department smells bad,” said Chris Cuomo on CNN. “You say nefarious. I’m not saying it’s illegal. I’m not saying it’s a felony. That shouldn’t be the bar for wrongdoing either. It seems wrong and inappropriate. Isn’t that enough to draw criticism?”

The relationship between the Clinton Foundation and her State Department is proving to be a significant problem for Hillary Clinton—but it will only become and stay an election issue if the media allow it to do so. Questions about Hillary’s corruption will only take center stage if the news media stop disingenuously casting real investigative reporting as part of Trump’s reaction rather than discussing the facts uncovered.




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Comments

  • Austinniceguy

    They are as corrupt as any career politicians in the history of the world and the media will do whatever they can to defend them. The media finds it comfortable to excoriate foreign governments for their corruption but can’t be bothered to look in their own backyard. I sincerely hope that the upcoming scandals are enough to finally turn the world against these crooks.

  • mioahu

    That’s because most media are flaming libs and don’t report on any stories if it sheds bad light on their darlings. They report any little stupid story about conservatives, but no story about their libs is big enough. If the media in the US wouldn’t be so blatantly leaning left,and the teachers in our schools and colleges would not indoctrinate our youth with their leftist ideology, we would not elect any leftists liberals because the american people would know the truth about their failing and inconsistent ideology, which ruined every country that tried it. But the media and most educators are a bunch of opinion peddlers, from the mainstream media to the late night shows to Hollywood to colleges and they should be ashamed to call themselves reporters or teachers, they are indoctrinators.

  • Austinniceguy

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  • Bertharina Rina

    SUPREME COURT SATAN’S FOOT-STOOL

    Obviously, an appointment to the bench is the highest level of political banditry
    that any well entrenched hood could possibly climb. There is no greater crime than to be controlled by the insiders, of whom sell their individual souls to a universal network of pseudo-religious intellectual rustlers, and stool-pigeons in examining its past and present with its a crewed intellectual perversion, and laughable ploy as a front for state social engineering under the influence of liberalism with its nine-man gag-rule via a nine vote travesty of justice set up. One man is a plant that can literally hog-tie three hundred million citizens to what ever the communist party determines the best interest of universal Bolshevism. This gang should be put out of business permanently.
    No doubt it. This machine is a legalized operation of high-handed scoundrels, collectively, of wearing black-robes in practicing political priest craft
    in the name of a run-of-the-mill overrated sycophants and as useless as tits on a boar-hog. This collection or, concoction of miscreants, rustles law-books to twist liberal rot to fit the gerrymandering of collective political idolatry as a sideline, in legally cementing incipient socialism amidst the minds and souls of every patriotic being, that are allured into its net of so-called Supreme Court harlotry with a gobble der gook perverted intellectual fraudulence geared to wire-pullers as operatives and servants sub servant to an invisible syndicate of international finance. The supreme Court is fraudulent and a threat to our republic. This operation is only a watering-hole for self-opinionated hustlers ever drowning in their own muck and mire, as puppets in the hands of a universal Military/religious priesthood oligarchy.
    Organized political syphilis eats the brains of intellectual striplings as anti-social
    gangrene eats the guts of out of misled intemperate fools as agents of Marxism.
    America has been been betrayed. the whole state has become a graveyard of corrupt legal petty fogging. One or two more appointments to the state-court bench via Prime minister Netanyahu through political fraudulence via the Presidency will install America as only an appendage to Israel. Under the Eisenhower roost Nikita Khrushchev stood before congress pounding the podium with his shoe: Communism will take America without firing a shot. Later, Eisenhower, suffering from dementia, warned congress about protecting communism world wide. Close down the illicit Federal Reserve and exit APAX from our shores and arrest the criminal element behind NATO’s imperialism. Tell communist inspired United Nations nest its global intentions in establishing universal Bolshevism to go straight to hell. One can fool the national populace most of the time, but it is clear that professional trained communist revolutionaries have command over Washington,D.C.
    Political twiddle dE links first took place when Sec. 6, Art, 6 of the Constitution on treaties was grandfathered into as legal protocol by subtle snake-oil peddlers of alien financial moguls. The bank of England was a master at arms treading back to the Temple in ancient Palestine. In an alliance with the Wall Street monsters this gang of rogues are wired to the Reserve. The trick here is to
    baffle the regulators, invisible hand, in allotting part and parcel of liquid with and stable resources through a global network of financial elites working with a hand-picked gang on the Supreme Court. This court respectfully is a bully at playing off various social combinations through the art racial bootlegging. Basically, this is a make-up of quart-a-day shysters. In a nutshell, we drag in the state Sept. John Kerry is a plant. A well-wired individual and a thoroughbred lineage of the mental cripples of whom are pulling out all stops that are in line to discourage incipient Bolshevism and its prolonged method to destroy Western civilization.
    The West and the East–Obama vs Putin know the tricks and trade of Universal communism. Presently, Putin is taking a stand. The CIA has book-marked various nations in Asia, Africa, and the middle East. Troops and armor is to guard these countries when the fiat currency is curtailed as useless. The arising police state within America follows the identical response when the great depression is beginning to take place in America. The state of Israel in the hands of a mad-man, Netanyahu, who is seeking WW111 to save his hide. When the NATO gang makes a move to imperialize helpless alien nations through pre-planted troops, then China and Russia will move in. Iran has become an international sore eye as the universal communist industry treads a path to self-destruct in attacking iran. Naturally, Syria will be the next in line. Obama has fallen back on his promise to Netanyahu in invading further into Arabia. All of the mess is because we have a pack of pro=communist bastards ruling America. Intellectual and sexual perversion is the ground work in betraying our republic and nation. America is facing a coup. In dwelling Marxists seem to be losing ground. In 1950 General MacArthur was adjoined with an awaiting coup when stepping from an aircraft in returning from the Far East. Thinks did not go well as planned. America has rolled over into one massive metropolitan sewer. The Left and right parties stand on tremulous ground. We harbor an great eagle that has lost its nest, and let turkeys in power of whom do nothing but goggle de gook with no place to hide their dirty-work as political cannibals.?
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  • larry

    the entire (sic) clinton family is comprised of pathological lying whores, every spineless, unethical, self serving one of them,,,