Accuracy in Media

Some of us in the media watchdog business think Americans are anxious to read every last word from The New York Times and The Washington Post. These are important papers that do help shape the national agenda. But many people look to publications like the National Enquirer, the tabloid solidly in the corner of Donald J. Trump, the one that he used to smear Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). On the other hand, the Democratic presidential candidate has US Weekly with millions of readers in her corner. Its May 2 issue featured a cover story on Hillary Clinton, telling America the “fun facts” about the former First Lady, such as that she loves to snack on hot chili peppers, and “I put hot sauce on everything.”

I was forced to read several copies of the weekly celebrity and entertainment magazine while waiting in a doctor’s office with a dead cell phone. It’s a different media world with its own sphere of influence that may eclipse so-called serious papers like the Post and Times.

In this world, Hillary is a celebrity, not a politician. But she’s just like us, an ordinary person. She eats things we eat. She does things we do.

I don’t know for sure who reads US Weekly on a regular basis, but the publication claims to have millions of subscribers and reaches through its various platforms a total of 50 million “young, high income consumers with the most timely and current entertainment news, style, beauty and fitness/nutrition content…”

As we see with the Hillary Clinton cover story, a big dose of political bias is also thrown in occasionally. This is a reflection of owner Jann Wenner’s preferences for the policies of the Democratic Party. He is a major donor to the Democratic Party and used another of his publications, Rolling Stone, to endorse Barack Obama in 2008. Rolling Stone ran a Paul Krugman article in 2014 declaring Obama one of America’s most successful presidents. Obamacare, Krugman declared at the time, was “working better than even the optimists expected.”

These days, of course, even liberal publications are warning that the so-called Affordable Health Care Act is on the verge of complete failure and disaster because of higher costs.

The US Weekly issue with Mrs. Clinton on the cover was an obvious attempt by the magazine, acting in concert with the campaign, to “humanize” the candidate and counteract charges that she is a liar with health problems and not fit to be president.

The “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” cover story had nothing about emails or Benghazi. Instead, written from her own perspective, she informs us, “Bill Clinton proposed to me twice before I said yes.” Nothing was said about his womanizing or impeachment. It was if they are still a happily married couple. There was no talk of a lousy marriage in the pages of US Weekly.

The inside story featured a flattering picture of Mrs. Clinton waving, with the notation that readers can “Find out more about her campaign at hillaryclinton.com.”

Another revelation from Hillary was, “I do yoga. Not enough.” Plus, “Chocolate is my weakness…as are Goldfish,” a reference to the snack.

You get the idea: she’s just an ordinary person with needs and feelings like everybody else. She’s not some power-hungry politician with a radical left agenda. She’s one of us.

We may laugh at such coverage, but the owner has to figure that his mostly young readers can be easily fooled into accepting such an extreme make-over of one of the most dishonest candidates ever to run for the highest office in the land.

Number 18 in the list of 25 things we don’t know about Hillary is that when President Obama asked her to serve as his secretary of state, she joined the administration: “Because when your president asks you to serve, you say yes.” This is one patriotic lady devoted to public service. She is truly for the public interest, the common good.

The US Weekly website is similar to the magazine. Included with the latest celebrity news is an item on how Mrs. Clinton opened a jar of pickles and had her pulse taken on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show to prove she’s healthy, while Stephen Colbert did a bit comparing Donald J. Trump to disgraced American swimmer Ryan Lochte.

In addition to the US Weekly puff-piece on Hillary, owner Jann Wenner endorsed Mrs. Clinton in Rolling Stone magazine in March, saying that she “is one of the most qualified candidates for the presidency in modern times…” Attempting to refute charges that she is a liar, he added, “I keep hearing questions surface about her honesty and trustworthiness, but where is the basis in reality or in facts? This is the lingering haze of coordinated GOP smear campaigns against the Clintons—and President Obama—all of which have come up empty, including the Benghazi/e-mail whirlwind, which after seven GOP-led congressional investigations has turned up zilch.”

Zilch has now been surpassed by several more email controversies, to the point where Tuesday’s New York Times is running a story headlined, “New Clinton Emails Raise Shadow Over Her Campaign.”

The paper reported that “…thousands of emails that Mrs. Clinton did not voluntarily turn over to the State Department last year could be released just weeks before the election in November.”

Some of them may be as hot as her hot sauce. Kimmel should be prepared to check her pulse at that point.




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Comments

  • jsa

    Get rid of her.

  • Nancianne

    If by qualified you mean the Most Dishonest than you got that right !!!

  • Assassin

    An absolutely horrible person. Just ask the Secret Service people that were assigned to her.

  • sox83cubs84

    Hitlery is a HUMAN? You coulda fooled me!

  • John_209

    I heard Hitler liked chocolate cookies.

  • Cliff should revisit the Enquirer about the John Edwards story and then ask Ted Cruz why he didn’t sue the Enquirer,like Hulkster did with Gawker ? I think Ted wanted that story to go away. Why else would he not sue if it was such a damaging insult to his wife and his campaign ? He didn’t think it was worth it ? No, that doesn’t make sense, but it does make as much sense as calling editorial opinions from WaPo and NY Times unbiased and reliable. Now I am not saying you personally are,but I didn’t see the Edwards story come from these “noteworthy” papers of ha-ha Record

  • I Glow

    She’s like all progs, she lost her humanity when she reduced herself to a bundle of vapid cliches. She’s not a human, she’s a bumper sticker with legs (and big ones!).

  • Frank de Varona

    This shows the bias of the socialistic media that does such a great disservice to the millions young adults who read such horrible magazines and nothing else. If Hillary gets elected it would be this group who will suffer the most with a no growth economy, high unemployment, high inflation and America will continue to be a superpower in complete retreat.

  • Steven Barrett

    This afternoon she just exposed a lot more “horrible” persons than just one single person, herself: Let’s see there was Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon and David Duke and of Duke’s KKK boyos for starters. I caught her speech today just after Trump embarrassed himself talking about all the wonderful things he was going to do for minorities to a very white audience in what has to be the whitest states in New England: New Hampshire. Ayuh. Really representative. This is the same Donald Trump who openly selected Bannon to be one of his two top honchos, the godfather or top guru of the “alt-right.” Let’s get something clear, and I know Mrs. Clinton was using the term “alt” to refer to the new kind of radical righties by their more identifiable term. On the other hand, the word “alt” could also be easily applied to another kind of “alt” way of “conservative” leanings that have long been outlawed in the old Third Reich nations of Germany and Austria. No small wonder the German and Austrian governments take special pains to make sure those guys know their place and stay there.

  • Bud Downen

    Hillary is nothing but a PATHOLOGICAL LYING BITCH WHO IS DRUNK WITH POWER AND WANTS TO TAKE AMERICA TO A TOTALITARIAN SYSTEM WITH BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER TAXES AND KEEP SPENDING THIS COUNTRY INTO DEEPER DEBT! WAKE UP AMERICA IF THIS BITCH GETS ELECTED WE R DOOMED TO NEVER RECOVER AND BECOME A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!

  • Richard Frick

    Killery is only concerned about herself and she will dump all of those supporters for a nickel in graft. A totally worthless pig that you wounding even roast as she is tainted to the core and bone marrow.

  • agie

    Yes, cussing them out, Calling them shiet kickers, the f-ing word flying around, they had to hide behind a curtain or jump into a closet if she was walking past, she did not want to see anyone or say “Good Morning” to her.
    She sound like a lovely lady. NOT!
    This old lying hag has no class on top of everything else.

  • agie

    She didn’t lose it, because she never had any.
    She was always a liar, and a despicable hag

  • IronChefSandwiches

    You poor thing. You should move. Maybe China? You’d love it there. LOLOL loser.

  • Jack Parsons

    Ross Perot’s legacy is that he enabled a horny hillbilly with a law degree to win the presidency with 42% of the vote, putting the U.S. in a 20 year BushClinton corporate-globalist sinkhole that perhaps Trump can extract us from. Let’s face it – Crooked Hillary is a talentless hick hack, who, without Bill the Serial Rapist”s coattails, would still be working at a third rate law firm in the Ozarks, getting child rapists off on technicalities.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Today, Kincaid proved to all just what a total coward he is. His latest “article” is headlined, “Does Hilary hate White People”. So? He turned off the comments section. So, not only is he a liar, he’s a coward, too. Disgusting.

  • Steven Barrett

    Name calling. How “mature” you are, or have fooled yourself into believing yourself to be by calling Mrs. Clinton a “totally worthless pig.” Really now.

  • Steven Barrett

    If the Chinese ever got the impression it was official American policy to unload all the Bud Downens, RIchard Fricks, e/a, no doubt their foreign ministry would be busy at work calling such dumping causus belli for hostilities.