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Monday’s revelation of previously unpublished letters between Hillary Clinton and the late, left-wing community organizer Saul Alinsky yielded a collective yawn from the mainstream media, which ignored this important story.

The letters, which were obtained by The Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman, are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky and housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

Goodman was also responsible for uncovering documents from the late Clinton confidante Diane Blair earlier this year at the University of Arkansas special collections archives. They revealed some of the Clintons’ more innermost thoughts during their time in the White House, and resulted in the library suspending Goodman’s privileges.

The letters showed that Clinton (then Hillary Rodham) met with Alinsky several times while writing a college thesis about his theory of community organizing, and continued communicating with him after she entered Yale Law school in 1968.

While interning for the left-wing law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein in Berkeley, California in 1971, Clinton wrote to Alinsky inquiring about the publication of his now infamous Rules for Radicals book.

‘Dear Saul,’ she began. ‘When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?’

The letters also reveal that Clinton and Alinsky shared not only a similar political philosophy, but a fondness for each other as well, which is important to know and understand if Hillary runs for president, as she is widely expected to do.

Hillary has tried to craft a more moderate image over the years, even stating in Living History that she didn’t agree with Alinsky’s anti-establishment tactics. But the letters showed that she was more in agreement with Alinsky than she has acknowledged publicly. And as far as we know, she still may share some of those views.

Instead of the media asking Clinton about her views on Alinsky—given these letters—they have chosen to ignore them, to avoid damaging her chances in 2016. The silence is deafening.

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