Accuracy in Media

Senator Hillary Clinton put the blame on President Bush for the recent power outage, even though Vice President Cheney’s energy task force had recommended improvements to the national grid in a report issued more than two years ago. Liberals like Clinton and her colleague Senator Ted Kennedy have been restricting energy production in the name of saving the environment. In fact, John Stossel of ABC’s 20/20 did a revealing commentary on this on July 25, noting that the Kennedys oppose a wind-energy project because it might interfere with their view of the ocean.

Cape Wind Associates wants to build 130 wind turbines offshore, 6.5 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Although the Natural Resources Defense Council, and its attorney, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., support wind power, Stossel said that “Kennedy doesn’t want a wind farm on Nantucket Sound, where his family might see it from their elegant compound in Hyannis Port.” Stossel also noted that former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite doesn’t want the wind farm there, either. He sails on Nantucket Sound with such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The Los Angeles Times has exposed another hypocrite, left-wing California gubernatorial candidate and former conservative Arianna Huffington, who initially achieved prominence when her ex-husband ran for the Senate. He subsequently left her and announced that he is a homosexual. But more embarrassment came when the L.A. Times on August 14th noted that Arianna, “who launched her campaign for governor with criticism of ‘fat cats’ who fail to shoulder a fair share of taxes, paid no individual state income tax and just $771 in federal taxes during the last two years?” The paper said that Huffington lives in an 8,000-square-foot home in Brentwood above Sunset Boulevard that is valued at about $7 million. She avoided high taxes by taking deductions for expenses on a company she uses to promote herself. Some critics might call them loopholes.

Liberal supporters of Huffington were crushed, causing her to issue a statement insisting that she is just a “working woman” who paid other taxes and made charitable contributions. She spent about $6000 on the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, which teaches “Soul Transcendence.”

Huffington’s book, Pigs at the Trough, is about “corporate greed and political corruption” by others. In a recent column, titled “Pulling a Fast One,” she complained that “high-priced accountants are hard at work helping companies avoid billions in taxes by hiding profits in a host of tax sheltering schemes?”

Now we learn that Huffington herself knows a lot about corporations, tax avoidance schemes and high-priced accountants because she made use of them. Her friends on the left include Robert Scheer of the Los Angeles Times and David Corn of The Nation, who admire her apparent transformation into a left-wing activist. But one columnist for The Nation wasn’t taken in. Katha Pollitt had accused Huffington of simply “repackaging” herself. Now the package is off.

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