Thursday :: Jan 31, 2008


by Turkana

The New York Times editorial page has endorsed Senator Clinton, but the news desk is having none of it. An attempted hit piece is trying to create a scandal out of Bill Clinton's having raised a ton of money for his foundation. The hit piece was co-authored by Don Van Natta, Jr., the co-author, with Jeff Gerth, of the fair and balanced Clinton bio Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gerth also writes for the New York Times. His work, and the Times news desk's fair and balanced coverage of the Clintons, is the highlight of Gene Lyons' Fools for Scandal: How the Media Invented Whitewater. So, you know ahead of time that today's reporting is also likely to be fair and balanced.

The key to the alleged scandal is Bill Clinton's supposedly having helped a Canadian businessman secure a business deal with the genuinely awful government of Kazakhstan, for which the businessman, years later, made enormous donations to the Clinton Foundation. The article does mention that Senator Clinton, herself, has remained steadfastly critical of Kazakhstan's government, but that's not supposed to matter. What's supposed to matter is that Bill Clinton will shamelessly use anyone to raise tons of money for his foundation. Which fights global warming, and AIDS and poverty in the developing world.

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