Journalists are cynical grouches who like dragging people down, suggests author and former Fox News Watch panelist Gabler. The rich and famous are inviting targets, especially if journos sniff a scandal. Take Hillary Clinton and Tom Brady, who in Gabler’s view "have been victims of the media’s strong predisposition to presume guilt, whether there is evidence for it or not."
Complaints from liberal pundits about media bias against Hillary Clinton have snowballed during the past few days. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman had the most high-profile effort, which contrasted “the impression that [Donald Trump is] being graded on a curve” with “the presumption that anything [Hillary] does must be corrupt,” and some of the others have taken aim at Krugman’s newspaper for its Hillary-hounding. For example, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo sniped semi-sarcastically that the Times “appears to be revisiting its 'whitewater' [sic] glory days with its increasingly parodic coverage” of the Clinton Foundation and accused the paper of having “a decades' long history of being [led] around by rightwing opposition researchers into dead ends which amount to journalistic comedy…especially when it comes to the Clintons.”
For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton conducted a press gaggle on Tuesday afternoon and while it was brief, Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein received the first question and made the Clinton team proud by lobbing softballs to Clinton about fears she’s “held to a different standard” than Donald Trump and if she’s worried that Republicans will be “continuing to dig into you” if she wins the election.
A huge story broke by Politico early Thursday morning exposes how Bill Clinton exploited a federal program for former president to grease the wheels of the Clinton Foundation. “Bill Clinton's staff used a decades-old federal government program … to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server,” Politico reported. As shocking as the new revelation is, the “Big Three” networks gave the incendiary story a wide berth during their evening broadcasts.
The mainstream media’s campaign coverage is perverse, believes Laurence Lewis. The MSM should be explaining that Donald Trump is “the least fit nominee for president in living memory, if not all of American history,” but instead they’re attacking Hillary Clinton. In a piece pegged to the uproar over the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play story, Lewis complained, "The Clinton critics just can't comprehend that some people do good deeds just for the sake of doing good deeds…This latest effort of the Clinton Conspiracy Complex is without question the most cruel and cynical yet.”
On Monday morning, NBC News and Today kept their viewers in the dark on new details from e-mails of Clinton aides that showed the head of the Rockefeller Foundation sought preferential seating at a luncheon held by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department after the organization had given between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
During this week's episode of Political Gabfest – a “political-commentary podcast” produced by the far-left culture magazine Salon -- a pro-Hillary guest surprisingly unleashed a several-minute-long criticism of the Clinton Foundation and its “performance” regarding public charities. Adam Davidson, a contributing writer at The New Yorker magazine, stated that “there is a real creepy vibe to me” at the Foundation and asserted that the organization is “all about buying access” to Bill and Hillary Clinton by powerful people.
Hold on; we may finally be getting some fireworks in this lackluster presidential campaign -- as the Clinton Foundation scandal seems to be gathering steam. Could the Clintons finally have to face the music for their adult-lifetime of corruption? Is it possible that Hillary Clinton's lifelong scheme to be America's first female president could be derailed by this power couple's wanton venality?
Hillary Clinton joined the cast of characters on MSNBC’s Morning Joe late in Friday’s show and co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski questioned her somewhat fairly about the Clinton Foundation and had facial expressions that embodied the lack of trust the American people have in her, but they backed off at some points in hailing her “remarkable” Thursday afternoon speech that could be seen as a “turning point” in the presidential election and politics as a whole.
In her latest attempt on Thursday afternoon to dodge questions from her press corps in extending her streak of days without a press conference to 264 days, Hillary Clinton tried some chocolate from a local store after blasting Donald Trump and the despicable alt-right movement and implored the employees to feed the assembled press because they’re “so wonderful, so cooperative, [and] so hardworking.”
The panic on the faces of Clinton Foundation defenders grew more palpable on Wednesday night as the questions surrounding donors having meetings with Hillary Clinton’s State Department remained a part of the news cycle, so it was up to liberal journalists like Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews to defend and deflect these concerns as merely “political” ploys by Republicans.
After all three network morning shows promoted the Clinton campaign’s attempt to discredit criticism of the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday, on Thursday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning kept providing the Democratic nominee with a megaphone to defend the family charity and dismiss accusations of corruption.