During her nearly two-year public speaking tour, Hillary Clinton frequently criticized policy-making in Washington as operating in an “evidence-free zone.” Her point was that data-driven and evidence-driven policy is effective while ideology-driven policy can be questionable, faulty, and often ineffective.
On Facebook on Monday, senior campaign spokesperson Karen Finney shared an article from Politico exposing a deal between the New York Times and Peter Schweizer, author of a soon-to-be published book, Clinton Cash, affording the Times early access to his so-called “research.”
The following day, Brian Fallon, Hillary For America’s national press secretary, issued a memo to friends and allies in which he quoted Think Progress.
Schweizer explains he cannot prove the allegations, leaving that up to investigative journalists and possibly law enforcement.
Schweizer, by his own admission, operates in an evidence-free zone. yet the New York Times over the past two days has forged ahead in its attack on the Clinton Foundation and the unfounded allegations that donations somehow figured into decisions Hillary Clinton made as Secretary of State.
So clearly the New York Times is not at peace with the Clinton Foundation which, as Fallon points out, “is a world-class philanthropy that has helped millions of people around the world tackle issues from HIV/AIDS to children’s health to climate change.” Neither is the publication at peace with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as it is very clear that the foundation alone is not the sole target of these attacks.
It is ironic, indeed mind-boggling that in light of all of the above, the Times teams up with the Daily Beast in sponsoring the Women in the World Summit with which Hillary Clinton has long been associated and at which she regularly appears and speaks.
Indeed, Hillary will be delivering the keynote speech at the event this evening. All of the summit events are being live-streamed here at a site sponsored by the New York Times. Hillary has always been a huge draw and will certainly receive a joyous and celebratory welcome when she takes the stage at the David H. Koch Theater tonight.
By the way, don’t miss Helen Mirren there this afternoon, either! Always a treat!
Meanwhile, the New York Times needs to integrate its shattered personality regarding Hillary, the Clintons, and their admirable foundation.
Hillary with Pussy Riot last year.
Adding here the link to Brian Fallon’s excellent five-point take-down of the Times articles.
Relying largely on research from the conservative author of Clinton Cash, today’s New York Times alleges that donations to the Clinton Foundation coincided with the U.S. government’s 2010 approval of the sale of a company known as Uranium One to the Russian government. Without presenting any direct evidence in support of the claim, the Times story — like the book on which it is based — wrongly suggests that Hillary Clinton’s State Department pushed for the sale’s approval to reward donors who had a financial interest in the deal. Ironically, buried within the story is original reporting that debunks the allegation that then-Secretary Clinton played any role in the review of the sale.
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