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Sunday, April 26, 2015

‘Clinton Cash’ ...Still Fizzling! Fox News and ABC News

Fox News is not often run on the TPI, but when a network host comes across as a true journalist (even for a moment), it is a worthwhile read.
Yesterday, I published this piece.   It seems the timing was darn near perfect. he author of "Clinton Cash" is on the Sunday morning rounds and his fox News visit has proven typical.

Fox News Sunday....

Chris Wallace confronts ‘Clinton Cash’ author: ‘You don’t have a single piece of evidence’

"I am a journalist... I don't have access......."  Yet, he wrote a book!

ABC News This Week....
The author of a forthcoming book on Hillary Clinton and foreign donations made to her family's foundation defended the accuracy of his research, saying in an interview on ABC's "This Week" today that while he found "no direct evidence" she took official action at the State Department to benefit donors to her family's foundation, the "smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior."
Peter Schweizer's book, "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," highlights instances in which domestic and foreign companies with pending interests before the State Department made large donations to the Clinton's charitable enterprises or, in some cases, helped underwrite the former president's speeches.
Read more linked above

Now for the back story. 

The author of the book about allegations Hillary Clinton's State Department gave preferential treatment to a Canadian Uranium company deal with a Russian company visited with Chris Wallace. The Canadian company has operations in the United States; the sale has resulted in Russian control of a group of US mines. 

Follow this excerpt and think how convenient to be able to fall back on Hillary Clinton's deleted email.  

During an interview on Fox News Sunday about his book, "Clinton Cash," Schweizer suggested that Hillary Clinton approved a deal that eventually allowed the Russian government to control some U.S. uranium mines. 

But Wallace noted that the deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a panel of nine different federal agencies. 
"It's not just the State Department," Wallace explained. "It's nine separate agencies... There is no hard evidence -- and you don't cite any in the book -- that Hillary Clinton took direct action, was involved in any way in approving, as one nine agencies, the sale of the company." 
Schweizer argued that "any one of those agencies had veto power so she could have stopped the deal." 
"You don't have a single piece of evidence that she was involved in this deal, that she sent a memo to the State Department person that was on this committee and said, 'Hey, we want to approve the uranium sale,'" Wallace pressed. 
"I am a journalist," Schweizer insisted. "I don't have access to government records. I certainly don't have access to her emails, which it doesn't seem like anybody does. But the fundamental question is, with this deal and with the others we cite in the book, is it coincidence in a pattern that we see repeated dozens of times where large Clinton supporters have business before the State Department, they make large payments and favorable actions are taken?"
How opportunist and timely  a piece of published work?  While I am certainly no reader of Breitbart News, the meanderings of the author appears straight out of Breitbart's front page.   
There is not way better to shine a light on Schweizer's "Clinton Cash", than to visit with another Fox News entertainer for a one minute prompter read bout the "decline of US journalism" I am very reticent to use the clip as Bill O'Reilly's days as a true journalist ended many years ago. He is Fox News's chief demagogue and entertainer. A midst swirls of allegations of false reporting, he not long ago came out with this.....

Words to bemoan the decline of journalism perpetrated in major way by the owner of Fox News.  And, you don't have to look far beyond US borders for evidence of Ruppert Murdoch's influence on Journalism Circa 1990s and to date.

 Meanwhile, let's watch ‘Clinton Cash' to see if it catches fire or fizzles like the vast majority of far right wing dogma.

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