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The title would be surreal if not for the media trying to equate the very real, very damning Chicago scandal with the ones they made up about the Clintons.

On the plus side, as miq2xu remarked

OTOH it is nice to see some old school Clinton haters admitting that the scandalfest of the nineties was bogus.

Still, comparing those with the Chicago mud is no exoneration, so I’ll try to educate the public here:

As commoner Bill Clinton inruded in their ivory towers, the establishment and their media started the all out war on him.

Not unlike this year reporters invading Alaska while Chicago’s festering Blagobamarama remained ignored, reporters from all papers stationed themselves in Arkansas in the 90s looking for the Clintons enemies.

It’s how Jeff Gerth of the still Clinton obsessed New York Times landed in Arkansas and started swaping documents with Sheffield Nelson – a Clinton opponent (Hunting of the President page 33)

The story about the “financial dealings” was murky enough to have Gerth apologetic – but only privately to people he accused. Mostly, it was Savings and Loans matters – now federal domain after the Bush bailout that Gerth was trying to pin on Clinton. (Hunting of the President p 35)

Enter L. Jean Lewis – investigator from Resolutions trust Corporation – temporary agency set up by Poppy to cover up his son S&L fraud. (p37)

She was a conservative referring to Bill Clinton in private conversation as ‘lying bastard” who initially had a different priority list of investigation for Arkansas. That all changed after Gerth’s article.

So, Whitewater becames the BIG Story. Witnesses incarcerated, the press is happily jumping on.

Eventually, the Pillsbury report fully exonerates the Clintons. Bill Clinton speaks of it at a press conference – NO ONE takes notes.

You’re not going to cover any of this, are you?

Silence followed

More on this from the Daily Howler

According to The Hunting of the President, major newspapers “with an investment in Whitewater” buried the evidence contained in the report. Last Friday, we quoted Conason and Lyons’ account of the way the New York Times misreported its contents, for example. It is only one of many descriptions of press misconduct found in the authors’ new text.

So, please, don’t tell me that Blagobamarama is like Whitewater.

Blagobamarama was not initiated by the media. The media trumpets daily and loudly that Obama is not named in the complaint. If you want a comparison, look at Abramoff, Harken, Enron. or Tamany Hall.

As Blagobamarama rages on, here are some unusual reactions:

McCain Scolds the GOP for whacking Obama

In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal.

I have to admit, I was following the unfolding of the scandal itself and the attempts of cover uo by the Obama media and missed the RNC opinions on this – maybe because they were not reflected all that much in the media?

McCain replied: β€œI think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody β€” right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”

In a less surprising move, NYT found a culprit for the scandal: Bill Clinton! Of course, NY Times must know that political poison, just as teflon are manufactured substances – media manufactured. Anyway, the perenial Clinton enemy, the NY Times decided that whatever was wrong with the Obama response to the scandal was…Clinton’s faild.


Even though Mr. Obama had no known personal involvement, the Clinton veterans understood that was only part of the issue. They had Mr. Obama publicly declare he had never spoken with Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich about the Senate appointment. They imposed a cone of silence on colleagues so they would not make a remark that could come back to haunt them. And they ordered an internal inquiry to document any contacts with the governor’s advisers.

What those two incidents have in common? They are both attempts to cover for Obama. From real scandals. Something never happened 16 years ago when imaginary scandals were invented. But something we had became accoustomed to in the past 8 years. Raise your hand if you remember what Harken was? Enron? Abramoff?

Raise your hand if you know that Whitewater was a hoax and the Clintons fully exonerated from any wrongdoing.


Oh, and on the same ironical theme

Bush was cool under fire and prevented an even bigger incident by waving off his lead Secret Service agent, who was prepared to extract him from the room.

The Obama fawning Politico is equally Bush fawning (how can that be) in their recount of the Iraqi shoes incident

“under fire”


His words, not quoted much lately:

“This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog,” the man said, according to a pool translation.

Seconds later, the journalist hurled his other shoe with similar precision as another Iraqi journalist reached over in an attempt to stop him.

“This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,” he said, according to the translation.

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008