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Friday, December 9, 2016

The publisher of Clinton Cash has reportedly removed “seven or eight” glaring errors from the Kindle version of the controversial new book — which purports to investigate alleged conflicts of interest involving the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the former president’s paid speechmaking career, and the former Secretary of State’s tenure in the Obama administration.

According to both Politico and Media Matters for America, Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins has amended sections of the book —  authored by ex-Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer and subsidized by the Koch brothers, among other right-wing interests — that implicated the Clintons in allegedly shady conduct concerning foundation activities in Haiti and the State Department’s consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the latter case, he had quoted extensively from a report that already had been exposed as an Internet hoax.

Readers and journalists evidently first learned of the eBook corrections from Amazon, which sent an email to purchasers of the book on Tuesday to let them know about the changes. “An updated version of your past Kindle purchase … is now available,” the email message said. “The updated version contains the following changes: Significant revisions have been made.”

In a prepared statement, a HarperCollins spokesperson attempted to minimize the corrections: “This is a routine notification that Amazon sends to previous version purchasers whenever there is an updated file. The changes that Amazon is referring to as significant are actually quite minor. We made 7-8 factual corrections after the first printing and fixed a technical issue regarding the endnotes. This global fix may have made the changes appear more extensive than they were.”

Media Matters posted both original and corrected versions of the sections that were changed; readers may judge for themselves whether those rather extensive corrections, including the removal of entire paragraphs, should be deemed “minor.” At least a dozen additional errors await correction by Schweizer and his publisher.

AFP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

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