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Murdoch Empire Colludes With ‘Liberal Media’ To Promote ‘Clinton Cash’

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Murdoch Empire Colludes With ‘Liberal Media’ To Promote ‘Clinton Cash’

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Today’s New York Times reports that the paper of record — along with the Washington Post and Fox News — will follow “story lines” from a forthcoming book to be published by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins imprint titled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. Strange bedfellows, those two “liberal media” outlets and the Murdoch empire — except for the smoldering grudge that both newspapers have nurtured against the Clintons ever since their “Whitewater is Watergate” obsession crashed and burned almost 15 years ago.

Still, the partnership between HarperCollins, Fox News, and the nation’s two leading newspapers amounts to an open declaration of war in a presidential election, and the consummation of an alliance with a totally disreputable “news” conglomerate. This is the journalistic equivalent of the Hitler-Stalin pact — and a very disturbing decision by Times and Post executives.

The Times describes the paper’s agreement with author Peter Schweizer as “exclusive,” although it is hard to see how exclusive it can be if the Post and Fox are chasing the same accusations. The Times article also flatters Schweizer, a Breitbart contributor and former George W. Bush speechwriter, for the book’s “focused reporting.” Since the paper has agreed to promote Clinton Cash with that “exclusive” arrangement, however, it isn’t easy to accept at face value the judgment of the reporter, Amy Chozick, who was assigned to hype it.

Naturally I look forward to reading Clinton Cash, but in the meantime readers may want to consider some of Schweizer’s earlier journalism, including a 2008 work suggestively titled Makers and Takers, in which he claims to have proved the following assertions about red and blue Americans:

“Those who are “very liberal” are 3 times more likely than conservatives to throw things when they get angry.” (But conservatives may be 20 times more likely to pull out a gun and fire.)

“Conservatives are more likely than liberals to hug their children and ‘significantly more likely’ to display positive nurturing emotions.”  (They’re also significantly more likely to insist on their right to beat their children.)

“Conservatives have a better work ethic and are much less likely to call in sick than their liberal counterparts.” (Except in the red states, where so many of them are receiving welfare.)

“Conservatives value truth more than liberals, and are less prone to cheating and lying.”

On that final point, I guess we’ll see…

Photo: AP Photo via Lefteris Pitarakis

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Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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36 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila April 21, 2015

    What we are seeing is evidence of a plutocratic strategy designed to uphold and advance the interests of the elite and U.S. corporations at the expense of the middle class, evidence of a growing disinformation apparatus not seen since the days of the Third Reich, and the fact that the far right has abandoned all pretenses and it is now going full throttle in the pursuit of their goals, almost with absolute impunity.
    The likelihood of a female President, another four and possibly eight years of Democratic control of the White House, and the distinct probability of policy successes that challenge the claims made routinely by the GOP to an audience that seems incapable of thinking, or willing to analyze facts before forming an opinion, terrifies the magnates and ideologues that control the GOP agenda and benefit from its policies, including the so-called “liberal” media, that is anything but liberal. It is a sad day when outstanding newspapers like the Washington Post join an array of media outlets whose rhetoric is nothing short of an embarrassment for our country.

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    1. rustacus21 April 22, 2015

      … exactly & it doesn’t matter who it is, as long as it AIN’T a Woman, another Black or a Hispanic. Enuff of this ‘diversity crap’ already, goes the ‘king’ w/so many gold piecies falling out of his pockets… & the serfs ALL scrambling for them as he walks on by…

  2. The lucky one April 21, 2015

    “a totally disreputable “news” conglomerate” That’s a pretty good description of all mass media today. Any “truth” we may find reported is the work of people like Greg Palast which is nearly never printed by any of the big media. The idea that news media is liberal is absurd but neither is it conservative, it is corporatist. The “news” is skewed to whatever demographic being targeted to maintain and promote corporate dominance of politics. For many years the GOP has been the party of the corporate oligarchy but in recent years any difference between the parties in areas that affect corporate control has disappeared. Hilary says she will fight to get Citizens United overturned, yah sure, just like Bush would get abortion on demand banned. Nothing but catch slogans for the easily duped, unfortunately that is the majority whether they call themselves democrat or republican.

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  3. FT66 April 21, 2015

    This kind of human nature is disgusting. Oh, ya, the email debacle didn’t do anything on Hillary’s Approval Rating, now it is time to try something else. Do these people think voters are stupid? Why didn’t the Author of the book channel his claim to those who are responsible instead he wants to cash in ? Is this cash in on cash in? Absurd. Only republicans are interested on this issue, as they have nothing concrete to talk to people. The rest, are not interested at all on their daily efforts of witch-hunting.

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    1. FireBaron April 21, 2015

      Actually, FT, Murdoch’s loyal minions DO believe people are stupid. How else would Fox News be the top cable news channel?
      Of course, when you look at things, Fox is the ONLY right leaning news network, so naturally the people who believe every word uttered by the Great Bloviator and Glenn Beck will tune into them. The rest of us bounce back and forth between CNN, NPR, and the BIG THREE, while the die-hard Ultraliberals who believe that Elizabeth Warren is an Ayn Rander go to MSNBC.

      1. The lucky one April 21, 2015

        Right leaning, left leaning that only matters on some social issues. In foreign affairs, the economy and the tax structure all the major media are corporatist.

      2. S.J. Jolly April 21, 2015

        “… die-hard Ultraliberals who believe that Elizabeth Warren is an Ayn Rander …” ??? I totally don’t follow that. Elizabeth Warren is considerably to the left of Ayn Rand (who isn’t?) and far more sane.

        1. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

          Elizabeth Warren? Oh I get it, you’re referring to the Massachusetts Forked Tongue of the East, Princess Fauxontas.
          I also hear that the ‘Great State of Massachusetts is searching for a new state slogan. May I suggest “Come to the great state of Assachusetts, we lie more than any other state.”

          1. S.J. Jolly April 22, 2015

            Aren’t you someone who believes that if someone promises something, and can’t deliver, he / she is a liar forever?
            Q: Do you know anyone who ISN”T a liar forever?

          2. ringostarr1 April 22, 2015

            No, they are only liars if they fail to make an honest attempt to deliver on their promise. If someone whether its Ted Cruz or Hillary Clinton makes an outlandish campaign promise merely to garner votes from the weak minded then that candidate is a liar because he or knows before the fact that it won’t come to pass.

          3. ringostarr1 April 22, 2015

            No. I never accused President Obama of being a liar until I caught him lying and he removed all doubt. When did you discover it?

        2. ringostarr1 April 22, 2015

          Elizabeth Warren doesn’t know what’s going on, your own President BHO just announced that Warren was wrong about how to help the Middle Classes.

          1. S.J. Jolly April 22, 2015

            Isn’t President BHO someone you’ve long considered a constant liar?

  4. BOC April 21, 2015

    Let’s focus here one minute. The Koch Brothers, Adelson, Murdoch and the Rove ground troops toiled night and day since 2009 trying to find the missing piece to their failed attempts at completing the political puzzle. They now feel media propaganda is still the latest and greatest answer to solving their problems. Remember, their last few major battles, they used money as the ultimate weapon. They could have had the same effect by just burning it all.

    Keep in mind that high technology, namely the internet, caught them sleeping at the wheel in 2009. Still reeling from the aftereffects four years earlier, they get blindsided once again by the same tactic in 2012.

    Lessons learned was never a conservatives strong suit, more like the opposite, indeed. We see it being played out again using this ‘stale’ proposed approach. It seems they will never come-to-terms with what works and what does not.

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    1. The lucky one April 21, 2015

      And yet politics drifts ever more steadily to the right.

      1. S.J. Jolly April 21, 2015

        US politics hasn’t so much drifted to the right as been pulled there by 40 years and over a billion dollars of right-wing propaganda.

        1. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

          A billion dollars of Right Wing Propaganda, is that all?
          Why Hillary Clinton announced that she alone is budgeting $2,500,000,000 (two and a half Billion dollars) to just getting herself elected President.

          1. S.J. Jolly April 22, 2015

            What candidate, this early in the 2016 election campaign, has that kind of money? $2.5 B would strain Scrooge McDuck.

          2. ringostarr1 April 22, 2015

            I am only telling it like Mrs. Clinton is. If you want her to show you the money just look at the money men that her and her husband have collected since 1992. One of which bought a Presidential Pardon from her husband Bill Clinton.

      2. BOC April 22, 2015

        You’re dreaming, wake -up. You have to have someplace to drift to. A ‘black hole’ is no ones idea of a desirable place for someone to look forward to.

        1. The lucky one April 22, 2015

          While there is nothing particularly deep about my comment yours is completely meaningless.

        2. The lucky one April 22, 2015

          Or did you mean a black hole as in the graves that Bush’s war put so many young men and women into?

    2. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

      I need a program, I keep forgetting if you are posting as BOC, Sand Cat, or Charles Winter, or if you are posting as browninghipower or S.J. Jolly. all 5 of you post almost exactly identical versions of the same tired old lies.

      1. BOC April 22, 2015

        No you don’t need a program, you need someone that thinks the way that you do. But to find that kind you would have to search far and wide. Those others (5) you reference is confirmation that the majority of voters share my views and will exercise the same at the ballot box in 2016.

        The truth never tires, those would be lies that are wearing you down.

  5. David April 21, 2015

    the reason they believe people are stupid is that as a nation we prove it over and over, plus U.S. citizens routinely rank the lowest on tests of knowledge of most 1st world countries. Recently a group of scientists, including Hawkings, announced their opinion that we as a species will disappear in a thousand years, but in my opinion, we as a nation have 50 or 60 years at most.

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  6. browninghipower April 21, 2015

    Holy Time Warp! Here we go again. It’s like the 90s! And the Times and Post just keep falling all over themselves thinking they’ve got another Watergate (yup, I mean Watergate) all over. But it’s another circus sideshow that may consume Fox, all of cable, print, and hate talk radio once again. And you know what? The right wing will win no matter what because the Kochs, Adelson, et al, and the DC Dems (Blue Dogs) and the corporations will continue their march towards complete victory over the Middle Class and the rest of us. Oh joy…I think of the Roman Empire in its waning days of Bread and Circuses…Thanks Joe…We fought this crap before…

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    1. Charles Winter April 21, 2015

      Great post, except that the Republicans are cutting out food stamps for the bread and prohibiting poor people from going to circuses.

      1. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

        You’re so far behind the times that you don’t know that food stamps are passé. A typical mush headed Democrat.

        1. Sand_Cat April 21, 2015

          And you’re a moron.

          1. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

            Prove it More Moronic than me. I smell a Leftist Cat’s S*** Box.

  7. Louis Allen April 21, 2015

    So Joe “The Con Man” Conason will have us believe that The New York Times and The Washington Post are now liberal.
    Oh brother.

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  8. groversyck April 21, 2015

    Murdoch and Fox News (NOT) are nothing but the teatard republican propaganda arm.
    In a recent check by 3 major Universities, Fox was rated 60% deliberately miss leading, knowingly false, or pants on fire lies.

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  9. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

    Oh please. The NY Times and the Washington Post are about as left wing as two newspapers can be this side of advocating the violent overthrow of the United States Government.

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    1. Sand_Cat April 21, 2015

      Only from the perspective of the lunatic right where you sit. You morons would accuse Barry Goldwater of being a “liberal,” just as you did John McCain.

      1. ringostarr1 April 21, 2015

        From your warped and dishonest perspective anyone who is to the right of the Peoples’ Weekly or perhaps the Onion is a Right Reactionary Enemy of the Workers. Your continued denial is proof that Senator Joseph McCarthy was correct about not only The Communist Party USA but about the dangers to a free society posed by left wing people like yourself.

  10. rustacus21 April 22, 2015

    This should 1st off, obliterate any allusions people may have, that there is, in this modern age, a ‘Liberal’ media. 2nd, is this what the Supreme Courts’ conservative majority, had in mind, when ruling to allow unlimited money influence over candidates, policy & elections? I’m just some guy, struggling thru school & don’t know enuff to understand the complexities of campaign & electoral financing, but what happened to the anticipatory arguments by Liberals, that this was inevitable & that Citizens United would guarantee dominance of our political system to this level, by the ultra-wealthy? What was the question, in fact, that Citizens United was suppose to answer? That ‘…the rich had just as much right as the poor to…’ doesn’t go to the root of the issue of ‘whose voice’ & ‘how often’ – not to mention ‘how loud’ the voice becomes over time, isn’t addressed by the ‘so-called’ Liberal media or the verdict in Citizens United – to this level. ‘Liberal’ by definition, trends ‘Progressive.’ Meaning the NY Times & Washington Post (the latter being UNQUESTIONABLY conservative) would carry far more Clinton, Warren, Sanders, Ellison, etc., stories – which it does NOT. The same money pushing conservatives is no different that that ‘hushing’ Liberals – make no mistake on those points…

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