Clintonstein Meets The Scaife Man

Clintonstein Meets The Scaife ManClintonstein Meets The Scaife Man

Hillary Clinton was interviewed yesterday by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She took the opportunity to continue a pattern of personal attacks on her opponent, Barack Obama:

“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”

What’s interesting about this encounter is not the rough and tumble tenor of modern electioneering. That has sadly become all too familiar in these dog days of democracy. What rattled my antennae was the venue Clinton chose for these remarks.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is owned by billionaire right-winger, Richard Mellon Scaife. Scaife has a place all his own in what Clinton herself tagged the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” He is a principal in, or contributor to, rightist political and media organizations like NewsMax, the Media Research Center, the American Enterprise Institute, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Landmark Legal Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, and the American Spectator.

Just to start…

During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Scaife funded investigations into the Clinton’s public and private lives that was as expansive as it was incredulous. He promoted allegations of sexual infidelities, real estate scams, drug running, even the murder of Clinton aide Vince Foster. Through his newspapers, books and films, he relentlessly sought to destroy the Clinton administration and reputation via smear and innuendo.

Independent Prosecutor Ken Starr, who came to head the official Clinton inquisition, was unable to prove any allegation or to succeed in producing a conviction in the Clinton impeachment. However he was later named the inaugural dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, which was created with an endowment by Scaife.

It would have been bad enough for Hillary Clinton to sit down with the Tribune-Review staff given the facts set forth above. But this meeting was more than an editorial gathering. Amongst the participants was head honcho himself – Richard Mellon Scaife.

How Clinton could sit across the table from the man who has made the most vile accusations against her and her family, I simply cannot fathom. To allow herself to be questioned by him after his smear campaign against her requires a measure of cognitive disconnect that seems superhuman. And what makes this even more bizarrely unthinkable is that she cavorted with her abuser in order to cast abuse at her Democratic rival.

Clinton has previously shown poor judgment in this campaign with regard to the media. She accepts donations from Rupert Murdoch and recently agreed to participate in a Fox News-sponsored debate (which did not take place because Obama declined the invitation). But this transcends any mere deficiency of judgment. What justification is there for submitting yourself to questioning from a man who falsely accused you of murder and other atrocities? Is the need to exploit every media availability so overwhelming that nothing is too repulsive?

If there wasn’t a photograph of it, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Where exactly are the outer limits of her ambition?


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  1. …who could calmly share a table with someone who said the sort of things Scaife said about Clinton? He’d be under the table in a fetal position if it were me.

    • Mu on March 26, 2008 at 04:48

    gad.  Has it infected D’Dharma, too?

    Was the last line (“Where exactly are the outer limits…”) a Hannity quote?  Or Limbaugh?

    Mu . . .


  2. …about Scaif &/or epidemic orange infections…but…

      It seems to me that if there is or has been a vast  

      right wing conspiracy

      against you, and you can’t defeat it, and you still

      have inordinant ambition — you join em!

  3. McLaim

  4. essay is fine. The story isn’t mindless Hillary bashing but of a Democratic candidate using a ‘swift boater’ to attack another Democratic candidate. I am an unabashed Obama supporter and have tried to not get to crazed on this site, mostly I keep it at Orange. There is a huge difference between hatred and opposition. She is not a victim here.  

    There is an election going on and to declare writing about it and what’s going on poo or hatred, only makes it more likely that the outcome will once again be another election which is defined and decided by the status quo machine. I appreciate this and wouldn’t have known about it as there is no way in the surreal media that this is going to be reported.        

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