Legacy media asks tough questions in latest Clinton scandal

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Some call them the mainstream media, some call them the legacy media. Many on the right side of the aisle have called them liberal water carriers extraordinaire. Whatever one chooses to call them, a number of established media sources are asking some very hard questions in the days before the much anticipated release of Peter Schweizer’s much ballyhooed corruption tell-all book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon (WFB) on April 24, 2015, a number of news outlets that conservatives have long complained of both looking the other way when it came time to ask hard questions of liberal politicians, as well as tossing softballs when they finally did query, are now in the sudden habit of doing neither. In a video mash-up compiled by the WFB, news outlets ranging from The New York Times to MSNBC are not exactly playing patty cake with the Famiglia Clinton.

Taking things from bad to worse for the presumptive Democratic Party’s nominee for president, Hillary Clinton is the focus of attention in a recently published New York Times exposé in which The Times broke down how millions of dollars from Canadian stakeholders in American mined uranium mysteriously ended up in the coffers of The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Raising eyebrows, while Clinton was at the helm at the State Department she approved a deal for the same uranium company to eventually end up in Russian control. The Russians have long been known to be the main suppliers of uranium for the Iranian nuclear program.

As The Times editorial board opined, her probable presidential campaign is being “overshadowed by questions about the interplay of politics and wealthy foreign donors who support the Clinton Foundation.” The same editorial honchos concluded, “The problem is not going away.”

WFB reporter David Rutz noted in his report that ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir called the controversy a “firestorm” as well as concluding “these questions aren’t going away.” Currently pinch hitting Brian Williams, NBC’s Lester Holt reported on Clinton campaigning “amid a slew of negative headlines.”

At the Peacock Network’s sister station, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski “grew frustrated Thursday with Howard Dean’s attacks on Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, saying ‘the facts are the facts,'” regardless of Schweizer’s supposed right-wing political leanings. Brzezinski called the allegations “more than legitimate questions.” On the same program, MSNBC personality Donny Deutsch “expressed disgust with Clinton by saying people were ‘ready to turn the page’ on her with each new corruption charge.”

Possibly summing up the brewing scandal best would be The Daily Beast‘s Jackie Kucinich who “mocked the idea of dismissing the book because of Schweizer being a conservative, given that outlets like Newsweek and the New York Times are reporting off it. Schweizer also is planning a book on Jeb Bush’s finances, putting to rest the idea he’s simply a partisan.” “It’s not going to get any better,” Kucinich said of the allegations of pay-for-play by the Clintons. “There need to be answers for this,” she concluded flatly.

But Team Clinton still has some stalwart supporters in the Fourth Estate. As reported by CNN on April 21, 2015, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon slammed The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox News of actively conspiring against his boss. As he said of Schweizer’s book in conjunction with the previously cited news organizations receiving advanced copies, Clinton Cash is “being used to aid this coordinated attack strategy, twisting previously known facts into absurd conspiracy theories.”

A usually reliable ally of the Clinton’s, The Daily Beast’s special correspondent Michael Tomasky penned a supposed hard news article on April 22, 2015, entitled “The Clintons Still Aren’t Corrupt” in which he not too subtly accused The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox News of being in cahoots to smear the Democratic Party’s dream team. As Tomasky wrote, “The New York Times and The Washington Post’s reducing themselves into effectively collaborating with Fox News to trumpet Peter Schweizer’s book, Clinton Cash.”