One of the secrets of big media and their involvement in politics is that many major news outlets, such as the New York Times, have foundations that like to spread money around political campaigns.
If that isn’t shady enough, contributing to politicians your supposedly objective newspaper then endorses and supports with its skewed news coverage, things get really interesting when politicians contribute money in turn to your supposedly charitable foundation.
We don’t usually hear about it, but that’s what Hillary did.
One of the Clintons’ several organizations, the Clinton Family Foundation, gave the New York Times Foundation a little gift of $100,000 in 2008.
That’s the same year the New York Times endorsed her over Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.
Funny how that works.
The Clinton Family Foundation passes out $1 million or so every year, ostensibly to educational and civic causes. Then there’s the New York Times.
The money went to the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which helps poor New Yorkers. Like Hillary, who got the endorsement she needed.
It’s far from the only example of the media mingling in the politics it is supposed to cover. Another recent example was ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who came originally from the Clinton White House and was recently found to have given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which he covered as an ABC anchor.
In fact, the whole big media complex is riddled with people who either were formerly in politics or who are married to people in politics. You can probably guess which party has the most media moles.
President Obama has enjoyed having most of the media in his pocket since before he was even elected, which is why he complains so bitterly about his “unfair” treatment at the hands of conservatives.
Before him, Bill Clinton had likewise enjoyed broad media support.
That makes for some turbulent politics right now because Obama, and particularly his Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett, hate Hillary ever since the whole bin Laden assassination. So while some in the media still support the Clintons, the big media are full of stories about the Clintons’ underhanded dealings, fed to them no doubt by anonymous sources in the White House.
The media occasionally go on a tear about campaign finance reform, but the biggest campaign reform that would instantly improve the system is to get the media and politicians out of each others’ beds.