Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Scandal that Could Sink Hillary

Here is an interesting article comparing the coverage of Tom DeLay's campaign finance problems and those of Hilary Clinton. Oh, you didn't know Hilary Clinton has some campaign finance problems, perhaps this is why:

There have been no front-page stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald or any other so-called major daily with respect to serious allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton and her Senate election campaign committee.

But a question needs asking: What are the standards used by the press to determine who gets caught in the cross-hairs? And does this standard get applied evenly or does it (like so many in the public believe) vary from target to target?

Consider the contrasting coverage of DeLay with that of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Virtually every detail of alleged DeLay transgressions gets reported and in very great detail. But scant coverage has been given to equally serious allegations against the junior senator from New York.

While tens of thousands of inches (and scores of hours on broadcast and cable TV) have been used up to discuss allegations that DeLay "laundered" about $190,000 from corporate donors in Texas through the Republican National Committee and then back to GOP candidates in Texas races, there's been virtually nothing mentioned about accusations that Hillary Clinton and senior Democrats "laundered" nearly $2 million of improper or illegal gift-giving during the summer of 2000 when she began her run for the Senate.

While campaign finance violations are not particularly sexy in terms of criminal behavior, the AIM report does make a very strong case for media bias in favor of Mrs. Clinton.

The article makes the case quite well that there has been at the very least, a media white-wash or at worst a media cover-up of the Clinton problems, which have been the subject of a criminal and now civil case.

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