What Happened? Hillary’s book gets torched by the media.

Hillary's book
The press has been going after Hillary since 1992. Here she is defending herself during the Whitewater witch-hunt.

Hillary’s book is on sale. As expected, there are critics galore tearing her and the book apart.

In a nutshell, from our perspective here’s what happened in 2016:

While political pundits and the mainstream media were cowering in the back of the bus and kissing Donald Trump’s immense ass (i.e. ego), their real prey was a familiar one: Hillary Clinton.

The media has been trashing Hillary from the day she first set foot in the White House as First Lady. Anyone who has followed her career could have predicted that when she ran for president, starting with the 2008 primaries, the media’s gang rape would start anew.

If there was one reason I didn’t want her to run again in 2016, it was the spectacle of seeing her mercilessly attacked in the press while her opponent was given a pass despite his crude, dangerous, and misogynist behavior.

Do we really think that Hillary’s use of a private email server deserved the attention it got, while Trump’s “vagina groping” and psychopathic behavior was barely mentioned?

Along with the Russians, the FBI director, Sanders, and terrible advice from her campaign staff, Hillary can thank the media for helping Trump get elected.

Now that Hillary’s book, What Happened, is on bookshelves the media is doing what it always has done: reshaping facts and events to suit their bias against her. Nevermind that Hillary’s book is meant to portray her perspective on the campaign. Even as I write this, dozens of journalists are out there writing their own versions of what Hillary really thought, said, and did during the campaign.

Here are links to some current news stories and opinion pieces about Hillary and What Happened. I’ve tried to include a few positive, less prejudicial stories about her. No doubt you’ll find one or two that align with your own political prejudices.

Hillary Clinton just accused Trump associates of collusion with Russia
Washington Post

‘What Happened’? They Lost. With Her Memoir, Hillary Clinton Joins a Haunted Club – New York Times

Sarah Sanders on Clinton book: ‘Sad’ – CNN

What Kind of History Did Hillary Clinton Make? – National Review

Hillary Clinton Strikes at Bernie Sanders Again, Complains About His Supporters’ Attacks – Newsweek

Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost? – FiveThirtyEight

NASA to teenage Hillary Clinton: ‘Sorry, little girl, we don’t accept women into the space program’ – CNBC

Republicans want Hillary Clinton to vanish. We can’t let that happen –
The Guardian

Hillary Clinton pounds NY Times for ‘schizophrenic’ email coverage – The Hill

What The Reviews Are Saying About Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ – Digg

Hillary Clinton Wanted to Craft Voodoo Dolls of Congress, Media – Infowars

Five memorable moments from Hillary Clinton’s newest book – AllSides

Totally Self-Aware Hillary Clinton Compares Herself to the Game of Thrones’ Mad Queen – RedState

Hillary Clinton ‘convinced’ – Fox News

Bernie Sanders: Capitalism’s favorite socialist.

Inevitably, the Bernie Sanders-media lovefest will come to an end. When it does end, reporters and Democrats will learn that Sander’s socialist credentials are not quite as pure as Vermont’s driven snow.

We shouldn’t be surprised that Sanders is being given a pass by the media. The “anyone but Hillary” mentality is already well-entrenched with people covering the campaign for various web sites and other media, and with the mostly white audiences that turn out to hear their hero take on the establishment.

Of course, by “establishment,” we now mean Hillary Clinton.

Thus far, no one wants to look at the similarities between Hillary’s and Sanders’ voting record. In fact, according to a New York Times article, they voted the same way 93% of the time when Hillary was still in the Senate. Looking at actual votes, there is barely any difference between Clinton and Sanders.

What is fascinating is the Times’ claim that the main difference concerns foreign policy issues. It is assumed that Hillary is more conservative in this area. “The 31 times that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders disagreed happened to be on some the biggest issues of the day, including measures on continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” writes the Times’ Derek Willis.

His spin on history simply isn’t true.

The socialist web site, Dissident Voice, reminds us that Sanders has been very much a pro-U.S. hawk on most foreign policy issues. In “The Unfortunate Truth about Bernie Sanders,” Ashley Smith writes:

Despite his own claims, Sanders has not been an antiwar leader. Ever since he won election to the House, he has taken either equivocal positions on U.S. wars or outright supported them. His hawkish positions — especially his decision to support Bill Clinton’s 1999 Kosovo War — drove one of his key advisers, Jeremy Brecher, to resign from his staff. Brecher wrote in his resignation letter, “Is there a moral limit to the military violence you are willing to participate in or support?”

So outraged were peace activists over Sanders support of the Kosovo War that they occupied his office in 1999. Sanders had them arrested. Under the Bush regime, Sanders militarism has only grown worse. While he called for alternative approaches to the war on Afghanistan, he failed to join the sole Democrat, Barbara Lee, to vote against Congress’ resolution that gave George Bush a blank check to launch war on any country he deemed connected to the September 11 attacks.

Ever since, he has voted for appropriations bills to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, despite their horrific toll on the occupied peoples as well as U.S. soldiers.

That’s a harsh indictment from Sanders’ ideological playmates. In more recent votes as Senator, Sanders — perhaps looking ahead to his presidential candidacy — has become more dovish in his votes.

Socialists don’t think much better of Sanders when it comes to his economic policies or his track record as a pro-labor force for change. The Dissident Voice:

Whatever his betrayals, Sanders can still give an excellent speech about the evils of corporate power and the barbarity of class inequality, but he does so as a fellow traveler of the corporate Democrats, who he supports even as they move further and further to the right.

Figures like Bernie Sanders could help workers form a party of their own to challenge the corporate duopoly, and build a more politically self-conscious working-class movement. Instead, like Jesse Jackson and other Democratic liberals, he is the progressive bait on this capitalist party’s hook — to tempt people who would otherwise want a genuine alternative into supporting a party opposed to their demands and aspirations.

“Progressive bait on this capitalist party’s hook?” A nice turn of phrase, but more to the point, the critique reflects a bitterness about Sanders that has left many “true believers” questioning his real commitment to change.

There’s more, of course, that we need to research and review about Sanders’ voting record. I will say, however, that my initial review of his Senate record shows no real leadership skills or effectiveness as a legislator, i.e. the ability to introduce and pass legislation.  In other words, Bernie Sanders has been something of a wallflower in the Senate, at best adding his name to a long list of co-sponsors for Democratic legislation, at worst marginalizing himself with an ideology he doesn’t really believe in.

Is Hillary’s voting rights position reckless?

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Hillarys Divisive, Reckless Rhetoric on Voting Rights
National Review Online
The late Saul Alinsky, the father of the community-organizing model that inspired both Hillary
Clinton and Barack Obama, would be delighted.

For Hillary Clinton, a defining moment – CNN
Hillary Clinton’s path to victory — not so narrow after all – Washington Post (blog)
Gov. Malloy Endorses Hillary Clinton for President – WNPR News

Hillary Clinton Tells Fight For 15: “We Need You”
BuzzFeed News
DETROIT — Hillary Clinton showed her most robust support yet for the national effort to raise pay for fast food workers, speaking by phone Sunday …

Scandals Only Make the Clintons Stronger
One has to wonder: When Republicans gathered earlier this year to scheme the defeat of Hillary Clinton, who was the genius who stood up and said, …

Clinton Family Foundation donated $100G to NYT group same year paper endorsed Hillary – Fox News
The Clinton Global Initiative Is Back, But Where Are the CEOs, the GOP, and Hillary? – Bloomberg
Hillary Clinton downplays personal ties in discussing US drug abuse – Malay Mail Online

Hillary Clinton aims to cash in with women donors
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is embracing the historic nature of her candidacy, and is attempting to cash in …

Why so many women are raising money for Hillary Clinton – Washington Post

Ralph Nader Blames Hillary Clinton’s Lady Bits for Her “Shocking” Militarism
Reason (blog)
On that last point, Nader contended “The total support of the military-industrial complex and empire by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is staggering.

The loyal — and discreet — political operative behind Hillary Clinton
Jennifer Palmieri was a White House communications director for the Obama Administration. Charles Dharapak ASSOCIATED PRESS …

Yes, Hillary Clinton is a grandmother. And?
Stars and Stripes
What fun, this speculation on whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new status as grandmother is going to suck the spunk right out of her. Consider this …

Hillary Clinton’s Stale Energy Policy Positions
American Thinker
The challenge in writing an objective review of Hillary Clinton’s positions on energy policy is finding information available for analysis. Clinton’s web …