Major media outlets, including Fox News and The New York Times, have entered into exclusive agreements with Peter Schweizer to access his book Clinton Cash, and to push its story lines in their coverage of the 2016 presidential race. Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, argues that foreign entities funneled money into The Clinton Foundation in exchange for political favors from the State Department.
Understandably, journalists might be interested in having access to the author’s notes for investigating Hillary Clinton’s dealings. However, given Schweizer’s role as a partisan hack with a history of intellectual dishonesty, Fox News and The New York Times, are demonstrating a lack of journalistic integrity. Apparently they have decided that they are more interested in promoting a compelling story than they are in reporting the truth.
Schweizer is the Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large, and he also worked as a consultant in the George W. Bush White House. In addition, he served as a foreign policy consultant to Sarah Palin, and he was paid over 100,000 dollars as an issue adviser for her ”SarahPAC” Political Action Committee. While these conservative affiliations do not necessarily disqualify his findings from consideration, they do raise concerns about his objectivity as a researcher. Those concerns are compounded by his history of inaccurate research.
In 2006, USA Today had to retract a column Schweizer wrote because he falsely alleged that Al Gore was receiving royalties from a zinc mine on his Tennessee property. In 2013. Time debunked a Schweizer claim that appeared in Politico, falsely claiming that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had only met in-person once between March 23, 2010, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, and November 30, 2013, when it was signed into law. Contrary to Schweizer’s claims, they actually had met at least 18 times during that period.
A longer list of Schweizer’s research errors and published falsehoods has been documented by Eric Hananoki at the left-leaning Media Matters For America site. Schweizer’s long history of promoting lies and half truths about Democrats should raise serious questions about the credibility of his latest book Clinton Cash.
Despite Schweizer’s history of mangling the truth, the mainstream media seems all too willing to use his distorted hyper-partisan research as a lens by which they look at Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. While it is possible that the book Clinton Cash may contain tidbits of truth somewhere in its pages, Schweizer’s history of spreading lies while trying to pass his work off as objective journalism, should disqualify him from being part of any credible media outlet’s coverage of the Clinton campaign or the 2016 presidential race. However, since FOX News and The New York Times are apparently interested in pushing Schweizer’s dubious narrative, we can probably dispense the notion that either of those organizations are credible sources of news.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.