Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid: Champion of America or of the Media


Hilary Clinton officially announced her bid for the 2016 presidential election, branding herself as a champion for America in a planned social media campaign. Different from her 2008 bid where the former First Lady and Secretary of State made the same announcement via fanfare, Clinton took a new approach producing a video shown across social media outlets. The video featured people from different areas of life, including families starting out, newly hired employees, startup entrepreneurs, and gay couples, leading to a cameo of herself announcing her bid for the White House in 2016.

The video itself is definitely a big change and a different, and in a way a much-needed approach to big political hype the country is used to. Not to mention, voters feel they need someone, a champion who will look out for their well-being, without all the politics and frenzy, and many see the newly announced candidate as that person. What is evident is that, even though it is early on in the presidential election, there does not seem to be another hopeful among the Democrats who has garnered so much popularity, despite Clinton’s past which includes much shadiness and not much of a proven track record. It could very well be that the media is more hyped up on having its first woman president that it is even willing to overlook incidents which may hang over the heads of other candidates, most certainly if he, or even she is a GOP or tea party member. As the media begins its all out fanfare of the first candidate to announce her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, here are a few incidents from the past which serve to make one wonder if the former First Lady is a true champion of America or a product of a relatively supportive media.

Whitewater Wash

Early and before the days of her residence in the White House of First Lady, Clinton and husband, Bill, President from 1993-2001, partnered with Susan and James McDougal, in what became known as White Water, a vacation home development, which ultimately ended in failure resulting in a $40,000 net loss for the presidential couple. During this time, investigations were conducted, and it was found that McDougal had been making fraudulent loans through a savings and loan association which he owned. At the time, Clinton, through Rose Law firm, provided legal work for the McDougals, while husband Bill allegedly used his position as governor of Arkansas to pressure Little Rock Judge David Hale to provide a loan of $300,000 from his private company to Susan McDougal. Several more incidents occurred during the investigation, including the disappearance of billing records filed by Rose Law. Adding to the shady mix, as well, was the alleged suicide of White House council Vince Foster in 1993 who had been involved in several of the Clinton’s dealings, subsequently dubbed as “the man who knew too much.” The Whitewater scandal led to the both of them being subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, and while the McDougals were found guilty for fraud, the Clintons’ names were cleared.

The not so solid foundation

Shortly after the Clintons left the White House in January 2001, the former president started the Clinton Foundation. The foundation featured several large partnerships and was active in many causes. What remained questionable however, were many of its funding sources, which went high into the multi-millions. For example, in 2008, while Clinton lashed out against Columbia’s human rights record, it was found that the foundation had accepted a large donation by the Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation, a Columbian formed company operating out of Toronto. In 2011, Clinton once again criticized Morocco’s government policies while accepting donations from a company owned by that government.

The Benghazi cover-up 

During the American aided overthrow of the Libya’s Qaddafi regime, and takeover by the a radical Islamic one, Clinton served as Secretary of State. During her tenure, the American compound in Benghazi was attacked resulting in the hostage taking and murder of American diplomats. Susan Rice the U.S. ambassador at the time to the U.N. claimed that the attack resulted in a anti-Islam video going viral, but soon it was discovered that it had all along been an organized attack coordinated to take place on September 11, coinciding with the anniversary of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. This apparent blunder led to a cover-up, for which Clinton for which eventually took responsibility, long overdue.

Private email server

During her tenure as Secretary of State, the New York Times reported that Clinton had conducted her official government business over a private email account. When questioned about it, Clinton’s response was based on the convenience of having her personal and work related emails on one device. Although Clinton, as a federal employee, could reserve the right to delete any of her emails that may seem personal and not fall under the category of public records, when requested by the State Department, the former Secretary of State gave over 30,000 emails while deleting another 30,000. Clinton then proceeded to purge her personal server, making those 30,000 emails permanently inaccessible to the public. Although no charges have been brought up against Clinton, the fact that she used her personal server for business, and then went on to purge it after they were requested by the State Department, leaves her candidacy for 2016 in question as her action could very well be a violation of government regulation.

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton has always had a large media following, more often supportive of her with a tendency to lay some of her controversial dealings to rest when deemed necessary for her candidacy. As the media appears to be more infatuated with grooming her to be America’s first woman president, very little is said about what she has actually accomplished in her political career. Streamlining her strategy for her 2016 bid from the normal political media fanfare to a go-small, go slow champion representing America could possibly make Clinton’s personality and accomplishments more accessible than her emails.

by Bill Ades

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