It seems like the news media cannot go a day without another news story trying to link members of the Trump campaign to Russian spies. While liberals say the investigation has merit, President Donald Trump says it is nothing more than a hoax and fake news.
According to one of the nation’s most effective government watchdog, Congress should actually be looking into Russian ties with Bill and Hillary Clinton including:
- A Controversial Hillary Clinton “deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia” while she was Secretary of State under former President Obama.
- And the $500,000 income former President Bill Clinton received from a Kremlin linked investment firm for delivering a speech in Moscow.
Ironically, this summer marks the 20th anniversary of a major U.S. congressional probe of allegations that a foreign power tried to influence an American presidential election.
While the nation’s news media are obsessing over the so-called Trump–Russia scandal, they seem to forget how they casually reported on a story involving Communist China and President Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign against GOP stalwart Bob Dole.
News outlets following Clinton’s victory over Dole reported that information gathered through federal surveillance intercepts revealed that Chinese intelligence officials were aiming to increase China’s influence within the U.S. political system. They were adept at recognizing political corruption and immorality, which they witnessed within the Clinton administration’s inner-circle.
During that time period in 1998, Britain’s Princess Diana’s untimely death occurred in a Paris car crash. Although she was beloved on both sides of the Atlantic, her demise wasn’t the same as a fundraising imbroglio implicating President Clinton and Vice President Gore, the two most powerful men in the world. That should have been considered an earthshaking scandal and a criminal-case-in-the-making.
The networks broadcast 686 stories on Diana between August 31 and the end of September compared to just 113 stories about the fundraising scandal. That’s a ratio of more than 6 to 1.
Isolating the morning shows, they collectively aired 407 stories on Diana’s death, while devoting just 38 to the scandal. That’s an astonishing ratio of 10 to 1.
The evening shows broadcast a total of 50 full stories of scandal coverage with 25 anchor briefs. The Big Three morning shows aired a total of 21 full stories and 17 anchor briefs on the scandal.
The news coverage of the congressional hearings on the China scandal in the summer of 1997 were dwarfed by reports on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace and the death of Princess Diana.
“I remember how the media fawned over the Princess and gave coverage of Elton John’s re-writing of his Marilyn Monroe tear-jerker ‘Goodbye, Norma Jean’ in honor of the Princess. That song — and Elton John — received an abundance of America’s news anchors’ attention,” said former U.S. military intelligence operative and police detective Michael Allen Snopes.
“Buddhist nuns admitted shredding documents, the Democratic chairman suffered amnesia, the National Security Adviser admitted White House security screening was gone, and the Attorney General announced probes into the President and Vice President. But stories that touch the heart crowded out stories that engage the brain,” according to the Media Research Center.
According to former Wall Street Journal investigative report, John Fund, writing for National Review:
The Chinese fundraising scandal involving DNC finance vice chairman John Huang first came to light in the final weeks of the 1996 presidential campaign. A former Commerce Department official, Huang was a top fundraiser who scooped up suspect foreign cash for Team Clinton.
A 1998 Senate Government Affairs Committee report on the scandal found “strong circumstantial evidence” that a great deal of foreign money had illegally entered the country to influence the 1996 election. The DNC was forced to give back more than $2.8 million in illegal or improper donations from foreign nationals.
The most suspect funds were brought in by Johnny Chung, a bagman for the Asian billionaire Riady family. Chung confessed that at least $35,000 of his donations to the Clinton campaign and the DNC had come from a Chinese aerospace executive — a lieutenant colonel in the Chinese military. Chung said the executive had helped him meet three times with General Ji Shengde, the head of Chinese military intelligence.
According to Chung’s testimony, General Shengde had told him: “We really like your president. We hope he will be reelected. I will give you $300,000 U.S. dollars. You can give it to . . . your president and the Democratic party.”
Not one news anchor or commentator appeared to be outraged about the head of Chinese military intelligence allegedly involved in funneling cash to Bill Clinton’s de facto crime family. But today, news people have become belatedly outraged over the son of President Donald Trump meeting with a Russian attorney with “ties to the Kremlin.”
“Ties to the Kremlin? What Moscow-based attorney worth his or her salt doesn’t have dealings with the Russian government? That’s like saying celebrity-lawyer Alan Dershowitz has ties to the U.S. federal government. Or that Gloria Allred has ties to the Democratic Party. It’s a big ‘nothing burger,'” said Mike Snopes.