WASHINGTON: (This article reprinted from June 2016) Two words come to mind when the name “Clinton” is mentioned: “Move on.” “Move on” burst into public consciousness 20 years ago. MoveOn.org was created as a 24-7 propaganda machine to convince low-information voters that Bill Clinton’s sexual predations and wife Hillary Clinton’s harassment operations to silence her husband’s victims were just clean fun.
On Tuesday, the House Select Committee released its 800-page report on the Obama administration’s mishandling of events during and after the attack in Benghazi.
When asked to comment on the report, Hillary Clinton said, “I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report. I think it’s pretty clear that it’s time to move on.”
In the ’90s, the Clintons employed the services of a journalist-turned-political-fixer — aren’t they all where the Clintons are concerned? — Sidney Blumenthal.
Prior to the 1998 vote to impeach Bill Clinton, freelance journalist and man of the left in good standing, Christopher Hitchens (1949 – 2011), submitted an affidavit to Republican investigators that Blumenthal “actively, and with taxpayer’s money,” spread “false information against truthful female witnesses.”
“They sought to destroy the characters of these women by off-the-record briefings and by underhanded denunciations,” wrote Hitchens in Vanity Fair.
In his testimony to the House, Blumenthal swore he was not the source of the “underhanded denunciations” of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky (she was supposedly a “stalker”) and other of Clinton’s sexual victims to the press.
According to Hitchens, Blumenthal, like his White House masters, lied.
But he no doubts rests easy believing his actions were all in a good cause: working on behalf of his good friend Hillary Clinton, who wanted to ride her husband’s coattails into a political career all her own.
It wouldn’t help her political ambitions for Bill to be convicted of criminal perjury and removed from office.
And so, organizations like MoveOn.org were created to make the dissemination of “underhanded denunciations” of Bill’s sexual victims and the propagation of plausible deniability of criminal wrongdoings to the mainstream media.
After all, Blumenthal couldn’t have dinner with every bottom-feeding reporter in New York and Washington.
Benghazi, September 11, 2012
Getting back to Benghazi. House Democrats feared the negative repercussions to their presidential candidate created by the House select committee report, with a majority of Americans already distrustful of “Crooked Hillary.”
And so, they issued their own report a day before, in which presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump was mentioned 32 times, though he was nowhere near Washington’s levers of power or Libya at the time.
The most interesting aspect of the Democratic response to Benghazi was its inadvertent inclusion of Sidney Blumenthal’s testimony to the House.
You see, if not for the Benghazi inquiry, we would never have known of Hillary’s illegal storage of sensitive government information on her private and unsecured home email server (you’re welcome, FBI!).
Or that private citizen Sidney Blumenthal was sending regular reports to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding events in Libya, hoping to do business with rebel factions and gain access to that nation’s oil reserves.
But more importantly, under grilling by a Republican House member, it was discovered that Blumenthal earns a tidy $200,000 annually feeding “underhanded denunciations” to David Brock’s MediaMatters.org, a Hillary propaganda machine that, like MoveOn.org, feeds implausible denials of Clinton wrongdoing and launches smear campaigns with the aid of the bottom-feeding press.
“The offense of perjury has been so downwardly defined by the Clintonoids that it can’t seriously be charged against a perjurer’s apprentice [Blumenthal]. Morally, also, it has been defined by the Democratic leadership as an offense only slightly worse than telling the truth,” wrote Christopher Hitchens in 1998.
In today’s America, left-wing sleaze machines are morphing into something much more potent. Last March, MoveOn.org was a principal organizer of the very first violent anti-Trump demonstration in Chicago, which left some rally attendees and police officers beaten and bloody.
And who knows what Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal have in store for us in the coming campaign. But you can be assured there will be blood.
And as they did with Benghazi, you can count on the compliant bottom-feeders of the press to survey the carnage and say, “Nothing to see here. Move on.”
This article originally printed on June 30, 2016