Cranking Up The Clinton Wurlitzer, 2016 Style

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The Post has a story today that reports that, with great sorrow (yea, verily!) the paper is being forced against its will to report things that it would really just as soon ignore. But Karen Tumulty is a soldier, and she will do what she must in the cause of Journalism (a Pulitzer wouldn’t hurt either).

The ghosts of the 1990s have returned to confront Hillary Clinton, released from the vault by Donald Trump and revved up by a 21st-century version of the scandal machine that almost destroyed her husband’s presidency.

This is a moment that her campaign has long expected. What remains to be seen is whether a reminder of allegations of sexual impropriety against Bill Clinton — which were deemed to have varying levels of credibility when they were first aired — can gain new traction in a different context.

The fresher case being made is that Hillary Clinton has been, at a minimum, hypocritical about her husband’s treatment of women, and possibly even complicit in discrediting his accusers.

Oh spare me your pious bullshit. You’ve been ready to write this story for YEARS. You troll the usual right wing fever swamp websites DAILY, all aquiver for the day you could repackage the original shit sandwiches for a new generation of gullible idiots. “Maybe if we take the sexual assault angle, that’ll make it fresh and appealing. Yeah, that’s hot right now,  let’s do that .”

By the end of the article, Tumulty has dropped the pretense of hesitancy and dived straight into the heart of the cesspool.

Tom Watson, owner of Maverick Investigations, an Arizona-based private investigative agency, built a website — “A Scandal a Day” — for Willey last spring, shortly after Hillary Clinton declared she was running for president. It aims to bring forward new allegations.

The site went live in June, Watson said, and in the first two hours it received 100,000 hits.

“Kathleen is going to be very popular this year,” Watson predicted.

Last month, Aaron Klein, a writer for such right-of-center publications as World Net Daily and host of a weekly radio talk show, wrote an article on headlined “In Their Own Words: Why Bill’s ‘Bimbos’ Fear a Hillary Presidency.”

In it, Klein described how his radio program had become “a support center of sorts” for Bill Clinton’s female accusers — “a safe-space for these women to sound off about the way they were allegedly treated by both Bill and Hillary.”

In the article, Klein quotes Broaddrick, Willey and Gennifer Flowers, an actress who had an affair with Clinton when he was governor.

In what Klein described as Flowers’s only interview since Clinton announced her candidacy, Flowers accused Hillary of being “an enabler that has encouraged [Bill] to go out and do whatever he does with women.”

“I think it’s a joke,” Klein quotes Flowers as saying, “that she would run on women’s issues.”

These guys are right wing hacks. They care as much about “safe spaces” as I do about the “carried interest” tax deduction for hedge fund managers. And right out of the gate, the Washington Post is giving them maximum exposure without even so much as a nod to the now decades long lack of string of false stories surrounding the Clintons. “[V]arying levels of credibility” doesn’t even constitute a fig leaf for the (figurative?) tumescence that the Post (and the Times too) have for these kinds of stories.

And of course I I know the answer to this one: when will we see the breathless tabloid coverage of a bunch of left wing nutballs about the GOP candidates? Hahahahahaha. I crack myself up. The answer is “no silly, because they are no left wing nutballs in Karen Tumulty’s Rolodex. Duh.”

Welcome back to 1994, folks. Strap yourselves in, because it is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride.

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