Media unfairly bashing Bill Clinton
by Joshuagen, Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 06:06:39 AM EST
Bashing Bill Clinton has become a very lucrative media Industry. To some extent we are responsible for this. During the primary battles our passionate defense of our candidate has emboldened the media to launch its attacks on Bill.
I am not against criticism but I am definitely against extremely unbalanced attacks like these from Associated press: Some one needs to tell Beth Fouhy that primaries are over.
The foundation's donor list is heavy with overseas business interests.
Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid gave $1 million to $5 million. Friends of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai Foundation each gave $1 million to $5 million, as did the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office. The Confederation of Indian Industry and the Swedish Postcode Lottery gave $500,000 to $1 million each. China Overseas Real Estate Development and the U.S. Islamic World Conference gave $250,000 to $500,000 apiece.
The No. 4 person on the Forbes billionaire list, Lakshmi Mittal, the chief executive of international steel company ArcelorMittal, gave $1 million to $5 million. Mittal is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, Goldman Sachs' board of directors and the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, according to the biography on his corporate Web site.
Among other $1 million to $5 million donors:
_Harold Snyder, director for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest drug company in Israel. His son, Jay T. Snyder, serves on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which oversees State Department activities, and served as a senior U.S. adviser to the United Nations, where he worked on international trade and poverty.
_No. 97 on the Forbes billionaire list, Ethiopian-Saudi business tycoon Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi.
_Issam Fares, a former deputy prime minister of Lebanon.
_Mala Gaonkar Haarman, a partner and managing director at the private investment partnership Lone Pine Capital.
_Lukas Lundin, chairman of oil, gas and mining businesses including Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Syria, and Vostok Nafta Investment Ltd., an investment company that focuses on Russia and other former Soviet republics.
_Victor Pinchuk, son-in-law of the former president of Ukraine. Clinton spoke in 2007 at an annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy, a group Pinchuk founded to promote Ukraine joining the European Union.
Except for a passing reference there is very little if any explanation about the scope of the foundation and what good it has accomplished.
Don't we really want our ex-presidents to be advocates for good causes?
Don't you think articles like this would deter charitable donations?
I have no problem with taking charitable donations from homophobes for Aids causes. I say it with the same spirit of supporting Obama talking to our so called enemies in the world.
The purpose of these media articles is to box Hillary and hamstrung our administration. The media is very much interested in driving a wedge and thriving on the discord.Here is the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_campaignplus/20081218/ap_ca/clinton_foundation_donors