WND’s Aaron Klein Publishes Fake News as Real, Part 7: Mixing Up Obama’s Attorney General Nominee

Posted: November 10, 2014 in politics
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I don’t get it. This guy is a senior staff reporter for WND but he would likely fail even the most basic of journalism classes. Why? Every story I seem to post about him here is him publishing rumors or outright falsehoods. Take the latest case: I woke up this morning and skimmed through my RSS feeds for skeptic-related websites and found this from The Raw Story’s Tom Boggioni: “Oops: Conservatives Eager to Rip Obama’s AG Nominee Attack Wrong ‘Loretta Lynch.'”

It possibly started on Brietbart on Saturday, where “writer Warner Todd Huston wrote, “New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.””

Aaron Klein on WND gobbled it up. Here is the story by Aaron Klein, in full:

Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to become the next attorney general, once worked for Bill Clinton’s campaign, where it turns out she co-authored a memo aimed at discrediting alleged Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers and stopping any news coverage of her claims.

Flowers is the model and actress who claimed publicly to have had a 12-year-long affair with Clinton.

Hers was only one of several embarrassing stories of extramarital affairs former Clinton staffer Betsey Wright labeled “bimbo eruptions” needing to be quelled in the press.

During testimony in January 1998, Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship with Flowers.

Yet Lynch’s memo sought ways to portray Flowers “completely as a fraud, liar and possible criminal.”

Lynch worked for Clinton’s presidential campaign and also served as on the defense attorney team that represented Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1992 during the Whitewater investigations.

Archived documents show that Lynch, together with campaign operative Nancy McFadden, co-authored a confidential Feb. 16, 1992, campaign memo entitled “Possible Investigation Needs.”

Under a section entitled, “Defensive Research: Tying up ends and seeing ahead,” the memo’s first item addresses the need to discredit one “GF,” which from the context was a clear reference to Gennifer Flowers.

Reads the Lynch-McFadden memo: “Exposing GF: completely as a fraud, liar and possible criminal to stop this story and related stories, prevent future non-related stories and expose press inaction and manipulation.”

Last February, nine months before Lynch’s name was announced by Obama as his Attorney General pick, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders referenced the Lynch-McFadden memo as part of what the writer labeled “The Clintons’ war on women.”

Saunders reminded her audience that “it turns out Flowers wasn’t the ‘liar’ in this little tale,” since Clinton “admitted under oath to having had sex with Flowers.”

“The McFadden-Lynch memo serves as a reminder of what the Clinton machine does to women who speak out. They become loose ends who need to be tied up,” wrote Saunders.

With research by Brenda J. Elliott.

Unfortunately, I can’t give you a link to it. Why? Because it’s now gone from WND. No retraction, no nothin’, just disappeared. Here was the link. At the moment, if you do an internet search for the story, in quotes (“Obama AG pick was Clinton ‘bimbo eruption’ fixer”), then you will get the WND article and many other blogs that copy-and-paste it. Google appears to have changed the way it caches pages so I can’t figure out how to link to the Google cache of this story on WND, assuming it exists.

To be fair, I will give WND some credit for pulling the story. But, they jumped on the bandwagon, their senior staff reporter posted it with allegedly additional research by Brenda Elliott, and they managed to concoct more fakery around a fake story because of partisanship blinding them to checking even the most basic of facts: That they were talking about the correct person.


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