Sunday, July 01, 2007

Clinton Slams Bush "Culture Of Cronyism, Corruption And Incompetence"

But Then Her Words Go Missing

Hilary Clinton gave a speech yesterday where she cut loose on the Bush administration and told some very harsh truths. She said if she wins the 2008 presidential elections, a"clean sweep" would need to be made of the White House, to get rid of the institutionalised cronyism and corruption :
"After eight years of the Bush administration, we are going to be shocked by what we find," the New York senator and former first lady said. "Somebody said to me the other day if there was ever a time for a woman president it's now because we're going to have to do a lot of cleaning."

The women, many of who brought their daughters to the $100 per plate "Women for Hillary" breakfast, applauded wildly.

"Grab your buckets, grab your brooms," Clinton said. "We're going to have to do a clean sweep because there has been a culture of cronyism, corruption and incompetence."

At least, that's how the Associated Press wire story appeared on the Forbes site.

Somebody at the Huffington Post liked the line "there has been a culture of cronyism, corruption and incompetence" so much they used it as a headline :

Clinton Rails Against Bush "Culture Of Cronyism, Corruption And Incompetence"

But when you clicked the link you were taken to an updated version of the same Associated Press story that did not contain the killer Clinton quotes that appeared in the earlier version posted on the Forbes site. The very quotes that caused her audience to "applaud wildly." But the rest of the AP text remained, virtually unaltered.

Did Hilary say something she wasn't supposed to? Did she cross 'the line'?

Why did AP decide to issue a second version of the story, a few minutes after the first - the one that appeared on the Forbes site - with the Clinton comments cut?

Searching the line "there has been a culture of cronyism, corruption and incompetence" on Google News brings up a link to the Washington Post. But the Post also ran the version of the AP story that had cut the Clinton quotes. As did a number of other media sites carrying the AP story.

By the time you read this, the Washington Post may have already updated their story to the version which includes the Clinton quotes about Bush Co. "cronyism, corruption and incompetence", as the Google News search results says it should be there.

Then again, maybe they won't.

Bush doesn't need to enforce censorship on the media, they are censoring themselves, particularly when someone as high profile as Hilary Clinton gets too close to telling the truth about what has been happening in the White House over the past eight years.