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Monday, November 22, 2004

Clinton-Obsessed Conservatives

It's hard to believe (well, not really) that conservatives are still obsessed with every single thing Bill Clinton says or does. The latest object of conservative obsession is Clinton's presidential library. Newsmax is reporting the non-story that the library received donations from (gasp) "the Saudi royal family and other wealthy Arabs."

This from Newsmax reporter Carl Limbacher and the "Newsmax staff."

Who gives a shit? I mean, what's the issue here?

Newsmax fails to offer up an context to this "breaking" news item, other than the donations had actually been featured in a 2003 column by Robert Novak.

Do real journalists actually work at Newsmax? Because, from what I could find, the Novak column appeared in 2002, not 2003. And even it doesn't explain what the issue is with Clinton receiving donations from the Saudis.

It's hardly newsworthy that the Saudis or "wealthy Arabs" would contribute to a presidential library. On November 6, 1997, the Knight-Ridder news service reported on the George H.W. Bush library, and the list of contributors donating $1 million included:

-- Bandar bin Sultan family;
-- People of Kuwait;
-- State of Kuwait;
-- Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates ;
-- Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences;
-- The Sultanate of Oman.

So...if I'm missing something here, can someone explain why the Clinton library receiving similar donations is newsworthy? Apparently Newsmax was having a really slow news day, because for the life of me, it's unclear why Clinton getting Saudi money is a good thing or bad thing.

I'm sure my enlightened conservative readers can inform me why it was bad for Clinton to get the same kind of donations to his library that George H.W. Bush received.


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