“Zombie Journalism.” What a great way to describe much of the political journalism we have these days. Dave Skinner nails it once again in a column for The Flathead Beacon, as he cites the loss of reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison from Montana’s capital bureau, and digs deeper into the attack behind the American Lands Council.
Um, did any of these reporters think to watchdog the “watchdog?” Nope, so I did. Within one minute, I’d found CFA’s website, and a minute later learned it was first registered on Jan. 21, 2015 by Ben Fortney, who used a New York address and a Washington, D.C. phone number assigned to a woman. That should get the journalistic sniffer going, right?
CFA happens to be so new (Karl Puckett of the Great Falls Tribune did note CFA “opened its doors a month ago”) with the first public hint of CFA existence occurring May 13, regarding a lawsuit over corporate political activity. Then, on June 1, the lawsuits against Ivory’s activities.
It only took me 20 minutes to find all this guff, and much more. Yet this “news” story sailed past at least 58 editors, and a possible 58 reporters, who took what “she said,” added some token lines of “he said,” and called it journalism.
Check out the lineup of Leftists running this supposed “watchdog” by clicking here to read Skinner’s full column.
But don’t worry- there are signs of life within “Zombie Journalism.” Have you ever noticed how, in zombie-like fashion, they are quick to copy and paste the narrative from Left wing groups into their newspapers? For some reason; though, they stop acting like zombies when a conservative-leaning group might send them similar info.
Just under one month ago, I asked the question: Why is a Swiss billionaire calling the shots in Montana?
Hansjorg Wyss (photo on left) is one of the main backers of the controversial American Prairie Reserve project which is buying out ranches in Northeastern Montana. He’s also a big contributor to several dark money environmental groups posing as “sportsmen” in order to help advance the Democratic party agenda here in Montana. (In fact, he’s donated $132 million to 186 different liberal groups since 2002)
But now, the environmental sugardaddy is under fire, as The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock reports the breaking news story that Wyss, who donated $5 million to a Hillary Clinton women’s project, is accused of repeated sex abuse. Pollock not only details how Wyss already settled one sexual abuse case in federal court, but how the Swiss billionaire’s company has faced legal troubles as well.
Here’s the story from The Daily Caller: Hillary’s ‘No Ceilings’ Project Accepted $5 Million From Sexual Abuser
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “No Ceilings” women’s empowerment project at the Clinton Foundation accepted a $5 million commitment last December from a Swiss billionaire even as his lawyers were fighting in federal court to hide his darkest secret — a long record of sexually abusing women.
Hansjorg Wyss, a generous donor to major liberal groups like the Center for American Progress and longtime financial patron of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, also launched a “Women’s Equality Program” at his $2.1 billion Wyss Foundation. His net worth is estimated at $6.1 billion.
At issue in the federal district court case was a $1.5 million settlement of a suit brought by Jacqueline Long, a Colorado woman who charged that Wyss brutally and sexually abused her for years while serving as his employee.
Long was not the only one to complain of sexual abuse at the hands of Wyss, as Pollock reports. Neither the Clinton Foundation nor the Wyss Foundation responded to The Daily Caller’s requests for comment.
Wyss is no stranger to federal judges or prosecutors. In 2011, Synthes attorneys settled multiple criminal charges brought against it in 2009 by the Department of Justice after the firm conducted illegal spinal medical tests that killed four people on operating tables.
Wyss’s top four executives went to jail and his company was forced to pay $23 million in fines for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. But Wyss was never indicted, even though he was named as “Person No. 7” in the original indictment, which said company memos showed Wyss authorized the tests to go forward without FDA approval.
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