Wednesday, October 06, 2004

FBI looking at Hillary and more AP bias

Buried on page 11A of the Washington Post is this little item:
The Justice Department is trying to secure the cooperation of an indicted businessman as it pursues Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign for possible fundraising violations, according to interviews and documents.

The FBI told a U.S. magistrate in Los Angeles two years ago that it has evidence Clinton's campaign deliberately understated its fundraising costs so it would have more money to spend on elections. Prosecutors contend that businessman Peter Paul made donations because he wanted a pardon from President Bill Clinton. ...

Paul is a three-time convicted felon who hosted a Hollywood fundraising event for Mrs. Clinton in 2000. He alleges he underwrote most of the costs for the event.

Surprised? More at the Captain's Quarters.

UPDATE: Spotting some spin in the later versions of this AP piece. On Free Republic, this is what was posted from a rewrite by Larry Margasak:
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-run Justice Department is setting its sights on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign in pursuit of possible fund-raising violations. In targeting a rising star in the Democratic Party, prosecutors are trying to gain the cooperation of an indicted businessman who raised the allegations, interviews and documents indicate.
The FR post refers to this link, and apparently an editor spotted this obvious bias in the lead and changed it to the following:
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's Justice Department is trying to secure the cooperation of an indicted businessman as it pursues Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign for possible fund-raising violations, according to interviews and document.
But we should not be surprised that Margasak would write it like this. Those of us with long memories remember how Larry would literally take dication from certain members of a previous administration.