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Clinton family values: Brotherly love. Plus: Reporter reveals 'Clinton Rules.'

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Media digging into how Bill and Hillary Clinton make and spend money continues with this report from the Washington Post:

Quietly, the Clintons have helped brothers who needed it — buying an $857,000 house in a Los Angeles suburb for use of Bill's brother Roger in 2009; loaning $160,000 around 2012 to help Hillary's brother Anthony and also contributing monthly to Anthony's son.

Sharing wealth and helping out siblings with problems. What will the Clintons do next? Contribute speaking fees to a private foundation that works to better lives in third-world countries? They'll stop at nothing, these Clintons.

The article delves into some of the difficulties the brothers have had over the years, mostly rehash of incidents many years ago reported previously.

Spokespeople for the Clintons said that the couple will forever be loyal to their brothers.

“Their brothers have always been there for them, and they will always be there for their brothers,” said Nick Merrill and Angel Urena, speaking on behalf of Hillary and Bill Clinton, respectively, in a joint statement. “It is for them to decide how much of their private lives to share publicly in the context of a political campaign.”

Reporters are working through it for items to explore, such as a real estate transaction that might be related to the house Bill Clinton apparently bought for his brother in California.

Speaking of financial reports, such as that filed by Hillary Clinton: Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has not yet filed his personal financial report. He got a 45-day extension from the Federal Election Commission, That period expires next week.

How crazy is all this? Another Washington Post reporter put on Twitter that the woman who sold the house, apparently to the Clintons, six years ago laments that Roger Clinton may not use the chicken coop she built there. Stop the presses.

UPDATE: A timely article in context here on how Hillary Clinton gets different treatment from the press than other candidates. The Clinton Rules, in other words, as seen by veteran reporter Jonathan Allen:

The Clinton rules are driven by reporters' and editors' desire to score the ultimate prize in contemporary journalism: the scoop that brings down Hillary Clinton and her family's political empire. At least in that way, Republicans and the media have a common interest.

I understand these dynamics well, having co-written a book that demonstrated how Bill and Hillary Clinton used Hillary's time at State to build the family political operation and set up for their fourth presidential campaign. That is to say, I've done a lot of research about the Clintons' relationship with the media, and experienced it firsthand. As an author, I felt that I owed it to myself and the reader to report, investigate, and write with the same mix of curiosity, skepticism, rigor, and compassion that I would use with any other subject. I wanted to sell books, of course. But the easier way to do that — proven over time — is to write as though the Clintons are the purest form of evil. The same holds for daily reporting. Want to drive traffic to a website? Write something nasty about a Clinton,
particularly Hillary.

Among the Clinton Rules:

Every allegation, no matter how ludicrous, is believable until it can be proven completely and utterly false. And even then, it keeps a life of its own in the conservative media world.

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