by Walter W. Murray, reporter
Looks like the Clinton Collusion game goes back a whole lot further than anyone would’ve guessed.
A stunning new report in The Washington Free Beacon exposes the Clinton machine’s attempt to manipulate the media to benefit them politically.
And it wasn’t in 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton practically turned the leftist mainstream media into an extension of her failed presidential campaign.
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It wasn’t in 2008, when Clinton insiders quietly leaked the rumor that then-Sen. Barack Obama – a rival for the presidential nomination – wasn’t born in the United States.
It wasn’t in 2000, when she somehow won a carpetbagger’s campaign to represent New York – a state she had almost no connection to – in the United States Senate with help from friendly local liberal media outlets.
It goes back further… much further… as new evidence reveals how then-President Bill Clinton’s 1990s loyalists cooked up a secret plot to disturb and disrupt conservatives in the media.
And they used ugly tactics straight out of the playbook of the Soviet propagandists!
The 1990s, of course, represented the dawn of modern conservative media as voices from the right began to break free from traditional leftist media and establish themselves.
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It started on talk radio, especially with the rise of talk titans such as Rush Limbaugh.
The Clintons were apparently determined to undermine this homegrown movement dedicated to basic American ideals.
The Free Beacon said it uncovered secret Democratic documents and other memos from the Clinton Presidential Library revealing the plot to overwhelm conservative radio with a small army of callers trained to sabotage the broadcasts.
The newspaper said some 4,000 operatives were trained in at least 23 states “to lie about their identities, deflect difficult questions from hosts, and plant pro-Democrat messages on the radio waves.
The operation was called the “Talk Radio Initiative,” and The Free Beacon said it was launched with the blessing of the Clinton White House.
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Anyone who listened to talk radio at the time certainly remembers the callers.
They appeared so often – and were so bad at it – that Rush Limbaugh immediately suspected what was going on.
He took to calling them “seminar callers,” as he explained on his show recently, because he believed they were getting instructions via a seminar of some kind on how to evade the screeners, get on the air and then make their stand.
As the new documents show he wasn’t being paranoid.
He was right – and he wasn’t the only one who noticed.
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“You would get calls, an hour apart, from different people with different voices and different names, but they would talk the same lines. So close that you knew that this was not a coincidence,” longtime talk radio host Lars Larson told The Free Beacon. “It was the same language on the same subject and the same arguments.”
The plan was hatched after Clinton’s Democrats were trounced in the 1994 midterm elections, which led to the rise of then-Rep. Newt Gingrich as House speaker.
The left felt Clinton was doomed in 1996 – unless they acted to change the narrative, and fast.
But Limbaugh said there may have been another even simpler reason for the program: Clinton’s notoriously thin skin.
“Clinton had the kind of personality where if he’s in a room with a hundred people, 99 people like him and one doesn’t, he’ll ignore the 99. He’ll focus on the one and try to turn ’em,” Limbaugh said this week. “When that didn’t work, it became seek and destroy: Seminar callers.”
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That led to the newly exposed campaign to created fake callers to disrupt Limbaugh’s show and others like him.
“They were lying to people back then,” Limbaugh said. “They were engaging in manipulation of media just as they have always done. Could it be said maybe that this could constitute meddling in elections?”
It could. And if it was, it worked as Clinton defeated Bob Dole in 1996.
But 20 years later, conservative media was ready and waiting… and the manipulation situation finally backfired on the Clintons.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”