Amid a growing scandal suggesting the Clinton Foundation improperly accepted donations in exchange for political favors, 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, can at least count on Howard Dean for support. The former Democrat National Committee chairman and one-time presidential candidate appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to criticize the author of a new book that promises to expose the Clintons’ actions.
Dean suggested author Peter Schweizer could not be trusted because he “is getting money from donors – big donors who support Ted Cruz.”
“You’re going after the author?” host Joe Scarborough asked.
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He continued, noting that plenty of other news outlets are following up on the issues presented in the book, asserting that Dean must similarly criticize these sources – specifically the New York Times, which published an article that promoted the story to nationwide prominence.
“You’re actually going to have to condemn the New York Times, Joe Becker and Mike McIntyre,” Scarborough insisted. “They’re the ones that wrote the story.”
Dean accepted the challenge and went on to rip the Times as an outlet with numerous “incredibly sloppy” journalists on its staff.
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“I have been threatened by reporters,” he asserted. “They were going to run a story that they knew wasn’t true and I knew wasn’t true unless I produced evidence to prove it wasn’t true.”
Scarborough cut Dean off, comparing him to previous guest James Carville, who consistently attempted to change the focus of the conversation.
“It’s always ‘look at something else,’” he lamented.
The host also coaxed Dean into admitting that he has no criticism of the authors behind the Times article being discussed.
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