As If

Hillary’s slur and the New York Times’ contribution to the Democratic Party; from a New York Post editorial:

…[Hillary]Clinton not only couldn’t bring herself to criticize [the Moveon.org ad “General Betray Us], she also attacked Petraeus’ honesty: “The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief,” she huffed to the general Tuesday.

And she slammed him (and Ambassador Ryan Crocker) as “de facto spokesmen for a failed policy,” pointedly refusing to criticize the ad – which called him an outright liar who’d “betray” his nation.

[Rudy]Giuliani, by contrast, had it exactly right.

He called the MoveOn ad “one of the more disgusting things that has happened in American politics.”

Added America’s Mayor: “The failure of the Democratic candidates to really condemn that, given how much money MoveOn.org spends on behalf of Democratic candidates, is unfortunate.”

To say the least.

Meanwhile, the Times’ own complicity in the despicable slur turns out to be even worse than imagined: Not only did the newspaper agree to run the libel, it apparently subsidized the hard-left sewer rats who wrote it.

To the tune of more than $116,000.

MoveOn yesterday confirmed that it paid just $65,000 for the full-page missive – compared to what a Times spokesman said is usually $181,000 for such ads.

So, we wonder: Will the Times report the $116,000 difference as an in-kind contribution to the Democratic National Committee – or to Hillary herself?

As if.

Actually, MoveOn might feel cheated: Just a day earlier, The New York Times Magazine ran a free 4,900-word puff piece (“Can Lobbyists Stop the War?”) hyping the group and an anti-war coalition it formed.

Maybe the value of that should be declared, as well.

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