Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Conservative or watchdog?: A report in today's New York Times on a August 2000 fund-raiser for then Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton that lead to the indictment of Sen. Clinton's finance director, paints a picture of the VRWC out to get the Clintons.
It also shows the continuing effort of a longtime nemesis of the Clintons, Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group, to make legal trouble for the couple.
This was the standard media line for Judicial Watch's early years -- which also happened to be the latter years of the Clinton administration -- but then something happened. President George W. Bush was elected to office -- and Judicial Watch started filing lawsuits and going after the Bush administration. Judicial Watch has been active, along with fellow "conservative" organizations such as the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council in suing to get access to the records of Vice President Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force Meetings. Judicial Watch has also been dogged in chasing down Halliburton over no-bid contracts.
After Judicial Watch's bipartisan filing of lawsuits, many mainstream media organizations took to describing Judicial Watch as a "watchdog" group. But, for the Times, it appears that Judicial Watch will always be conservative -- in any story where they mix it up with the Clintons.