Bernie Sanders has repeatedly warned his supporters that they are up against the biggest political machine in the country with the Clintons and expressly criticized Hillary Clinton for her PAC and association with “attack dog” David Brock. However, one of the biggest liabilities facing Clinton is her continuing refusal to release the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street and other groups. One solution appears to be snare anyone searching Hillary Clinton’s speeches. An unknown group of Clinton supporters has created a clearly misleading site called “HillaryClintonspeeches” that comes up whenever someone tries to search the controversies. What they find is not a site on the speech controversy but a pro-Clinton site that directs them to glowing reviews of Clinton and campaign websites. The unknown hosts of this site may have a perfectly legitimate reason for its title but I fail to see how it is not knowingly misleading given the growing controversy over the speeches. If you put in “Hillary Clinton speeches” to search the current status on the release of the speeches, this site now pops up.
Rather than address the speeches, the site informs readers that “Clinton is intelligent, resourceful, successful, diplomatic, and controversial, and she would make a great president.” The site has the look of a false “hit” for those seeking various petition sites demanding the release of the transcripts which Clinton insisted on her hosts making (and contractually gave her total control over their release).
There is no information on the site as to who is behind it. However, the site insists that it is not part of the actual Clinton campaign. Yet, the site repeatedly encourages viewers to “support Hillary for America by donating and/or volunteering. Clinton is stressing a grassroots campaign, and she needs all of our support to win the White House in 2016.” The site includes pictures of the Clintons and glowing reviews. There is a pulldown on speeches, but it is not “those” speeches but rather campaign speeches. When you go to the “About” link, it is not “about” the site or its creators but a glowing account of Hillary Clinton.
So why call your site “Hillary Clinton Speeches” if it is not about her speeches and clearly will misdirect people researching the scandal? The group clearly anticipates the criticism by posting a disclaimer of a direct connection to the campaign despite its repeated links to the campaign. This will not help and will only reaffirm the view of many about the Clinton political machine. Whether done by surrogates or misguided followers, the Clinton campaign should disavow the site and call for the changing of its title. The site should also have the courage to publish its creators and staff.
What do you think?