Friday, July 04, 2014

Obituary: Richard Mellon Scaife

Richard Mellon Scaife, the "Mr. Moneybags" of the far right until the even more batshit crazy Koch brothers got involved in buying off politicians and shoving their anti-American ideas down the throats of the American people, has died at the age of 82.

He had been suffering from cancer and wrote about his battle recently.

Scaife was the person most responsible for financing the bogus Clinton scandals of the 1990s, including the notorious "Arkansas Project."

Interesting the New York Times even writes about Scaife because this paper swallowed that bullshit hook, line, and sinker and peddled it even before Scaife got involved thanks to their star reporter Jeff Gerth's shoddy Whitewater reports. Gerth instigated the entire bullshit and should have been fired for it.

He never ran for public office or gave speeches to promote his political views. Indeed, he was notoriously withdrawn, rarely giving interviews or addressing controversies that regularly engulfed him. He had a longstanding drinking problem, engaged in bitter feuds with relatives, friends and employees, and found his troubled life examined in the press and online, despite phalanxes of lawyers, spokesmen and retainers paid to insulate him from endless public fascination with his wealth and power.

And then there was this:

In 2008, Mrs. Clinton, then a Democratic senator from New York running for president, met Mr. Scaife and editors and reporters of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for an interview. The newspaper endorsed her, and Mr. Scaife, in a commentary, said: “I have a very different impression of Hillary Clinton today. And it’s a very favorable one indeed.”

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