Ed Driscoll

Roger Simon Censored By Editor!

No, not our Roger Simon, our beneficent Maximum Pajamahadeen Emeritus, his eponymous doppelganger at the Politico. As Daniel Halper notes at the Weekly Standard, inside “the print edition of Politico, columnist Roger Simon asks, ‘Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Stop Talking?'”

It’s a provocative title for a piece on someone who might be the first female president of the United States. So provocative, in fact, that Politico changed the title for the online edition of the column. “Can Hillary Clinton be herself and still win?” the title now reads.

Yes, the original headline was changed because it might have too much of an impact. Which is what another Politico journalist complained was the excuse when his Hillary-related work was buried in 2008, albeit when he was still with Newsday, another left-leaning publication. (Its publisher, Mort Zuckerman, would go on to claim he helped write a speech for the other liberal in the 2008 race. OK, the other, other liberal, Barack Obama.) Glenn Thrush, since revealed to be a fairly dedicated O-Bot based on his lackadaisical coverage of the Obamacare rollout debacle and his more angered take on pushback to his global warming scare stories, witnessed his 2008 flashback to Hillary defending a child rapist in 1975 buried by an editor, “Because ‘It Might Have an Impact,'” as Tony Lee writes at Big Journalism:

On Sunday evening, mainstream media reporter Glenn Thrush revealed that a former editor of his at Newsday in 2008 delayed and buried his story on Hillary Clinton’s defense of a child rapist because “it might have an impact.”

When Thrush wrote the story on February 24, 2008, Clinton was battling Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This past Sunday, Thrush tweeted “the only link I can find to my original 2008 Newsday story on Hillary’s 1975 defense of child rapist,” which was archived by the conservative Sweetness & Light blog, a location that the perilously liberal Thrush presumably views with mixed blessings.

As the Washington Free Beacon noted:

A lengthy yet largely overlooked 2008 Newsday story focused on Clinton’s legal strategy of attacking the credibility of the 12-year-old victim.

The girl had joined Taylor and two male acquaintances, including one 15-year-old boy she had a crush on, on a late-night trip to the bowling alley, according to Newsday.

Taylor drove the group around in his truck, pouring the girl whisky and coke on the way.

The group later drove to a “weedy ravine” near the highway where Taylor raped the 12-year-old.

Around 4 a.m., the girl and her mother went to the hospital, where she was given medical tests and reported that she had been assaulted.

Taylor was arrested on May 13, 1975. The court initially appointed public defender John Barry Baker to serve as his attorney. But Taylor insisted he wanted a female lawyer.

The lawyer he would end up with: Hillary Rodham.

By the way, the MSM is not happy to be covering this story — because it might have an impact, to coin a phrase. As some have noted on Twitter, coverage of Mitt Romney’s dog in 1980s, fine. Coverage of Hillary’s career as a lawyer. Verboten! And the leftwing MSM is particularly unhappy about the ideology of its source. Ladies and gentlemen, the Washington Free Beetlejuice. Say its name

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….You’re goddamn right.

The MSM, largely Democrat operatives with bylines, have always been terrified of any story that might have an impact against its fellow leftists in office. But ever since Matt Drudge circumvented Newsweek’s spiking of the original Monica Lewinsky story, readers have been able to detour around their roundblocks. No wonder the media bias-related themes at Kate McMillan’s popular Small Dead Animals blog are “Not Waiting for the Asteroid”

…and “Deep Impact.”