Former Pro-Hillary Journo Describes Sid Blumenthal's Slimy Rumor-Mongering in 2008

In "Confessions of a Hillary Insider," Larry Johnson of No Quarter said that he is "shocked at the audacity of Hillary Clinton to decry Donald Trump as a birther because her campaign not only pushed that item in a bid to discredit Barack Obama, but mounted a sustained campaign attack Obama on a broad array of issues."

How do I know? I was part of that effort and was in regular email and phone coordination with Sidney Blumenthal. Sidney was the conduit who fed damaging material to me that I subsequently posted on my blog.

In some cases Sid Blumenthal actually provided a draft piece that I would slightly modify and publish under my name. Most of the time, however, Sid provided background information and researched material that I would use to craft pieces. How many? I am providing the links to 63 blog articles that I posted (and in one case was posted by Susan Hudgens, who assisted with the blog) between January 2008 and June 30, 2008.

Here is simple summary of material (in writing or through a verbal briefing) that I received from Sid?

  1. Information surrounding the corrupt business relationship between Barack Obama and Tony Rezko.
  2. Information about Barack Obama’s ties to Palestinian radicals.
  3. Information concerning Barack Obama’s longstanding ties to the American terrorist, Bill Ayers.
  4.  Information concerning Barack Obama’s close ties to radical clerics–i.e., Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger.
  5. Information concerning allegations that Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen.
  6. Information concerning Barack Obama being adopted by Indonesian Muslim Lolo Soetoro.

The big Kahuna of the anti-Obama dump was the allegation that Republicans had a tape of Michelle Obama in which she used the disparaging term “Whitey.” I published that after being told about the “tape” by Sid Blumenthal. (I learned a few weeks later that the story of the tape actually originated with Media Matter’s David Brock and he confirmed its existence to me in person).

Johnson continues:

Listening to Hillary Clinton cry crocodile tears over Trump’s questioning Obama’s birth place and eligibility to be President in 2011 as a “racist” attack is the ultimate example that Hillary is cynical and dishonest. Yes, it is true that the words, “Obama is a muslim” or “Obama is not a natural born American” never passed her lips. But it is also true that that people very close to her, such as Sidney Blumenthal, were pushing those stories and trying desperately to promote those memes.

Hillary knew about all of these lines of attack on Obama. In fact I was told by Sid on one occasion in the summer of 2008 that the Big Dog (Bill of course) was very pleased with the pieces going up at NoQuarterUSA and thought they were helping Hillary.

Blumenthal denies it all, of course:

Whom to believe? The two journos who are finally willing after eight years to speak out about this, or Sid Blumenthal, David (Bouffant) Brock, and of course Jon Favreau, who is still splitting a gut over the "you can keep your plan" Obamacare lie?