Some time back in 1994 or 1995, Bill and Hillary Clinton had what I would now describe as “a prophetic nightmare.”
You probably remember Hillary talking about this bad dream in a television interview in which she explained that her husband’s problems were all manufactured by “a vast right-wing conspiracy.”
What you might not know is how this nightmare is chronicled in a 331-page report co-published and distributed, at taxpayer expense, by the Democratic National Committee and the White House counsel’s office. The report was titled, “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.”
This was a report distributed to select U.S. reporters in an effort to discredit a new breed of investigative journalism into what was already emerging as the most scandal-plagued administration in the
history of the United States.
Let me quote from the opening lines of the report: “‘The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce’ refers to the mode of communication employed by the right wing to convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by the mainstream media. This is how the stream works. First, well-funded right-wing think tanks and individuals underwrite conservative newsletters and newspapers such as the Western Journalism Center, the American Spectator and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Next the stories are reprinted on the Internet where they are bounced all over the world. From the Internet, the stories are bounced into the mainstream media through one of two ways: 1) The story will be picked up by the British tabloids and covered as a major story, from which the American right-of-center mainstream media (i.e. the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times and New York Post) will then pick the story up; or 2) The story will be bounced directly from the Internet to the right-of-center mainstream American media. After the mainstream right-of-center American media covers the story, congressional committees will look into the story. After Congress looks into the story, the story now has the legitimacy to be covered by the remainder of the American mainstream press as a ‘real’ story.”
Now, remember that the White House was having this bad dream back in 1994-95. This was long before anyone had ever heard of Matt Drudge. It was long before WorldNetDaily.com, the Western Journalism Center’s pioneering Internet newspaper, was even on the drawing board. To keep things in perspective, I think Monica Lewinsky was a teen-age undergraduate student at the time.
Was it a premonition? Indeed, this was an administration doomed to scandal exposed by the Internet — the one form of mass communication its partisans in the old, establishment press couldn’t seem to control.
And, already, by early 1995, the White House could see the handwriting on the wall. Here’s some more from that 331-page White House report on the Internet:
“The Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication. The Internet can link people, groups and organizations together instantly. Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated (emphasis added) data and information to be located in one area and available to all. The right wing has seized upon the Internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people. Moreover, evidence exists that Republican staffers surf the Internet, interacting with extremists in order to exchange ideas and information.”
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in computer science to recognize that the Clintons and their political allies are scared of the Internet. They are clearly dying to get their hands on it — not for their own creative
use, mind you, but for the purposes of control, for stifling free expression by others.
Just last year, you may remember, Hillary was asked by reporters if she favors curbs on Internet expression, which, by that time, had played a key role in breaking news about the president’s scandals.
Here’s what she said: “We are all going to have to rethink how we deal with this, because there are all these competing values.” According to a Reuters report, she deplored the fact that the Internet lacks “any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function.”
It’s no wonder the Clintons are obsessed with the new media. It goes without saying that Bill Clinton would likely not have been impeached if Matt Drudge had not salvaged Newsweek’s Monica Lewinsky story from the trash can and resurrected it on the Internet. Interesting, given that Newsweek is owned by the Washington Post Co., the news agency that takes such great pride in breaking the Watergate story that led to President Nixon’s downfall a generation earlier.
There’s even more reason for concern by Hillary. In 1995 there were approximately 1 million computers connected to the Internet. By the end of 1998, there were 50 million. Within 10 years, there will be in excess of 1 billion connections. To put that in perspective, after the invention of television, it took more than 10 years before there were 50 million sets in the world. The same rise on the Internet has taken less than three years.
For the press, the Internet has proven to be a great equalizer. Matt Drudge, sitting in his Hollywood apartment with his laptop computer, makes as much impact on the day’s news as most big daily newspapers in the country — if not more. WorldNetDaily.com is viewed by more people each day than Geraldo Rivera or Larry King.
In other words, the free market, working through the Internet is solving longstanding institutional problems in the media, as well as exposing fraud, waste, corruption and abuse at the highest levels of
government. Now, if we can just keep Hillary’s power-hungry little hands off it. …
The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce is available for sale at the WorldNetDaily online storefront.