By Nicholas Fondacaro
In a rather surprising move, both ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC’s Nightly News reported on Hillary and Bill Clinton’s astronomical speaking fees Wednesday. Unfortunately, both dedicated less than 20 seconds to the topic during each of their respective reports. “A total of almost $1.5 million in just three months,” reported NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, a known Clinton fan.
“New financial records show Clinton raking in nearly $1.5 million for six speeches last year,” reported ABC’s Cecilia Vega, “Her husband, Bill? 22 speeches for over $5 million.” According to Mitchell’s report, Clinton was making that $1.5 million in the weeks prior to her announcing she would be running for president.
In both of their reports, the Clinton revelation was a mere blurb during their much longer segments about the state of the Democratic race for president. Before either one of the reporters reached this troubling news about Clinton, they spent a significant about of time railing against Bernie Sanders and his supporters for dividing the party.
“Defiance from [Sanders’] supporters now has some Democratic Party leaders worried it’s their convention that could take a violent turn,” stated Vega, stoking Democratic fears of a party in chaos because of Bernie. “It’s the growing split among Democrats that’s raising big questions about how they’ll ever unite to defeat Donald Trump,” fretted Mitchell.
Even though Clinton is willing to release how much money she has made from speaking engagements, she has yet to release the transcripts from any of them.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters.