The New York Times has long been one of Hillary Clinton's worst enemies, according to commentator Paul Waldman.
In an opinion piece for the "The Week" posted Wednesday, Waldman writes that Clinton "would never admit it publicly," yet "is surely certain" the "bastion of the supposedly liberal media… is, and has always has been, out to get her."
She has a point, he argues.
"It does appear that when it comes to the nation's most important newspaper, Hillary Clinton is always going to be presumed guilty of something, even if they haven't quite gotten the goods on her yet," Waldman writes.
Waldman charges "there's a repeated pattern to many" of the paper's stories on the Democratic nominee — and that even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing, "the story is still presented in the Times as a revelation of possible malfeasance."
"The theme is the same," he writes. "There's probably something fishy going on here, even if the evidence doesn't seem to show that there is, and anyhow it just looks bad."
Waldman writes that the Times is "also prone to presenting even exculpatory material as indicative of some deeper ethical problem."
According to Waldman, the "pursuit of Hillary and Bill Clinton goes way back, back to the founding document of the problem the Clintons have with the press" — a March 1992 article on the couple's involvement in the Whitewater investment company.
Neither Clinton was found to have done anything wrong with regard to the land deal in which they lost money, Waldman notes, but "the ball was set rolling" — leading ultimately to the appointment of a special prosecutor, Ken Starr, "whose dogged pursuit of the Clintons" led to Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1998.
Waldman conjectures the paper's own relentless coverage may have been fueled by an aim to uncover the same magnitude of government wrongdoing as the Washington Post did in reporting on the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration.
"And the fact that Clinton was a Democrat" made the Times more eager, he writes, showing "once and for all that those overheated charges of 'liberal bias' were so much baloney."
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