The Hsu Scandal

If you haven’t heard about the recent Norman Hsu scandal in Washington, you’re not alone. The mainstream media has virtually ignored it. Even the New York Times admitted that this scandal is receiving “only a handful” of attention.

Here we have a prominent New York businessman, who is a long-time fugitive from American authorities, has been charged with several counts of fraud, plead “no contest” to Grand Theft, and has mysterious sources of income most likely connected to illegal Ponzi schemes. He has a history of making very large political campaign donations, many of which are suspected to be in serious violation of campaign finance laws.

Yet, the media is giving very little attention to it. Why?

I guess I forgot to mention that Norman Hsu’s campaign donations, including the illegal ones, were to DEMOCRAT candidates. For the media, this makes all the difference.

Remember, if you will, a little story known as the Jack Abramoff scandal. This story was plastered on the front-page of almost every newspaper in the country and received “top story” coverage from all of the major networks. Even though, Jack Abramoff made contributions to both Republican and Democrat politicians, the media treated it as a purely Republican scandal. For instance, CBS’s Harry Smith labeled the Abramoff scandal a “Republican problem.” Abramoff was referred to as a “Republican lobbyist,” and his ties to Republican politicians became the central focus of the scandal. Of course, very little attention was given to all of the Democrats that he contributed to.

That story was a goldmine for the mainstream media. But, now that we have a campaign finance scandal involving top Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and Harry Reid, nothing is being made out of it. Take a look at this spreadsheet of political donations made by Hsu. You’ll notice that out of the 83 Politicians on the list, only 1 is a Republican - Tom Gallagher, Chief Financial Officer of Florida. The other 82 Politicians are Democrats.

So…once again…if the media is sooooo concerned about political contribution scandals, why not make this a front-page story for months, just like they did with the Abramoff scandal.

I think you know the answer.

You might be inclined to believe that this isn’t a major story because the candidates didn’t know about Hsu's fugitive status or his history of fraud. Those among us with the slightest bit of common sense will understand that Politicians don’t blindly accept large contributions. They know who they receive it from.

Case in point – this story from the New York Daily News:

“Team Clinton can't explain ignoring warnings on Hsu”

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's campaign couldn't explain yesterday why it blew off warnings about felon-turned-fund-raiser Norman Hsu - and the Daily News learned FBI agents are collecting e-mail evidence in the widening scandal.

Yesterday, the campaign insisted it did all it should to vet Hsu after California businessman Jack Cassidy warned in June that Hsu's investment operation was fishy. Cassidy e-mailed his tips to the California Democratic Party, which forwarded them to the Clinton campaign.

His warning "prompted a search of publicly available information, which did not reveal Mr. Hsu's decade-plus-old warrant," said Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson. He would not say why the campaign didn't follow up on specifics Cassidy included to explain his suspicions.

"They knew [about Hsu], and they knew back in June," a source told The News.

To her credit, Clinton has said that she will return the $850,000 donated by Hsu. Of course, she’s doing this 3 months AFTER she was warned about Hsu’s illegal activities (and only AFTER the story was made public).

This is a HUGE story. But, it is a story involving the Democrats “culture of corruption.” So, it will be conveniently ignored by the media. And, the American voters will be none the wiser.

They will continue to believe that only Republicans were involved in the Jack Abramoff scandal, and only Republicans would be so corrupt as to accept illegal campaign donations.


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