Will Media Report? As a Non-Profit Hospital Lays Off Hundreds, Bill Clinton Cashes In

As the Clintons gear up for what appears to be a 2016 presidential run, journalists are already downplaying the potential negatives Bill Clinton would create for Hillary. According to the Washington Times, the former President has cashed in on a non-profit hospital, taking nearly a quarter million dollars in speaking fees as the hospital laid off hundreds. 

Writer Jim McElhatton explained, "Bill Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee from the nonprofit Washington Hospital Center smack in the middle of two big rounds of layoffs in 2012." He added, "The $225,000 payment wasn't made public by the hospital on its annual Internal Revenue Service forms, but rather appeared among dozens of lucrative speeches by Mr. Clinton reported on his wife's final ethics filing as secretary of state." 

Even the liberal Service Employee International Union has complained: 

"No disrespect to Bill Clinton, but that money could've gone a long way and been put to better use," said Dan Fields Jr., president of the Service Employees International Union Local 722 representing hospital workers.

"Our contract expires on June 30, and I'm pretty sure they're going to come to the table and talk about how they're losing money, so this concerns me greatly."

As Clinton took home hundreds of thousands of dollars, "the hospital's financial troubles have been well-documented with reports of layoffs affecting 200 workers in 2011 and another 300 employees last year." 

In January, only CBS covered Rand Paul blasting the former President as a sexual "predator." Will they continue to ignore Bill-inspired pitfalls for Hillary's campaign? 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org