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Saturday, March 3, 2007
Ruddy Gets Passive-Aggressive on Clintons
Topic: Newsmax

Christopher Ruddy is engaging in some strange passive-aggressive behavior regarding the Clintons.

Earlier, we noted that Ruddy uncharacteristically praised the Clinton administration to the New York Times (which he didn't note to his NewsMax readers), but a week later returned to form by trashing him in a NewsMax column.

Now, Ruddy chats with the London Times in a March 2 article, (linked to from NewsMax but not otherwise promoted as featuring its leader):

“She’s moderated her image. She’s tougher on the War on Terror and she has not aligned herself with the antiwar Left. Some conservatives think she’s not  all bad,” said Christopher Ruddy, who runs NewsMax, America’s biggest conservative online magazine.

Mr Ruddy said that Mrs Clinton could be more difficult to attack than her  husband.

“She’s been clever. She’s even won big in Republican districts in up-state New York [the state she represents in the Senate].

She just doesn’t get the level of intensity of love and hate that Bill Clinton  got.”

That belies the fact that Ruddy and NewsMax have, in fact, been regularly attacking Hillary. Not only is Ruddy featuring Dick Morris' Hillary-bashing commentaries (while not disclosing to any sufficient extent that Morris is actively working against Hillary), a March 3 article by "NewsMax Staff" tries to tar Hillary with pardon President Clinton made before he left office. And Ruddy's column in which he contradicted his New York Times statements went on to state that " Hillary will have a difficult time persuading Americans she deserves to have [the "tough on terror" mantle] and become our commander in chief."

While NewsMax is not (yet) so monomanical about Hillary as it was about hating Bill Clinton during his presidency -- after all, it's also currently working to bring down John McCain as well -- Ruddy's suggestion that Hillary isn't getting attacked at all by conservatives is highly misleading.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:09 AM EST

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