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Is Scaife trying to buy Palin?

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Is Sarah Palin a Best-Selling Author?

Election 2012
Opposing Obama

Like Rupert Murdoch, who was behind Newt Gingrich's $4.5 million book deal, Richard Melon Scaife is an expert at using his money to manipulate public opinion. But when these propagandists use their money to package politicians the way that soap is marketed, the question becomes; Did Sarah Palin sell one million books or did Richard Melon Scaife buy a million books and launder them through Newsmax, to manufacture a bestseller?

Christopher W. Ruddy started on September 16, 1998, supported by a group of conservative investors, including the family of the late Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Casey. Richard Mellon Scaife, his former employer at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and a supporter of conservative causes, invested in the fledging company, an that makes him a major stakeholder of the plot to make Sarah Palin a bestselling author.

It is amusing to watch the Conservative "bulk book buying machine" push Sarah Palin's book to the top after only the second day that it was made available. Clearly, since outfits like "Newsmax" were giving it away for free, Sarah Palin is not really a bestselling author. She is merely the Conservative mouthpiece who is being used to pawn of the neo-conservative agenda.

Sarah Palin is being marketed like a pair of Nike shoes, the Tiger Woods of the Republican party. She does not sell books. She sells her celebrity status. Nobody wants to purchase a book that was allegely written by her, but is written for her by a ghostwriter who is essentially sticking to the well publicized script that Sarah Palin is a viable, presidential candidate.

Conservatives pre-order a whole ton of books that nobody wants and if Newsmax fails to give them away, the Conservative Book Club sells them at a loss. Clearly, this makes Sarah Palin the recipient of a marketing scheme, the suggestion that she is a bestselling author is an insult to the intelligence.

Needless to say, the purpose of making it appear as if Sarah Palin is a bestselling author is to make her a part of the arsenal that is supposed to topple Obama. Ironically, the more publicity Sarah Palin gets, the dumber she looks, and when Conservative blowhards repeatedly extol intellectual abilities that don't exist, they make total fools of themselves.

The money that is used to make Sarah Palin a household joke is significant, and it is a shame that it is wasted in this manner. By 1999, according to the Washington Post, Scaife's foundations had forked over $340 million dollars to conservative causes and groups.

Scaife began his efforts to manipulate the political process through a shady donation of $990,000 to the 1972 re-election campaign of Richard Nixon. Due to loopholes, he wasn't charged with a crime, but roughly $45,000 of that went to a fund linked to the Watergate scandal.

The zeal to destroy the opposition was so extreme that even a semi-obscure Arkansas governor named Bill Clinton was targeted. Fearing that this guy actually stood a decent chance of beating George Herbert Walke Bush in the 1992 election, Scaife brought out all the guns. He was a major backer of The American Spectator, a right-wing magazine that was planning an all-out smear campaign, commonly referred to as "The Arkansas Project." The purpose was to find out anything about Clinton, and if that wasn't good enough, just make stuff up. This is where stuff like Paula Jones came from. And later Whitewater, the "suicide" of Vince Foster (which they tried to paint as a murder that the Clinton's were responsible for). The purpose was to force Clinton from office and endlessly dog and harass him and his family. This was with the help of Scaife's own personal attack dog reporter, Christopher Ruddy, who is cuurently trying to sell Sarah Palin through

The effort to topple a president continues, and it is amazing that it is still tolerated, having repeatedly sunk money into what is theoretically treason.

Scaife reportedly sunk almost $2 million dollars (not counting money he gave to then-House Speaker and Clinton antagonist Newt Gingrich's various groups), giving Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, a great deal to chew on. Ironically (or predictably), Scaife endowed a new school of public policy at Pepperdine University, and Starr was named its first dean. A controversy brewed, and Starr turned it down, before accepting it again in 2004.

Scaife also sunk money into the American Enterprise Institute, paving the opportunity to prop up the epicenter of neo-conservatism, the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), as well as the Federalist Society, the starting point for conservative trash-talker Ann Coulter. Coulter's scathing columns have since been published in various Scaife media ventures.

And while hypocrites like Bill O'Reilly and his ilk constantly charge that Soros funds MMfA (Media Matters For America), several conservative-leaning media watchdogs have stuck their hands in Scaife's cookie jar. Directly. The Center for Media and Public Affairs is one, and the ironically-titled Accuracy in Media is another beneficiary. They (AIM) were out front in the whole Vince Foster conspiracy. But the most well-known of these watchdogs is the Media Research Center (MRC), headed by Brent Bozell, complete with a $6 million annual budget and 60 staff members. And they've even branched out, starting their very own news organization, the Cybercast (formerly Conservative) News Service (CNS). They were the ones who claimed they had proof of Saddam Hussein's WMD's. In addition, the MRC started up a MMfA-type blog, MRC's affiliate, the Parents Television Council (PTC), is similar in nature. The MRC has also helped encourage the efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose purpose was to dog John Kerry with lies and vague accusations during the 2004 presidential campaign. And unlike MMfA, the MRC/PTC has actually taken their fight against liberalism to the government, in the form of various complaints to the FCC.

Scaife has also thrown money at right-wing news organizations. Besides his ownership of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he has an ownership stake in He donated to Heritage Society and Moral Majority founder Paul Weyrich's Free Congress Foundation, which in turn started an ill-fated conservative TV network, National Empowerment Television (later America's Voice), a venture that turned out to be a financial sinkhole that nobody watched. He also sent $330,000 directly to the Western Journalism Center, which helped start Joseph Farah's

Scaife sent money to the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, a group founded by former Marxist-turned-right wing activist David Horowitz. Horowitz in turn started, Discover the Networks, which tracks funding to and from left-leaning causes, and most curiously, the Matt Drudge Defense Fund, which supported him in a lawsuit a few years back. Needless to say, Drudge knows who his sugardaddy is.

Scaife is also a well established buyer of books, in mass quantities. Those high rankings on the New York Times bestseller lists for conservative books, are beginning to sound like rigged elections. Those conservative book clubs offering titles for ridiculously low prices, are beginning to sound like the public isn't buying what the neo-Cons are selling.

Conservatives have even turned the prestige of being on the New York Times bestselling list into an illusion.

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