Numerous Errors In Clinton Cash Have Been Removed On Kindle

Numerous Errors In Clinton Cash Have Been Removed On Kindle

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Clinton Cash publisher HarperCollins and author Peter Schweizer have changed "seven or eight" inaccurate passages in the Kindle version of the error-riddled book, according to Politico

As Media Matters noted, Republican activist and consultant Peter Schweizer's book contains over twenty errors, fabrications, and distortions. A diverse array of outlets such as ABC News, MSNBC, PolitiFact, BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Politico, Slate, and Newsweek have picked apart the book for factual problems.

Politico notes that Schweizer walked back claims about Bill Clinton being paid for a series of speeches arranged by an Irish billionaire and also removed a reference to a hoax press release he had cited in the original version of the book.

Schweizer alleged in his chapter "Disaster Capitalism Clinton-Style" that Hillary Clinton's State Department "was quick to send taxpayer money" through a program called the Haiti Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI) to the company of Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, who had allegedly helped arrange paid speeches for Bill Clinton around the same time that amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

As evidence, Schweizer claimed O'Brien "arranged at least three lucrative speeches in Ireland, for which Bill was paid $200,000 apiece, as well as a speech in Jamaica." However, BuzzFeed reported that "according to Clinton spokesperson Matt McKenna, neither the former president nor the Clinton Foundation was paid for two of the three speeches Clinton gave in Ireland, and that while the Foundation did receive a donation following his Sept. 29, 2010 speech, Clinton himself was not compensated."

That reference has been revised to now read: "O'Brien arranged speeches in Ireland, as well as a speech in Jamaica." The Kindle version also corrected an erroneous speech date which served as a marker in Schweizer's Digicel conspiracy timeline.

Here is what Schweizer wrote in his hardcover book, with what was changed highlighted in bold:

O'Brien was in turn making money for the Clintons.

O'Brien arranged at least three lucrative speeches in Ireland, for which Bill was paid $200,000 apiece, as well as a speech in Jamaica. Bill's October 9, 2013, speech at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin was his third in three years, "and was mostly facilitated by billionaire Irish tycoon Denis O'Brien," noted Irish Central"Last year Clinton delivered the keynote address at the Worldwide Ireland Funds annual conference in Cork. ... The year before he was flown over to Ireland on O'Brien's private jet to deliver a speech at the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle."

The timing of these paid speeches is also notable. The Haitian Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI) was announced in June 2010. Three months later, on September 29, Bill gave a speech at Dublin castle sponsored by O'Brien. The next day, Digicel filed notice of its intent to compete for HMMI contracts. In January of the following year, Digicel became the first company to be awarded funds for participation in HMMI.

On October 8, 2011, Bill gave a speech for the Global Irish Economic Forum, again facilitated by O'Brien. The following day, Digicel was awarded $100,000 through HMMI, which it was to split with fellow cell provider Voila. Two weeks later, Clinton gave a speech in Jamaica for $225,000 on "Our Common Humanity." The speech was sponsored by Whisky Productions, in partnership with O'Brien's Digicel.  [Clinton Cash, 2015, pp. 167-168]

Here is what Schweizer writes in the revised Kindle version, with the changes bolded:

O'Brien was in turn making money for the Clintons.

O'Brien arranged speeches in Ireland, as well as a speech in Jamaica. Bill's October 9, 2013, speech at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin was his third in three years, "and was mostly facilitated by billionaire Irish tycoon Denis O'Brien," noted Irish Central"(In 2011) he was flown over to Ireland on O'Brien's private jet to deliver a speech at the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle." In October 2010, Clinton gave a speech in Jamaica for $225,000 on "Our Common Humanity." The speech was sponsored by Whisky Productions, in partnership with O'Brien's Digicel.

The timing of these paid speeches is also notable. The Haitian Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI) was announced in June 2010. Three months later, on September 29, Bill gave a speech at Dublin castle sponsored by O'Brien. The next day, Digicel filed notice of its intent to compete for HMMI contracts. In January of the following year, Digicel became the first company to be awarded funds for participation in HMMI.

On October 8, 2011, Bill gave a speech for the Global Irish Economic Forum, again facilitated by O'Brien. The following day, Digicel was awarded $100,000 through HMMI, which it was to split with fellow cell provider Voila.

The revised Kindle version also removes an embarrassing instance in which Schweizer fell for a fake press release.

Schweizer wrote in his hardcover version that after Hillary Clinton left her secretary of state position, TD Bank announced "it will begin selling its $1.6 billion worth of shares" in the Keystone XL pipeline. However, that press release was "revealed to be fake in 2013." 

Here is what Schweizer wrote in his hardcover version, with the section removed from the Kindle version highlighted in bold:

Obama's edict that the pipeline issue not be settled until after the 2012 elections effectively sealed its fate, at least as it related to Hillary's ability to get it approved. By January 2013 she was gone from Foggy Bottom.

Five months later, in June 2013, TD Bank announced that "it will begin selling its $1.6 billion worth of shares in the massive but potentially still-born Keystone XL crude pipeline project." The bank said in a statement, "TD will gradually sell its $1.6 billion take in Keystone XL as the first step toward transitioning away from investment in oil sands extraction entirely."

Too bad for TD Bank. But the Clintons got paid regardless. [Clinton Cash, 2015, p. 111]

While Clinton Cash has had numerous errors removed, many other problems with the book remain uncorrected. 

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