Anti-Clinton Video Viral Web Hit
YouTube isn't exactly Hillary Clinton country. And in the past week or so, a new anti-Clinton video called "Hillary Clinton Uncensored" is gaining steam not just on YouTube, where it's been viewed more than 430,000 times, but also on Google Video, where it's taken the top spot, with 1.5 million hits.
The main topic: a star-studded Clinton fundraiser organized by a Hollywood entrepreneur who was a once Clinton supporter and now one of the Democratic front-runner's fiercest foes.
It's a complex story resulting in broken promises, lawsuits -- and a new anti-Clinton film that's getting screened in a few New England college campuses. The anti-Clinton video is only a clip of the movie centered on Peter Paul, a former Stan Lee collaborator who's been convicted of attempting to defraud the Cuban government in the 1970s, among others, and his relationship with the Clintons. In 2000, Paul co-hosted a lavish fundraiser for Clinton's Senate run, but the campaign soon distanced itself from Paul once his criminal convictions came to light. Now aided by producers who created the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Paul's going on a virtual and on-the-ground tour to promote the movie.
In a statement, the Clinton campaign said of the movie and of its producer: "Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven-year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee."
Running a little more than 13 minutes, Paul's clip is much longer than two of the most popular anti-Clinton videos on YouTube. It's not Clinton as an Orwellian Big Brother, which was uploaded in March. Nor it is a clip, now nine months old, of Clinton singing an
off-key rendition of the national anthem.
It's much more complicated.
-- Jose Antonio Vargas
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