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Weinstein's Complicity Machine (Huge Ties to Hillary & Campaign)
The NY Times ^ | 12-6-2017 | Megan Twohey & Staff

Posted on 12/07/2017 5:53:52 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

Harvey Weinstein built his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing. He courted those who could provide the money or prestige to enhance his reputation as well as his power to intimidate.

In the weeks and months before allegations of his methodical abuse of women were exposed in October, Mr. Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, pulled on all the levers of his carefully constructed apparatus.

He gathered ammunition, sometimes helped by the editor of The National Enquirer, who had dispatched reporters to find information that could undermine accusers. He turned to old allies, asking a partner in Creative Artists Agency, one of Hollywood’s premier talent shops, to broker a meeting with a C.A.A. client, Ronan Farrow, who was reporting on Mr. Weinstein. He tried to dispense favors: While seeking to stop the actress Rose McGowan from writing in a memoir that he had sexually assaulted her, he tried to arrange a $50,000 payment to her former manager and throw new business to a literary agent advising Ms. McGowan. The agent, Lacy Lynch, replied to him in an email: “No one understands smart, intellectual and commercial like HW.”

Mr. Weinstein’s final, failed round of manipulations shows how he operated for more than three decades: by trying to turn others into instruments or shields for his behavior, according to nearly 200 interviews, internal company records and previously undisclosed emails. Some aided his actions without realizing what he was doing. Many knew something or detected hints, though few understood the scale of his sexual misconduct. Almost everyone had incentives to look the other way or reasons to stay silent.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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Now, even as the tally of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds is still emerging, so is a debate about collective failure and the apportioning of blame.
1 posted on 12/07/2017 5:53:52 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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A good article that lays it all out there for all to see. Amazingly, coming from The NY Times!

“If Mr. Weinstein built his wall of invulnerability from many varied bricks, it was covered with a sheen of celebrity. He created stars through his movies, but he also acquired famous friends through his other activities, including in the Democratic politics that dominate Hollywood.

Chief among them were Bill and Hillary Clinton. Over the years, Mr. Weinstein provided them with campaign cash and Hollywood star power, inviting Mrs. Clinton to glittery premieres and offering to send her films. After Mr. Clinton faced impeachment in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he donated $10,000 to Mr. Clinton’s legal defense fund. Mr. Weinstein was a fund-raiser and informal adviser during Mrs. Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign, a guest in her hotel suite when she won and a host of an A-list victory party. He was an early backer of both her presidential bids.

Mr. Weinstein’s political activity — he provided consistent support for Mr. Obama as well — boosted his image as a man with friends in high places and close ties to the country’s leading female politician. It is not clear if rumors of his record of sexual misconduct had ever reached them.”


2 posted on 12/07/2017 5:57:31 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Kapo reassures scared girl before her train ride to the countryside

3 posted on 12/07/2017 5:59:52 AM PST by gaijin (Basically Obama lawyers would blatantly make up some totally groundless allegation against a fat cas)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

History will record that Hillary Clinton was able to reach her political zenith only with the aid and association with corrupt and decadent men such as Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein and Tony Podesta. She is nothing more than a lesbian, criminal, power hungry fraud.


4 posted on 12/07/2017 6:00:43 AM PST by allendale (.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

. It is not clear if rumors of his record of sexual misconduct had ever reached them.”...

Except for that line :)

They ALL knew and didn’t care.

Instead of bringing all these libs down as a pretext to going after Trump, they should THANK Trump for taking away the protection that clintons and obama gave them.


5 posted on 12/07/2017 6:00:46 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know that if Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: gaijin

Exactly!


6 posted on 12/07/2017 6:00:53 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set!)
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“She is nothing more than a lesbian, criminal, power hungry fraud.”

Been saying that for decades. Ask a Liberal to list her many accomplishments - the few that I know, can’t!


7 posted on 12/07/2017 6:02:19 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set!)
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“Instead of bringing all these libs down as a pretext to going after Trump, they should THANK Trump for taking away the protection that clintons and obama gave them.”

These people are as organized as Organized Crime!


8 posted on 12/07/2017 6:02:59 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

TUrds of a feather fluck together!


9 posted on 12/07/2017 6:03:07 AM PST by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Weinstein, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama operated a RICO style racket where rich Hollywood movie stars and producers and other well connected individuals donated huge sums of money and provided media support to Democrat Politicians and in return, the Hollywood set gained political influence and were made above the law and politically untouchable for illegal activities like drug dealing, sex crimes, tax evasion and shady business dealings.
10 posted on 12/07/2017 6:03:53 AM PST by rdcbn
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

There is SO MUCH truth to your statement.

In fact it should be taken very seriously.


11 posted on 12/07/2017 6:06:03 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know that if Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: rdcbn

Yes, but was it their INTENT to break the law?


12 posted on 12/07/2017 6:06:30 AM PST by daler
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Some aided his actions without realizing what he was doing.

Like Hillary Clinton and other Democrats as they are trying to imply.
13 posted on 12/07/2017 6:07:29 AM PST by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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I’ve noticed the trolls have been here carrying on about how the Dems are using ones like Weinstein and Franken to try to frame Republicans and conservatives. However, this would require people to start trusting the establishment media’s narrative on this and other matters and they no longer have that control like they did even when Clinton was in the White House.


14 posted on 12/07/2017 6:07:46 AM PST by OttawaFreeper ("If I had to go to war again, I'd bring lacrosse players" Conn Smythe)
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It’s not amazing that it comes from NYT.

NYT has decided that the Arkansas grifters (both of them) have to go in order to facilitate the Bright Shining Future™ that Presidentess Kamala Harris will provide.


15 posted on 12/07/2017 6:07:50 AM PST by Jim Noble (Single payer is coming. Which kind do you like?)
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Herewith, for your edification, are the Certified Democrat Degenerates......the scum that vilify and destroy America's Judeo-Christian ethics and values in movies promoted as being "diverse, politically correct, and socially relevant."

HOLLYWOOD'S CERTIFIED DEMOCRAT DEGENERATES
FINANCED BILL CLINTON'S LEWINSKY SEX MESS

According to FEC Info, an Internet Web site (www.tray.com) that tracks federal political contributions, 176 individual donors actually contributed $10,000 or more to the lewinsky-era Clinton Legal Expense Trust fund through Dec 1999. Another 21 donors gave $10,000 in the first six months of 2000.

Thanks to Hollywood's generosity, a total of more than $2.2 million was raised in six months, which was notably more than was collected in funding during the previous four years of his presidency—combined. Hollywood producers and stars made up the bulk of the most generous givers. They included:

<><> Universal Studios tycoon Lew Wasserman and his wife, Edith, who have given $60,000;

<><>DreamWorks trio Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, $20,000 each;

<><> producer Ron Burkle and his wife, Janet, $40,000;

<><> producers Peg and Bud Yorkin, $30,000;

<><> TV producer Norman Lear, $20,000.

Entertainment celebrities and executives giving $10,000 included:

<><> singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand;

<><> actors Michael Douglas and Tom Hanks;

<><> director Ron Howard; producer Gail Zappa;

<><>Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson.

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When Bill Clinton was at the height of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, Hollywood was by his side, offering donations for his legal fees, and one significant donor was a man who is now going through his own sex scandal—Harvey Weinstein.

Billionaire Harvey Weinstein raised $1,422,683 for federal candidates and political entities between 1990-2016. That’s small potatoes for his 27 years of rank Democratism, sucking up to feminism and upholding so-called abortion rights as he rampaged and assaulted young women. Adds up to about $5300 a year. Something tells me there are a lot of cash payments off-the-record being paid. (hat tip outpostinmass2) Crunching the numbers as outpost did does give us a sharper look at the political money game as played by the conniving Clintons.

Harvey also gave a bundle to the nefarious tax-exempt Clinton Foundation and perhaps to offshoots of the Clintons tax-free entities.

Did Harvey's donations to the C/F go to "do-good projects"? Or did they make a circuitous route? Maybe landing back into the Clintons eternal political scams?

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<><> How did the Hollywood elite list payments to Clinton's sex defense fund on their tax returns?

<><>How did the "DreamWorks" trio, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, list their 60,000 dollars to Clinton's sex defense fund?

<><>How did BET list its contribution to Clinton on its corporate statements?

<><> Did Harvey's company list these payments as "business expenses?"

The biggie is the tax element.

<><> Did donors deduct it as a “business expense”,

<><> was it included in assets, payments listed on organization balance sheets as a "liability?"

<><> Did Clinton document it as "income"?

<><> Were the donors given a tax-free certificate from the Clinton Foundation?


16 posted on 12/07/2017 6:09:24 AM PST by Liz (One side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets; the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use)
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To: gaijin

The photographer in me knows a picture can speak louder than words. Post #3 is right on target. Opera the enabler.


17 posted on 12/07/2017 6:10:20 AM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where is your bothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

And we have to stop conyers 3 from going to the senate, he not only raps about bad behavior, he does it just like his old man.

Conyers 111 been a BAD BOY
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/12/06/california-democrats-have-a-sexual-harassment-problem-n2417991?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=


18 posted on 12/07/2017 6:12:22 AM PST by GailA (Ret. SCPO wife: suck it up buttercups it's President Donald Trump!)
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It is not clear if Harvey's record of sexual misconduct had ever reached the liberal Democrat political circles of Obama and Hillary that Harvey traveled in.

It never ceases to amaze me......leading Hollywood lights like Meryl Streep and George Clooney who knew Harvey professionally and socially "did not know."

Yet thousands of miles away at the New York film school, young women graduates were warned not to take jobs at the Weinstein Company.

19 posted on 12/07/2017 6:14:00 AM PST by Liz (One side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets; the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The NYTimes - a lot of info, but ESSENTIALLY the report is working at blaming it all on what I call “maledom” - the charge that it is really all about masculinity, when ALL sexual abuse, whether it’s a Weinstein or a female K-12 teacher seducing 14 year old male student, is really an issue of power and particularly the abuse of power.

Mr Weinstein’s corrupt abuse of power could have taken many forms, but his took the sexual form. It wasn’t “masculinity”, it as Yeshua warned about the “rich man” having a harder time getting into heaven. The issue for the rich, the powerful, is not the riches or the power. It’s the temptations that comes with great wealth and/or great power, including the temptation to abuse power. It is not “masculinity”, but THAT IS the agenda we will hear from the media for the next twenty four months at least.


20 posted on 12/07/2017 6:16:46 AM PST by Wuli
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