Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire banking heir and newspaper publisher who died recently at age 82, wasn't just supportive of right-wing causes -- though he was best known for spending millions to dig up dirt on President Bill Clinton. Scaife funded many causes dear to conservatives, but he was libertarian on many social issues. He was a major contributor to Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, supported legalizing gay marriage and marijuana, and opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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Scaife's stance toward the Clintons softened years later. In an interview published in early 2008, he told Vanity Fair magazine he and the former president had a "very pleasant" lunch the previous summer, and "I never met such a charismatic man in my whole life."

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His magazines sure as hell didn't reflect his opposition to the Iraq war.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-06 02:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Dick Scaife was the epitome of a libertarian," said attorney H. Yale Gutnick, who represented his close friend for more than three decades. "He resented government intrusion into our lives while vigorously defending free speech, freedom of the press, the separation of church and state, a woman's right to choose, and other individual liberties.

Well, freedom of the press not so much.

In 1972, Scaife donated $1 million to Nixon in 334 separate checks to avoid paying gift taxes. After The Associated Press wrote a story about the money, Scaife insisted the Tribune-Review get rid of its AP service.

"He ordered us to come in and take out the wire machines that night," Pat Minarcin, then AP's Pittsburgh bureau chief, told The Wall Street Journal for a 1995 story.

#2 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-07-06 03:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Scaife even used his money to infect wikipedia.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-07 12:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

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