I was reading a friend’s October issue of Newsmax Magazine, and came across yet another apparently paid-for PR spread for Bill Clinton. Some excerpts from “Bill Clinton Gets His Groove Back”:

One person President Obama might want to add to his BlackBerry speed dial soon is Bill Clinton…[who] has regained momentum. In a big way.

In early August, Clinton’s success in negotiating the release of two U.S. journalists from imprisonment in North Korea spotlighted his role as global elder statesman.

For Clinton, the meeting was also a personal triumph. It reminded Americans of his stellar role as international statesman, an important one he played during the George W. Bush years when world opinion had turned against the United States.

Unlike former President Jimmy Carter, Clinton had used his global goodwill to serve as intermediary between heads of state and the Bush administration…Today, Clinton is doing best what he has done since he left office: serving as an ambassador of goodwill for the United States.

Once again, Newsmax is allowing itself to be a forum for recycling and propagating the perception of Bill Clinton that was cultivated for consumption by the brain-dead masses, with buzz words like “global elder statesman” and “goodwill ambassador.” It also buys into the notion of world opinion turning against the U.S. during Bush for legitimate reasons, as opposed to the timeless distaste for America strong-arming evil. At the same time, the magazine is forgetting that the U.S. turned into nothing short of a laughing stock under Clinton and his Chicken Diplomacy.

Even if the Bushes eventually succumbed to Clinton’s tutelage, the magazine wants readers to willingly forget that these “intermediary” roles Clinton played between states started out as rogue, backdoor meetings and negotiations with international leaders to undermine current U.S. policy, which was then in the hands of the enemy, as Clinton saw it. In one case, he preempted a meeting that the Bushes were to have with the Canadian prime minister, who immediately canceled the next day’s lunch with the sitting president. In another case, Clinton had a secret mystery meeting with Saudi Prince Abdullah at a hotel in Houston in 2002, and the next day the prince was spouting all the Democratic anti-Bush talking points and insults. Clinton was meeting with world leaders one by one, as if assuring them that the 2000 Republican victory was an aberration and that in a short four years the Democrats would be back in control and so there was no need to cooperate with the current administration. He wasn’t being a “goodwill ambassador”; he was running a parallel government and undermining the sitting president.

For some reason, Newsmax has been at the forefront of Clinton-presidency revisionism as it tries to demonstrate just how bad Obama is. Missing the point, of course, that the Clinton presidency paved the way to an Obama presidency. (Compare their teflon-ism and race-war stirring.) As for the North Korea “mission,” even a bum on the street recognizes that as a pre-arranged publicity stunt for North Korea, with the two journalists’ release never being in question.

In the second half of the two-page, loving, photo-lined spread, we get an update on the (s)ex-president’s latest activities and the requisite plug for his foundation:

…Just days after his return from the mission, he joined drug company executives to announce a deal to provide lower-cost AIDS and tuberculosis medications to patients in developing nations. He also joined two Obama administration Cabinet secretaries in Las Vegas to express support for a clean energy policy. On Aug. 9, he announced plans to lead an international trade mission of private investors to Haiti to pursue energy and other development projects…

“Bill Clinton still has the juice,” Democratic strategist Donna Brazile has said. “People trust him, and he has an important role to play.”

While most modern presidents have faded into relative obscurity after leaving the White House, Clinton chose another path, reinventing the concept of the post-presidency…The [William J. Clinton Foundation] has been Clinton’s base of operations since he established it in 2001, with a focus on seeking private and corporate help in major global initiatives ranging from fighting AIDS to alleviating poverty in the Third World. […]

So now Clinton’s well-known pathological need for the spotlight has turned into “reinventing the concept of the post-presidency” — meaning that a publication which was once a principled leader of the “vast Rightwing conspiracy” against the Clintons has succumbed to the Clintonian spin for framing what Clinton is.

Here’s how Bill Clinton expressed his appreciation the other day for this pro-Clinton change of heart:

Bill Clinton speaks of vast, right-wing conspiracy

Bill Clinton says a vast, right-wing conspiracy that once targeted him is now focusing on President Barack Obama.

The ex-president made the comment in a television interview when he was asked about one of the signature moments of the Monica Lewinsky affair over a decade ago. Back then, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton used the term “vast, right-wing conspiracy” to describe how her husband’s political enemies were out to destroy his presidency.

Bill Clinton was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether the conspiracy is still there. He replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.”

Clinton said that this time around, the focus is on Obama and “their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.”

In other words, Newsmax is happily Bushifying itself. Meaning that even while it kisses Clinton’s prostate as the Bushes had done, he trashes it at every turn.

But enough about Bill Clinton. Check out Bill Clinton lately:

Bill Clinton basks in role of world savior (Sept. 23)

NEW YORK (AFP) – World leaders gathering in New York to resolve global problems? Sounds like the UN General Assembly — well, except when they’re all across town with Bill Clinton.

The Democratic Party legend basked Tuesday in his unofficial role of world problem solver as he opened the fifth annual session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), timed to coincide with the huge UN meeting a few blocks away.

Swelling, movie-style music accompanied the white-haired Clinton as he took the stage at the Sheraton hotel….President Barack Obama gave the keynote speech, saying “Bill Clinton has helped improve and save the lives of millions.”

In the audience sat another 60 current and former heads of state, along with the chief executives of Coca-Cola, Nissan, ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, while Hollywood stars like Matt Damon and Demi Moore added the sort of pizazz the United Nations rarely enjoys.

The annual four-day networking, brain-storming and fundraising session also gives Clinton an extraordinarily high-profile platform eight years after leaving the White House.

His wife Hillary may be secretary of state, but the 42nd president remains as famous, if not more so — a status boosted by his successful mission to Pyongyang in August to bring back two US journalists arrested in North Korea.

As Obama said, Clinton could “have settled for a life of quiet, a life of ease, a life of improved golf scores [not really]…but he chose a different path.” […]

Not much difference between this mainstream pabulum from the AFP and today’s Newsmax, when it comes to Bill Clinton.

It’s thanks to this kind of vigilance by our once “alternative” media that, 10 years later, Bill Clinton and the rest of his administration are still able to get away with bombshells like this one that he delivered at his confab across from the UN General Assembly:

“Clinton continued, discussing the war in Kosovo, on which he said there was ‘never a more righteous cause…’”

The “cause,” of course, being to secure a legacy beyond the word ‘Lewinsky’.