Peter Schweizer

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Peter Schweizer
Born Peter Franz Schweizer
(1964-11-24) November 24, 1964 (age 50)
United States
Occupation Author, political advisor
Education Oxford University (M.Phil.)
George Washington University (B.A.)
Genre Politics
Notable works Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy
Website
peterschweizer.com/wordpress

Peter Franz Schweizer (November 24, 1964) is an American author, academic, and political consultant. He is currently the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), and is a former William J. Casey Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.[1] He is also Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large.[2]

Career[edit]

Schweizer's early work at Jeremiah Denton's National Forum Foundation (NFF) focused on major fronts in the Cold War. He co-authored a National Review article with Denton's son, James (often cited as Jim), called "Murdering SDI", about the suspicious deaths of several European officials who supported the Strategic Defense Initiative.[3] While at the NFF, Schweizer also published a report titled "The Meaning and Destiny of the Sandinista Revolution".[4]

Schweizer is credited as the executive producer on In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Words and Deed (2004), which is based on his 2003 book Reagan's War. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an 11% freshness rating based on just 9 reviews.[5] Writing in The New York Times, Ned Martel criticized the film for casting "all issues and personalities exclusively in black and white". He concluded that "Reagan's praises are sung in an operatic documentary that rises to new heights, slipping the surly bonds of hagiography."[6] In The Daily News, Robert Dominguez praised the film for "good use of historical footage to show how a B-list Hollywood actor made the unlikely ascension to commander-in-chief". However, he concludes that, because the film relies so heavily on talking heads like Schweizer and Caspar Weinberger, it "comes off as so much Republican Party propaganda".[7]

From 2008–2009, Schweizer served as a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House.[8] In March 2009, Schweizer parlayed that experience into a new venture with fellow White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen. Together, Schweizer and Thiessen opened Oval Office Writers LLC. The firm specializes in preparation for Congressional testimony, as well as pitching Op-Eds, and book proposals.[9] As a political communications expert, Schweizer's notable clients include Sarah Palin, who he advised on foreign policy.[10]

In 2012, Steve Kroft used Schweizer's work as the basis for a blockbuster report on CBS60 Minutes about Congressional insider trading. Titled "Insiders: The road to the STOCK act", Kroft relied heavily on Schweizer's reporting in Throw Them All Out, which CBS independently verified, to demonstrate how members of Congress trade stocks unethically.[11] The book demonstrates how politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Spencer Bachus have inoculated themselves against criminal charges for insider trading.[12] The following year, Kroft revisited Schweizer's work to create another 60 Minutes report on how members of Congress use the funds of their political action committees for private inurement.[13]

In 2012, Schweizer's GAI authored a report about President Obama's daily briefs. The report consisted of three pages: an executive summary, and a 2-page table with monthly tallies of how many times the daily briefing appeared on the President's calendar according to www.whitehouse.gov. The report concluded that Obama only attended 42.09% of his daily briefings.[14] Schweizer's business partner at Oval Office Writers, Marc Thiessen, promptly penned a column in the The Washington Post titled "Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?",[15] which yielded a flood of media coverage and an attack ad from American Crossroads. Two weeks later, a correspondent at The Washington Post fact-checked the charge that Obama skipped more than half of his daily briefings and assigned it "Three Pinocchios".[16] Thiessen responded to this report, giving "Four Pinocchios" to the fact-checker. [17] The Post asserted Schweizer misrepresented the President's Daily Brief as a meeting, when it is actually a Top Secret document that Obama reads daily, citing its own previous reporting on how Obama approached the PDB.[18]

A year later, Schweizer authored another GAI report about the Obama administration which claimed that the President failed to meet often enough with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius during the height of the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).[19] He publicized the report with a story for Politico titled "When Barry Met Kathy: Almost never, it turns out".[20] Schweizer's report relied on publicly available information about the President's schedule, but three months later, after making FOIA requests of non-public documents, The Hill found evidence of multiple meetings with both scheduled to attend, including seven specifically about the ACA.[21]

In addition to his prolific non-fiction writing, Schweizer has co-authored two novels with former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Schweizer is also a member of the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute.[22]

Schweizer contributed to Glenn Beck's book Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure.[23]

Clinton Cash[edit]

In 2015, Harper Collins published Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, a 256-page book investigating the donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities.[24] Several media outlets received advanced copies, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Fox News, all of whom agreed to pursue stories found in the book.[24] The New York Times noted that Schweizer mainly wrote the book in the voice of a neutral journalist, and provided meticulous documentation of its sources.[24]

Many of the claims made in Clinton Cash were confirmed by credible media researchers.[25] The book has also faced various criticisms.[26] Time noted Schweizer's heavy use of loaded questions, "allegations are presented as questions rather than proof".[27]

Clinton Cash contained several notable errors. In the wake of this new information,[28] Harper Collins and the author made several corrections to the Kindle edition of the book. Schweizer retracted the passage about TD Bank and the claim that Clinton gave paid speeches for O'Brien. His initial "global fix" included "7-8 factual corrections", according to Harper Collins.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Schweizer lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Rhonda (often cited as Rochelle) and their children.[30][31] The two have co-authored books about Disney and the Bush family. They met while she worked at the National Forum Foundation (NFF), which merged with Freedom House in 1997.[32][33]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Schweizer Expertise: International Relations National Security U.S. Presidency Peter Schweizer". Hoover Institution. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hillary Clinton’s Brother Defends Haiti Gold Mine Deal: ‘I Raise Money for a Lot of People". Breitbart News. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Hey, Nigel. The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race for Missile Defense, Potomac Books, 2006.
  4. ^ Schweizer, Peter. "The Meaning and Destiny of the Sandinista Revolution", National Forum Foundation, 1987.
  5. ^ Rotten Tomatoes. Reagan: In the Face of Evil. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Martel, Ned. "Ronald Reagan, in Black and White", The New York Times, October 29, 2004. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Bernhard, Jami, and Robert Dominguez. "Movie Digest", The Daily News, November 5, 2004. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  8. ^ The Federalist Society, "Peter Schweizer. Accessed: April 24, 2105.
  9. ^ Alexovich, Ariel; Klingebiel, Jacqueline (March 25, 2009). "Suite Talk March 25, 2009: Speechwriters Open New Outlet". The Politico. 
  10. ^ Pitcher, Whitney. "SarahPAC Hires a New Foreign Policy Adviser?; Updated: SarahPAC Confirms", Conservatives4Palin.com, May 3, 2011. Accessed: May 3, 2015.
  11. ^ Kroft, Steve. "Insiders: The road to the STOCK act. 60 Minutes, June 17, 2012. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Boyer, Peter J. "Peter Schweizer's New Book Blasts Congressional Corruption. Newsweek, November 13, 2011. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Kroft, Steve. "Washington's open secret: Profitable PACs. 60 Minutes, October 21, 2013. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  14. ^ Schweizer, Peter. "Report Update: Presidential Daily Briefings: A Time-Based Analysis", Government Accountability Institute, September 30, 2014. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  15. ^ Thiessen, Marc A. "Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?", The Washington Post, September 10, 2012. Accessed: April 24, 2012.
  16. ^ Kessler, Glenn. "The bogus claim that Obama ‘skips’ his intelligence briefings", The Washington Post, September 24, 2012. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  17. ^ Thiessen, Marc A. "A bogus defense of Obama's intelligence briefing record", The Washington Post, September 25, 2012. Accessed: May 22, 2015.
  18. ^ Pincus, Walter. "Measuring a President's Approach on Foreing Policy", The Washington Post, January 16, 2012. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  19. ^ Schweizer, Peter. "GAI Report: “Presidential Meetings With Cabinet Secretaries”, Government Accountability Institute, December 10, 2013. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  20. ^ Schweizer, Peter. "When Barry Met Kathy: Almost never, it turns out", Politico. December 5, 2013. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  21. ^ Bogardus, Kevin, and Jonathan Easley. "Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius made many trips to White House", The Hill, February 13, 2014. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  22. ^ "Research Advisory Council". James Madison Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure". Amazon. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  24. ^ a b c Amy Chozick. "New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation". New York Times. 
  25. ^ Breitbart News. "11 Explosive Clinton Cash Facts Mainstream Media Confirm Are Accurate", April 26, 2015. Accessed: May 22, 2015.
  26. ^ Maddow, Rachel. "Mainstream lured by anti-Clinton book from activist with dubious record", The Rachel Maddow Show, April 20, 2015. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  27. ^ Frizell, Sam, and Zeke J. Miller, Massimo Calabresi. "Clinton Allies Knock Down Donor Allegations, New Questions Pop Up", Time, April 22, 2015. Accessed, April 24, 2015.
  28. ^ Hananoki, Eric. "Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer's Long History Of Errors, Retractions, And Questionable Sourcing", Media Matters, April 20, 2015. Accessed: May 14, 2015.
  29. ^ Karnie, Annie. "'Clinton Cash' publisher corrects '7 or 8' inaccurate passages, Politico, May 14, 2015. Accessed: May 14, 2015.
  30. ^ Boyer, Peter (2011-11-13). "Peter Schweizer's New Book Blasts Congressional Corruption". Newsweek. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Biography". peterschweizer.com. 
  32. ^ "Our History", Freedom House. Accessed: April 24, 2015.
  33. ^ Aronoff, Roger. "Take Aim: Rochelle Schweizer", Accuracy in Media, October 13, 2010. Accessed: April 24, 2015.

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