Chris Ruddy was a tabloid reporter running the populist Democrat angle at the NY Post who was encouraged, allegedly by Reed Irvine, to pursue the death of Vincent Foster. After a few articles, Reed got cold feet and quit the search, while others continued hot pursuit–and Ruddy saw his star rising.
CIA operative and benefactor, Richard Mellon Scaife, offered to privately fund Ruddy’s pursuit of the Foster case and soon, ‘NewsMax’ was born, and Ruddy had a book published. With many competitors in the Vince Foster investigation, Ruddy attempted to find his own niche, a focus on a wine (or wine cooler–again, memory fades) bottle found near the body that Ruddy suggested might have contained poison as well as an argument about where the body was actually found.
When Patrick Knowlton, a witness at Fort Marcy Park who went against the government line, complained of harassment from various enforcers he thought was government, he hired an attorney who pursued recourse. This is when Ruddy broke the narrative and questioned the motives of Knowlton’s attorney. Ruddy’s main interest, it seemed was to keep a raw partisan view on the Foster case.
And so, it came with only a passingly strange a-hem, that Chris Ruddy is donating $1 million to a Clinton Foundation.