US President Barack Obama speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he holds a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House July 26, 2012. (AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB)
President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Cabinet meeting in 2012. (AFP / Saul Loeb)

Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of conservative Web and cable-TV Newsmax, became famous in the ’90s for wild conspiracy theories suggesting, among other things, that former Clinton White House aide Vince Foster didn’t commit suicide but was murdered and his body then moved.

Ruddy has long since reconciled with the Clintons, has nothing but high praise for the Clinton Foundation and even made a seven-figure donation to it earlier this year, as our colleague Erik Wemple reported in February.

Well, that’s okay.

But this week, Ruddy went much, much further, defending Hillary Clinton and the foundation from allegations in a forthcoming book, “Clinton Cash,” by Peter Schweizer.

Fox News, he wrote,  said on Friday that “the book showed the ‘tangled’ and ‘blurred’ relationships between” the foundation and ” the Clintons’ private or political activities.”

“After watching the Fox program,” Ruddy said, “it became clear to me the only thing ‘tangled’ and ‘blurred’ are the numerous unsubstantiated, unconnected, and baseless allegations being made about them.” Whoa!

And then this: “Even Bill O’Reilly. . . told his Fox audience that the Clintons deserved the ‘presumption of innocence’ and that ‘right now the evidence is circumstantial, not vetted, and the subject of wild speculation by anti-Clinton forces.'”

Hmmm. Those shadowy “anti-Clinton forces?”

“Where there’s smear,” Ruddy concludes, “there’s not always fact.”