‘Filthy Rich’ Shamelessly White-Washes Jeffrey Epstein’s Ties to Bill Clinton

The new Netflix documentary on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal does its level best to avoid implicating Bill Clinton. This is not a surprise.



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It'll be a cold day in Jeffrey Epstein's new backyard before we see anything on Netflix that shines a light on the likes of Bill Clinton. | Source: New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP. Image edited by CCN.com.
  • The new Netflix documentary on Jeffrey Epstein has a clear agenda.
  • Former President Bill Clinton has links to the producer of “Filthy Rich,” and damage-control seemed to be a priority.
  • Netflix has always been left-leaning. You’ll not see any real criticism of the blue side of U.S. politics on the streaming platform.

It was with a certain amount of curiosity that I watched the new Netflix documentary on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. I was particularly eager to see how “Filthy Rich” handled Epstein’s ties to wealthy celebrities and powerful politicians like Bill Clinton.

I should have known what to expect, considering the platform the documentary was streaming on, and more importantly, who was behind it.

Quite simply, Netflix is left-leaning.

Susan Rice, a former National Security Advisor during the Obama presidency, is on the Netflix board of directors. And the streaming platform paid a fortune to the Obamas to produce films and series.

Those political inclinations permeate most of the service’s original content, but there was something that made “Filthy Rich” even less intellectually honest.

‘Filthy Rich’ is just as concerned with exonerating Bill Clinton as exposing Jeffrey Epstein

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One of the more interesting aspects of the Netflix documentary on Jeffrey Epstein was the casual way it tried to gloss over the role Bill Clinton had to play in the horrific story. | Source: K2 images/Shutterstock.com

The producer of the Epstein documentary is James Patterson, who has collaborated with former U.S. President Bill Clinton on two books. He claims working with Bill was “a highlight of my career.”

That’s why it’s disappointing – but not altogether surprising – that the Netflix series casually glosses over the role Clinton played in the horrific scandal.

The documentary is quick to acknowledge that Clinton did travel to Epstein’s island (something Bill still refuses to admit). As actor Steven Pasquale points out, there’s very little chance of that level of involvement without knowing what was going on.

There’s a lot of guilty names out there, but some are being looked at more than others. | Source: Twitter

Yet the documentary goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure Clinton isn’t scrutinized as closely as other Epstein associates.

Epstein had two types of “friends,” it would appear. Those who would partake in the sordid goings-on, and those who were strictly engaging with Jeffrey Epstein for business purposes.

Damage-limitation is the name of the game for Netflix. | Source: Twitter

The problem is that virtually any other famous name mentioned in the same breath as Jeffrey Epstein today is looked upon as part of the former group, even if there’s no evidence to suggest this.

Bill Clinton will get off scot-free – just like always

The documentary makers were so obviously keen on Clinton not being tarnished with the same brush as the likes of Prince Andrew that it seemed that person after person interviewed went out of their way to claim they “never saw him do anything untoward.”

While that may very well be true, it doesn’t mean he should be let off the hook.

I find it incredibly difficult to believe that anyone who visited that island didn’t know what was going on. Even someone who wasn’t actively taking part.

But did “Filthy Rich” explore this contradiction? No. Instead, we’re left with the impression that it’s force-feeding us the narrative that Bill Clinton was just a bumbling, trusting man of innocence.

Good old Bill, the actual Teflon President. People talk about Trump managing to avoid paying for his actions, but at least he’s widely recognized for the individual that he is.

Bill Clinton doesn’t just get away with it, but somehow people still view him as the “cool president” who was more like a rebellious uncle than anything else.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the main aim of the documentary was to make sure everyone knew that Clinton wasn’t involved with Jeffrey Epstein “in that way.”

It’ll be a cold day in Jeffrey Epstein’s new backyard before we see anything on Netflix that shines a light on the likes of Bill Clinton. Or anyone else on the blue side of U.S. politics, for that matter.

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Author: Aubrey Hansen

I'm a full-time royal & entertainment commentator at CCN. I've had my opinions and links to my work on the royal family featured by outlets such as The Daily Mail, International Business Times, and The Express. Reach me at aubrey.hansen@ccn.com, visit my LinkedIn profile here or my Twitter profile here.

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