Hillary Clinton is still being protected by the friendly mainstream media, which is now "sweeping under the rug" a bombshell new report, radio host Chris Plante said this afternoon. 

AP reported today that more than half of the people "outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation."

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem; and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.

The report was based on calendars released by the State Department, which fought AP for three years on the access request.

Clinton's campaign manager said a small number of meetings were "cherry-picked" off the calendar, calling the analysis "flawed."

"It is outrageous to misrepresent Secretary Clinton's basis for meeting with these individuals," spokesman Brian Fallon said. He called it "a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation."

In a debate on America's Election HQ, Plante said the media bashes and slanders Donald Trump 24/7 while protecting the former First Lady. 

Plante said the AP story is being "swept under the rug" by the mainstream media, which is more focused on what Trump said about the report.

"It's good to be protected by the mass media and go on Jimmy Kimmel and comedy shows and not hold press conferences and win, but if she's ever forced to answer any questions it might hurt her," he argued, agreeing that it's all part of a strategy by Clinton to "run out the clock" on the allegations.

On the other hand, Democrat and syndicated talk radio host Leslie Marshall cast doubt on claims that there was criminality by Clinton with regard to the foundation. 

Marshall likened it to the numerous Benghazi attack investigations by Republicans, saying there's no "smoking gun" at this point that would indicate Clinton committed a crime. 

Watch the full segment above.

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