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A few of Hillary Clinton's
greatest hits

SEPTEMBER 2003

 

JIM DWYER, NY TIMES - By the end of the night, 'no' was not quite the word ringing in every ear as the guests - about 150 major campaign donors to the former president or to the senator - left the gathering. During cocktails in the back yard, one group heard former President Bill Clinton say that the national Democratic Party had 'two stars': his wife, the junior senator from New York, and a retired general, Wesley K. Clark, who is said to be considering a run for the presidential nomination."

And during the dinner, according to a dozen people who were at the event, they heard Mrs. Clinton say how important their support would be 'for my next campaign, whatever that may be.' Later, Mr. Clinton, in discussing the presidential field, said, 'We might have another candidate or two jumping into the race.'

To others at the party, Mrs. Clinton, in alluding pointedly to an unspecified campaign, was merely having mild fun about a candidacy that not only has never been announced but whose existence has repeatedly been denied.

AUGUST 2003

HILLARY CLINTON - Many of those who are most adamantly against me are really throwbacks to closing the door of opportunity on working people and middle-class families and on women's rights and civil rights.

HILLARY LEAVES JET PASSENGERS IN HOLDING PATTERN

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton seems to be following in her husband's footsteps in more ways than one, even holding up commercial air traffic when it suits her schedule. Back in 1993, America got its first dose of the Clintons' royal pretensions, when newly minted President Bill Clinton held up air traffic at Los Angeles International Airport for two hours while he sat on Air Force One getting a $200 haircut from chi-chi stylist Cristophe.

Now comes word that Hillary caused a similar delay at New York's JFK airport, with the New York Post reporting that American Airlines kept a plane full of passengers on the ground because her highness couldn't manage to make it to the airport on time.

"The flight out of JFK the other night sat on the tarmac without explanation until an hour and a half after the scheduled departure time," the paper's Page Six reports. "A few people in first class found out the reason for the delay when an unapologetic Hillary Clinton and her entourage of flunkies and bodyguards hurried onto the plane so she could make it to a book signing for 'Living History.'"

JUL 2003

||| HILLARY CLINTON TO BBC

I liked the traditional duties of keeping a house . . I'm not the greatest at it in the world but I loved doing it. I mean, it was inviting people to come to your home and therefore it mattered to me what china we used, what the flowers looked like, what the menu was. . .

[HRC also continue to foster the myth that she was the first professional woman in the White House when, in fact, Lady Bird Johnson was an accomplished businesswoman.]

Well, I think that there's a lot of debate about the issues that I present - not only the ones you're referring to, but certainly to being the first professional woman to be in the position of first lady.

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NEWSMAX

New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has subtly but carefully altered her stance on running for president in 2004. . . During her trip to London this weekend, Mrs. Clinton hinted during a television interview that a 2004 run "might happen." Appearing Friday on BBC Channel 4's "Richard and Judy Show," Mrs. Clinton was pressed on whether she might challenge President Bush as early as next year. "You never know what might happen," she told the TV duo, after first dismissing as "rumors" reports that she was considering a run in 2004.

The day before, Mrs. Clinton was challenged by BCC radio interviewer Martha Kearney, who complained that the top Democrat's often-repeated answer that she has "no intention" of running for president in either 2004 or 2008 "doesn't really rule anything out, does it?" Well, but it is as close as I can come," Mrs. Clinton responded.

JUN 2003

THE BOOK ON HILLARY

DICK MORRIS, NATIONAL REVIEW - In your new book, Living History, you correctly note that when you asked me to help you and Bill avert defeat in the congressional election of 1994 I was reluctant to do so. But then you assert, incorrectly, that my reluctance stemmed from difficulties in working with your staff. . . The real reason I was reluctant was that Bill Clinton had tried to beat me up in May of 1990 as he, you, Gloria Cabe, and I were together in the Arkansas governor's mansion. At the time, Bill was worried that he was falling behind his democratic primary opponent and verbally assaulted me for not giving his campaign the time he felt it deserved. Offended by his harsh tone, I turned and stalked out of the room.

Bill ran after me, tackled me, threw me to the floor of the kitchen in the mansion and cocked his fist back to punch me. You grabbed his arm and, yelling at him to stop and get control of himself, pulled him off me. Then you walked me around the grounds of the mansion in the minutes after, with your arm around me, saying, "He only does that to people he loves.". . . When the story threatened to surface during the 1992 campaign, you told me to "say it never happened.". . . That, and not the invented conversation in your memoir, was the reason that I was reluctant to work for Bill again.

BYRON YORK, THE HILL - When she learned in 1993 that there were "concerns of financial mismanagement and waste" in the White House Travel Office, Clinton writes, "I said to Chief of Staff Mack McLarty that if there were such problems, I hoped he would 'look into it.'" According to Living History, that's when the investigative Dr Pepper machine geared up. After Clinton's "offhand comment," she writes, an audit by KPMG Peat Marwick discovered financial irregularities in the office. Then, "based on these findings, Mack and the White House Counsel's Office decided to fire the Travel Office staff and reorganize the department."

To hear her tell it, Clinton had almost nothing to do with any of it. But the independent counsel's report on Travelgate tells another story. McLarty told a grand jury that Clinton pressed him to take action on the Travel Office issue. "The fact that the first lady, one of the principals, had raised this issue, that adds an element of priority to any matter, and it did to this one," he testified.

Former White House aide David Gergen told the grand jury that he remembered a conversation with McLarty in which McLarty said the first lady was "very upset" about the Travel Office and was "ginned up on that issue ... and that there were at least two occasions when she made it clear to him that she wanted action taken."

GREG ESTABROOK, TUESDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, ESPN - Once again, Clinton is presented as the author of what is actually a ghosted book. . . This time around, the pages of "Living History" thank three people -- the much-admired former White House speech writer Alison Muscatine, veteran ghost Maryanne Vollers and researcher Ruby Shamir -- who are assumed to be the actual authors. But the cover and the frontispiece still boldly state, "by Hillary Rodham Clinton."

"Living History" is a 562-page book. A work of that length would take an average writer perhaps four years to produce; a highly proficient writer might finish in two years, if working on nothing else. Clinton signed the contract to "write" the book about two years ago. About the same time, she also was sworn in as a member of the United States Senate. Clinton took an oath to protect the Constitution and to serve the citizens of New York. So in the last two years Clinton has either been neglecting her duties as a United States Senator - that is, violating her oath -- in order to be the true author of "Living History," or she is claiming authorship of someone else's work. . .

If you didn't write something, and claimed to the world that you did, what you would be doing is lying. Wouldn't it be a nice gesture if United States senators did not lie?

Perhaps you're thinking, "But all people who reach the limelight lie about being authors." No, they don't. Consider that the previous book project of Maryanne Vollers, one of Hillary's ghosts, was about Jerri Nielsen, the doctor who had to be airlifted out of Antarctica. How was that book presented? As "Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole" by Jerri Nielsen with Maryanne Vollers. No lying about the true author.

Consider that John McCain's autobiographical work, "Faith of My Fathers," proclaims on its cover "by Mark Salter, with John McCain." The true author's name is there for everyone to see, and this neither detracts from sales ("Faith of My Fathers" was a commercial success) nor causes anyone to think any less of McCain. Famous people who care about their honor, like McCain, freely acknowledge using ghostwriters -- this is called "honesty." Famous people with serious ego problems, or who don't care about their honor, lie about being authors.

Now suppose you were a college student, hired someone to write a thesis paper for you, then submitted the work as your own. Suppose, when caught, rather than confess, you indignantly insisted you were the true author. What would happen to you is that you'd be expelled. For you to lie about having written something would be considered inexcusable.

HRC HAS BEEN A NON-CANDIDATE BEFORE

LARRY KING SHOW, APRIL 29, 1997 - CALLER: Are you considering running for office in the future?

H CLINTON: No, no.

KING: At all?

H CLINTON: No.

KING: No circumstance under which you would?

H CLINTON: Not that I can imagine. That is not anything I have ever thought of for myself...

Two years later she was running for Senate.

WHY HILLARY CLINTON IS IMPORTANT

1. Hillary Clinton is not a figure out of the past nor a has-been. She and Al Gore are currently the most popular candidates for president among Democrats. For all the money and effort that Lieberman, Kerry, Gephardt and the others have put into the race, they still lag HRC by 13 points or more and Gore by 33 points or more. What this means is that HRC remains a significant dark horse candidate regardless of what she says now. So who she is and what she does matters. Especially since Republicans are salivating at the thought of her running.

2. The Review's recent coverage of HRC has been slight compared to the archaic media. In fact, the article in question was 398 words long, only 97 more words than in the complaining letters. In contrast, the NY Times has written six articles totaling 5,700 words in the past week, the LA Times sent two reporters and two researchers to the Big Apple to cover the story, the Washington Post gave a detailed timeline of book sales, and NPR gave an extraordinary four minutes to a discussion of HRC's opus.

We thus have a long way to go before our coverage becomes obsessive. Further, our dossier on the Clintons has been more than matched by our archives on the Bushes, which has received more than a quarter of a million hits in the last three years.

3. The myth that the Clinton story is about sex makes about much sense as the Bush story about WMDs in Iraq. Even the impeachment story wasn't about sex but about presidential lying to prevent a fair court case for Paula Jones. The Clinton machine story was one of a never-ending list of scandals that included successful convictions of drug trafficking, racketeering, extortion, bribery, tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement, fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent loans, illegal gifts, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering, perjury, and obstruction of justice. The Clintons were basically mobbed-up politicians from one of the most corrupt states in the union and acted that way.

4. The sex angle is important primarily as a window onto the values and principles of participants. As I wrote in 1994 in 'Shadows of Hope:'

"There is sometimes a dizzying ad hoc quality to Clinton's policies. Perhaps this should be expected of a president who may be the first to have cited Machiavelli as a defense. Clinton often seems a political Don Juan whose serial affairs with economic and social programs share only the transitory passion he exhibits on their behalf." Besides if a politician lies that easily to his wife, why should I believe he'll tell me the truth?

5. It perhaps helps to know something rarely reported about the scandal that gave all the others their name. Whitewater was basically a resort land scam fifty miles from the nearest grocery store. A local TV reporter exposing it would have probably have won an Emmy. More than half of the purchasers, many of them retirees, would lose their plots thanks to the sleazy form of financing used. Two months after commencing the Whitewater deal, Hillary Clinton invested $1,000 in cattle futures. Before bailing out she earned nearly $100,000 on her investment. Many years later, several economists would calculate that the chances of earning such returns legally were one in 250 million.

5. The real Clinton story has always been available to any journalist curious enough to look into it. Several months before the 1992 convention, the Review published a list - the first in the country - of more than two dozen individuals and institutions whose connections with Clinton raised question about his candidacy. Some of this information, incidentally, came to us from liberal student activists at the University or Arkansas. Each of these connections would later figure in what became known as the Clinton scandals. It is wiser to learn and act on such information before rather than after a nominating convention.

6. The massive coverage of Hillary Clinton's book has generally ignored HRC's repeated lack of forthrightness on a variety of matters. For example, in a statement answering questions from a House investigating committee, Hillary Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent 50 times. Her statement was only 42 paragraphs long.

4. In fiercely defending Clinton, liberals dissed integrity, their own political heritage, women, and set themselves up for losing the 2000 election. Missing from all the discussion of that election are some important results from the exit polling:

- 68% of voters thought Clinton would go down in history more for his scandals than for his leadership.

- 44% said that the scandals were somewhat to very important.

- 57% thought the country to be on the wrong moral track.

4. The Clinton years were disastrous for the Democratic Party, again something party members refuse to admit. At every level - from Senate to statehouse - the Democrats lost more seats during their incumbency than at any time since Grover Cleveland.

5. The Clinton administration was the warm-up band for the Bush administration. During that period, the country drastically lowered its expectations of public decency, integrity, civil liberties, and social democracy. The failure of liberals to stand up against Clinton's crypto-Republican policies foreshadowed the unwillingness of liberals to stand up against Bush in his anti-constitutional and manically belligerent acts. By the end of the Clinton years, liberal America had lost the capacity and the will to defend itself.

6. It is not the Review, but the Democratic Party that needs to put the Clintons behind them. As long as Hillary Clinton remains the best idea that Democrats have for a president, both the party and the country will remain in critical danger.

7. That's news and we'll report it. - SAM SMITH

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

Why should Jayson Blair be held to a higher standard of truth-telling than Tony Blair? Or George Bush? Or Hillary Clinton?

If it's wrong for newspapers to have published Jayson Blair's articles, why is it all right for them to promote Hillary Clinton's book?

What is the objective way of covering a lie?

And while we're on the subject, in what ways do Martha Stewart's stock trading practices differ from Hillary Clinton's cattle futures trading practices?

THE JAYSON BLAIR OF POLITICS

AFTER spending weeks trying to convince us how shocked - shocked - it was to find a liar in its midst, the American media has gone back to promoting one of the country's most prominent dissemblers.

Although there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton was a role model for Jayson Blair, she and her husband left as a legacy to young America the idea that it was okay to lie if you were clever enough about it.

And so now we are back to business with Time putting HRC on the cover, newspapers and TV shamelessly promoting her book and the Washington Post even giving space to Clinton flakmeister Mandy Grunwald on how the media should have handled the Blair story.

Grunwald says, "Damage control requires being independent enough to assess the depth of the damage. It means defining the audiences you need to communicate with . . . Then you need a credible message, credible messengers (inside and outside your organization) and effective channels for communication."

Thus the Post sought advice from a Clinton adviser on how to handle lies within the media, which is almost as telling as the fact that so few within either the media or politics understand the difference between words that are merely 'credible' and those that are actually truthful. - SAM SMITH

NEWSMAX- Former senior White House advisor Dick Morris is challenging Hillary Clinton's claim that her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky came as a surprise to her, revealing that on several prior occasions, one of Mrs. Clinton's most trusted aides was dispatched to interrupt Mr. Clinton's extramarital liaisons. "I know that she wasn't [surprised] because Betsey Wright, his chief of staff [in Arkansas], had the full time job - in addition to helping him run the state - of fishing him out of bedrooms," he told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley on Saturday. . . "[Wright] once told me over the phone, 'I've had to pull [Bill] out of one-too-many bedrooms,'" Morris claimed.

Working on Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, Wright compiled a list of 19 women who she described as potential "bimbo eruptions." According to published accounts, Mrs. Clinton personally sought out San Francisco private detective Jack Palladino, whose job it was to discourage the women from coming forward. According to Federal Election Commission records, Palladino was paid $110,000 from the campaign's federally matched account.

NEWSMAX - A photo showing Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton frolicking on a sailboat together during the time Sen. Clinton now claims she was shunning her husband has deepened doubts about the credibility of her book, "Living History." Seen above aboard Walter Cronkite's sailboat on August 25, 1998, the photo was snapped as Cronkite took his guests for an outing off Martha's Vineyard. The excursion took place just ten days after Mrs. Clinton claimed she had banished her husband from family activities after he admitted the truth about Monica Lewinsky. Instead of looking abandoned and forlorn, Mr. Clinton strikes a triumphant pose, standing in back of his smiling wife with his fist pumped into the air. In her book, however, Mrs. Clinton insists that while she and her family were vacationing at the Vineyard, "I could barely speak to Bill, and when I did it was a tirade. Buddy the dog came along to keep Bill company. He was the only member of our family who was still willing to." But as this telltale photo indisputably reveals, the above statement is incontrovertibly false.

NY POST - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was facing questions yesterday about her new book's dramatic account of when she first learned about Monicagate. In "Living History," Clinton writes that she didn't find out the truth of the Monica Lewinsky affair until Aug. 15, 1998, when her husband told her. But a previous, well-regarded account tells a very different story. Washington Post reporter Peter Baker, author of a 2000 book on the Lewinsky scandal, wrote that Bill Clinton asked his lawyer, David Kendall, to break the news to Hillary. Kendall told Hillary on Aug. 13 - two days before she says she found out, according to Baker. Baker said yesterday he has "several very good sources" who assure him that Hillary first learned of the affair from Kendall. "I stand by what I wrote," Baker said of the differences, reported in The Washington Post's Reliable Sources column. But Kendall backed Hillary's account. Hillary's office had no comment.

NEWSMAX - In an interview to be broadcast Sunday, New York Senator Hillary Clinton makes the bizarre claim to ABC's Barbara Walters that her husband had never lied to her before Aug. 15, 1998, when he supposedly came clean about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. "She went through all of the investigations in the White House, all of which turned out to be either a false alarm or that they had done nothing wrong," Walters told syndicated radio host Sean Hannity. "So when [Lewinsky] happened, [Hillary] said, and I'm almost quoting, 'Oh my gosh, one more thing,'" the ABC News star explained. "She also said that her husband had never lied to her. And I think that his lying to her was almost worse that the fact that he had this relationship."

Hannity was incredulous at the claim that Clinton's Lewinsky lie was his first. "Am I understanding you correctly?" he asked Walters. "She's telling you in this interview, even though Gennifer Flowers, when she held that press conference in 1992 . . . [that] the only time she really believed that he had this relationship with Gennifer Flowers was after he gave the deposition?" Growing a bit defensive, Walters replied, "Look, I'm just telling you what she says, OK?"

DECEMBER 2000

RECOVERED HISTORY
What various people said
when Newt Gingrich
got $4.5 million
in a book deal

JAMES CARVILLE: This is the first guy who tried to cash in before he was sworn in.

BILL CLINTON: [I don't] even know how to think in these terms.

REP DAVID BONIER: This is an arrogant act for a man who's about to assume one of the most powerful positions and offices in our land. Before he gets to the public business, he's taking care of his own private profits.

REP CARRIE MEEK: Exactly who does this speaker really work for? Is it the American people or his New York publishing house?

REP CHARLES RANGEL: Whey doesn't Newt end this by giving the $4.5 million to Boys Town?

HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE: The committee strongly questions the appropriateness of what some would describe as an attempt by you to capitalize on your office.


OPEN LETTER FROM JUANITA BROADDRICK: I remember it as though it was yesterday. I only wish that it were yesterday and maybe there would still be time to do something about what your husband, Bill Clinton, did to me. There was a political rally for Mr. Clinton's bid for governor of Arkansas. I had obligated myself to be at this rally prior to my being assaulted by your husband in April, 1978. I had made up my mind to make an appearance and then leave as soon as the two of you arrived. This was a big mistake, but I was still in a state of shock and denial . . . As soon as you entered the room, you came directly to me and grabbed my hand. Do you remember how you thanked me, saying "we want to thank you for everything that you do for Bill". At that point, I was pretty shaken and started to walk off. Remember how you kept a tight grip on my hand and drew closer to me? You repeated your statement, but this time with a coldness and look that I have seen many times on television in the last eight years. You said, "Everything you do for Bill". You then released your grip and I said nothing and left the gathering. What did you mean, Hillary? Were you referring to my keeping quiet about the assault I had suffered at the hands of your husband only two weeks before? Were you warning me to continue to keep quiet? We both know the answer to that question.

SEPTEMBER 2000

HILLARY WATCH
Arkansas Space Invader

NEWSMAX: Hillary's Lazio moment came during her husband's bid for a fifth term as Arkansas' governor. His Democratic primary opponent, Tom McRae, the head of Little Rock's Rockefeller Foundation, had called a press conference to complain that Gov. Clinton was dodging debates. As McRae rattled off the list of Clinton's failures in office, a woman standing in the back of the room shouted, "Get off it, Tom." It was Hillary Clinton, who had shown up unannounced to heckle her husband's opponent.

"Do you really want an answer, Tom?" Hillary hollered. "Do you really want a response from Bill when you know he's in Washington doing work for the state?"
Then, in a moment mirroring the one where Lazio pulled his soft-money pledge from his pocket, Mrs. Clinton pulled a four-page prepared statement from her handbag. The late investigative reporter George Carpozi described the confrontation in his 1994 book "Clinton Confidential":

"McRae, a gentle man with impeccable credentials ... stared, mouth agape, at Hillary, who stepped forward attired in a hounds-tooth tweed blazer, turtleneck, and pearl earrings . . . Hillary began reading from a Rockefeller Foundation document, which in fact praised her husband to the hilt and sounded like a point-by-point rebuttal to the very criticisms McRae had raised."

FOX NEWS: Hillary Rodham Clinton denied allegations that she or her fund-raisers offered overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom and Camp David to supporters of her Senate campaign. "We have friends and supporters come and spend time with us and spend the night with us that we are getting to know and who like spending time with us," Clinton said when questioned at a campaign stop at a western New York diner. "I don't see what's news about that.". . . White House staffers said that since the summer of 1999 there have been at least 26 instances in which people, mainly couples, were overnight guests after donating to the first lady's campaign or promising to do so.

. . . "The Lincoln Bedroom was never sold," Clinton said in 1997, when the White House released a list of 938 guests who had spent the night at the executive mansion up to that point in the Clinton presidency. The list included the names of political supporters, as well as entertainment luminaries and old Clinton friends.DRUDGE REPORT: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has given supporters and contributors to her senate campaign rides aboard her Air Force plane, the Drudge Report has learned. Just as White House staffers tried over the weekend to reconcile names and dates of contributors who've stayed overnight at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Camp David -- while neither of the Clintons were present. White House spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed a Drudge Report exclusive that alleged financial contributors to the first lady's campaign have stayed at the White House, but he dismissed the notion that the first lady did anything improper.

NY POST: Gail Sheehy, who claimed this week that George W. Bush might suffer from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, denies she is biased even though she has donated $3,550 to Democrats since July 1999 . . . Sheehy was reimbursed by Vanity Fair for most of the money she gave to Democratic candidates and causes. "She was really just buying tickets to fundraising events to get close to people she was writing about," Vanity Fair spokeswoman Beth Kseniak says. Federal Election Commission records obtained by NewsMax.com show that Sheehy gave $1,000 to the ill-fated presidential campaign of Bill Bradley while she was researching a profile on the former senator . . . "It was a good way for Gail to get access to Hillary Clinton," Kseniak tells PAGE SIX. Giuliani was holding press conferences and making public appearances, so Sheehy didn't make any contributions to Republicans. "But Hillary Clinton had much more restricted press access," Kseniak says.


AUGUST 2000

NY POST: The Arkansas man who accused Hillary Rodham Clinton last month of uttering an anti-Semitic slur in 1974 has passed a lie-detector test arranged by The Post. Paul Fray, who has charged Mrs. Clinton called him a "f- - -ing Jew bastard" after Bill Clinton lost his race for Congress, cleared the polygraph exam administered Sunday near his home here. "There's no doubt in my mind that Mr. Fray is truthful," concluded state-licensed Arkansas polygrapher Jeff Hubanks, who gave the three-hour test.

. . . The findings were reviewed yesterday by another expert, Richard Keifer, a former head of the FBI's polygraph unit who has 20 years of experience. Keifer judged the results "inconclusive" because they didn't meet the high federal polygraph standards - but said he found nothing to indicate Fray was lying . . .
Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said, "Paul Fray is an admitted liar, and we're not going to be responding to his lies anymore."

NY POST: Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard's wife wrote to Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday, seeking a meeting "as soon as possible" to discuss clemency for her husband, The Post has learned. A "grateful" Esther Pollard contacted Clinton "wife to wife" after the Post reported Thursday that the Democratic Senate candidate moved to block Pollard's transfer to a potentially dangerous unit in the federal prison where he is serving a life sentence . . . A former US Navy intelligence analyst who passed military secrets to Israel, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying and has been behind bars for 15 years.

NY POST: The Clintons' upstate vacation got off to an embarrassing start yesterday when it was revealed the owner of the lakeside home where they are staying is a million-dollar tax delinquent. Developer Thomas McDonald, who is hosting Bill and Hillary at his estate near Syracuse, owes the state $938,357 in unpaid income taxes, interest and penalties, state officials said. "This is obviously one of our more significant personal income-tax delinquencies," said Marc Carey, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation. McDonald's lawyer, Paul Predmore, said his client also has an outstanding federal income tax bill, but he refused to say how much McDonald owes. White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said officials have been aware of McDonald's tax problems since last year. "People from time to time have issues with either the IRS or the state, and they generally get resolved," Lockhart said.

NEW YORK POST: Rick Lazio's fans in the Finger Lakes region expressed outrage yesterday that local officials have ordered them to remove "Lazio" signs from their yards - just days before the Clintons arrive for their upstate vacation. Some residents of Skaneateles, where Bill and Hillary Clinton will spend the weekend, were visited this week by village police and received letters informing them that they were violating an ordinance barring political signs more than 30 days before an election . . . Even the Skaneateles mayor admits that the local ordinance isn't clear. It says political signs can be posted only for 30 days - but it doesn't say anything about only 30 days before the election. Mayor Don Price said he has thrown in the towel and won't enforce the "ambiguous" law.
"Some people have become emotional about this election," said Price, who doesn't run on a party line and who refused to say how he is registered (sources say he's a Democrat).

JULY 2000

The question is not whether Hillary Clinton is anti-Semitic. No one will ever know because, like her husband, Hillary Clinton enjoys the immunity of postmodernism: she isn't anything. As the semiotician Marshall Blonksy has written, postmodernism regards "'the individual' as a sentimental attachment, a fiction to be enclosed within quotation marks. If you're postmodern, you scarcely believe in the 'right clothes' that take on your personality. You don't dress as who you are because, quite simply, you don't believe 'you' are. Therefore you are indifferent to consistency and continuity . . . Character and consistency were once the most highly regarded virtue to ascribe to either friend or foe . . . Today, for the first time in modern times, a split or multiple personality has ceased to be an eccentric malady and becomes indispensable."

Because much of the media is both literal and has a memory span of only months at best, politicians such as the Clinton are held accountable primarily for their latest words or actions.

Thus the Clintons can reinvent themselves as often as they like; they are the moral equivalent of Jim Carrey's face. And thus it should come as no surprise that a year ago last April, this woman whom five persons heard use ethnic epithets, told a White House dinner: "It isn't enough to look deep into our own hearts and say we find them free of hatred. We have to do more. Every time we let a religious or racial slur go unchallenged or an indignity go unanswered, we are making a choice to be indifferent, a choice to constrict the circle of human dignity - a choice, I believe, to ignore history at our children's peril."

One of the unpleasant side-effects of the past eight years has been an increasing tendency to divide America into two groups: good people and haters. This has largely served to make more arrogant and hypocritical those claiming to be the former and make more angry those accused of being the latter.

President Clinton and his wife have played no small role in this -- Sister Souljah was one of his first targets of convenience -- and they have probably used the word "hate" more frequently than any White House predecessors. With the semiotic slipperiness that is his hallmark, the word has been applied with equal vigor to those who burn down black churches and to those who criticize the Clintons' behavior, creating a seamless accusatory blend.

Unfortunately, many liberals have accepted the Clintons' dichotomized view of America, one coincidentally pretty much split down the demographic fault line delineating their constituency. It is unfortunate because it has encouraged self-righteous behavior that instead of fostering diversity, has merely created more division. And there's always the danger, as in the case of Mrs. Clinton, that you will get hoisted on your own petard.

ZERO TOLERANCE
MULTIPLE STANDARDS

The kid gloves treatment of Hillary Clinton's allegedly ethnic slurs is, of course, in marked contrast to the media handling of, say, John Rocker, Louis Farrakahn or Jesse Jackson. But she is not the only one who has been give a pass. A reader sends along a 1997 issue of the Progressive with an article by Susan Douglas that includes this:

"As ABC News reminded us over and over, the lesson from Tiger Woods's victory is 'that anyone can make it to the top.' Woods was immediately canonized by every news outlet in the land as a breakthrough, trans-racial saint, an agent of integration and goodwill. The newscasters genuflected. Once again, the future of western civilization was freighted onto the shoulders of the latest guy who can throw/hit/kick a ball. The media pilloried pro-golfer Fuzzy Zoeller for making racist remarks about fried chicken and collard greens. But they have virtually ignored Woods's own racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks.

"In the April issue of GQ, Woods speculated that 'good-looking women hang around baseball and basketball' because 'black guys have big dicks.' And he asks: Why do lesbians always get to their destination so quickly? He answers: 'Because lesbians are always going sixty-nine.' This doesn't fit into the pack journalism "new-messiah" image, now does it? So just let it slide."

But the current masters of applying multiple standards to matters claimed to be worthy of zero tolerance may well be the Blair government. Not only was Tony Blair's campaign to end under-aged drinking in bars celebrated by his son turning up dead drunk on a London sidewalk, but Home Secretary Jack Straw, riding in a car driven by a special branch officer, was pulled over for doing 103 mph on a motorway. The incident occurred at 8:55 am as Straw was rushing to a meeting with Blair, perhaps to discuss new measures to make the British behave. Straw, hit man for Blair's zero tolerance policies, also has a son who got into trouble with the police after selling ten pounds (sterling) of marijuana to an undercover reporter.


NEWSDAY: New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer was accused of threatening unspecified action against talk-radio station WABC after getting embroiled in an on-air quarrel with talk-show host Sean Hannity and author and Clinton critic Laura Ingraham. A spokesman for Spitzer denied the charge leveled by producer Eric Stanger. The fracas began during the regular program featuring Hannity, a host with conservative leanings. Spitzer appeared via telephone as the Democratic participant in a discussion with Hannity and Ingraham, author of "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places." Spitzer spokesman Scott Brown said Spitzer had been told the subject was to be Republican vice presidential candidate Richard Cheney. The debate grew heated, straying from the subject of Cheney. But as Hannity continued talking over his responses, Spitzer attacked Rep. Bob Barr as a hypocrite who had fathered an illegitimate child, apparently mistaking Barr for Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who has admitted an extramarital affair. Spitzer kept to that position, although Hannity gave him a chance to step back. Spitzer hung up when the show went to a commercial. But shortly afterward, according to Stanger, Spitzer called the station control room and began speaking with him. "At one point," Stanger said, "he says to me, 'Let me assure you, I intend to use my capacity of the office of attorney general to act on this.'" "My eyebrows went up," Stanger said. "I said, 'Sir, is that a threat?'" Stanger said Spitzer immediately responded, "No, no, no. What I meant is that I am going to call my friends in government to tell them to boycott the show." Brown denied that Spitzer had threatened the station. Spitzer felt "sandbagged," Brown said, because he expected to talk about Cheney and did not know Ingraham would be on the show. Brown also acknowledged the reference to Barr was a mistake.
Jeff Johns, program director of WLKK in Erie, PA, tells the Washington Times, "Imagine my surprise when I got the call on Tuesday asking if I was interested in speaking with Mrs. Clinton regarding her new health plan for children and the campaign for the Senate. Apparently [Mrs. Clinton's] media types figure Erie County, PA, and Erie County NY [which surrounds Buffalo] are one and the same."
JOHN MCCASLIN, WASHINGTON TIMES: Let's get this straight: President Clinton couldn't "recall" being alone with Monica Lewinsky in the West Wing of the White House. Yet 26 years ago, he recalls, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't utter an anti-Semitic slur against his congressional campaign manager, Paul Fray.

Mrs. Clinton couldn't locate her missing Rose Law Firm billing records in the White House family quarters, until such time as they mysteriously reappeared next to an ironing board. Yet this week, Mrs. Clinton easily retrieved a handwritten letter, dated July 1, 1997, in which Mr. Fray asks the first lady for forgiveness (for what we don't know).


THE LIBERAL JOHN ROCKER?

Whatever the facts of the matter, the accusation in a new book that Hillary Clinton called one of her staffers a "Jew bastard" in 1974 adds a significant new problem to her already troubled effort. Clinton flatly denied the incident ever happened and quoted her husband as saying, "I was there on election night in 1974 and this charge is simply not true."

The campaign also produced a 1997 handwritten letter from the man allegedly excoriated, Paul Fray, to Hillary Clinton in which he says, "I have wronged you. I ask for your forgiveness because I did say things against you, and called you names, not only to your face -- but behind your back . . . names that are unmentionable." The circumstances under which Fray allegedly wrote the letter are not clear but the document is reminiscent of the affidavits signed by various women denying being sexually involved with Clinton's husband. The Clintons have the largest collection of affidavits and letters attesting to alleged non-events to be found in contemporary politics.

Fray's comments, quoted in Jerry Oppenheimer's new book, "State of a Union," have been verified not only by his wife but by another Clinton aide at the time, Neill McDonald.

According to Michael Kramer in the NY Daily News:

"The slur allegedly was uttered at a heated, finger-pointing session at Bill Clinton's Fayetteville, Ark., campaign headquarters on election night in 1974, following his defeat in his first try for political office, a run for Congress in Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District. In the room that night were Bill Clinton; his then-girlfriend, Hillary Rodham; Paul Fray, Clinton's campaign manager, and Fray's wife, Mary Lee. Another campaign worker, Neill McDonald, was just outside the door and says he heard everything. The story of that encounter has been widely reported before, but without any charge that Hillary Rodham ripped into Paul Fray using an anti-Semitic slur. In interviews with The News on Friday and Saturday, the Frays and McDonald all confirmed that Hillary uttered the slur. McDonald said Hillary was speaking in the "heat of battle" and that he doesn't believe she is an anti-Semite. McDonald added that he is and has always been a supporter of the Clintons."

If that was the end of the story, it might soon fade. But what threatens to turn Clinton into the liberal John Rocker are other reports of anti-Semitic comments by her. In fact, the story was actually broken by Newsmax last fall when former Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson gave this description to the news service's Christopher Ruddy:

RUDDY: You mentioned that Bill and Hillary Clinton would frequently argue with one another using the worst expletives known to mankind, sometimes in the presence of their daughter Chelsea. One of the comments, you said, was an epithet that they frequently used about Jews. What was that?

PATTERSON: Yeah, they'd use - it was fairly common for both of them to tell ethnic jokes and use ethnic slurs about Jews.

RUDDY: What was the particular epithet that they'd use to each other?

PATTERSON: "Jew Motherf----r", "Jew Bastard".

RUDDY: They would refer to each other that way in the presence of troopers?

PATTERSON: Yes, that was quite common.

RUDDY: Why do you think they would do that?

PATTERSON: I don't know. ...

RUDDY: There's a couple of things going on here. They would make these clearly anti-Semitic epithets to one another, put-downs.

PATTERSON: Correct

RUDDY: And this was done, over the course of six years you heard it enough that you knew that it was fairly commonplace between the two of them?

PATTERSON: Right . . .

Dick Morris has joined the fracas, repeating his previous claims that on one occasion HR Clinton said to him, "Money, that's all you people care about is money." Morris says he responded, "By money, Hillary, by you people, I assume you mean political consultants?" And she said, 'Oh yes, of course that's what I mean.' But it wasn't what I thought she meant."

The president had risen to HR Clinton's defense but his credentials are more than a little suspect ever since the tapes of his conversations with Gennifer Flowers, which included this Flowers comment on Mario Cuomo: "Well, he seems like he could get real mean . . . I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't have some mafioso major connections." And Clinton replies, "Well, he acts like one."

And then there's that police sting video of Roger Clinton saying he has to get some cocaine for his brother who has a nose like a vacumn cleaner, in which Roger makes free use of the word nigger, a term trooper Patterson says he also heard from WJ Clinton when talking about Jesse Jackson and prominent Little Rock black figure, Robert 'Say' McIntosh.

HR Clinton has already received campaign absolution from Ed Koch and Abe Foxman. How the rest of he constituency will react remains in doubt, but it is probably the best news John Rocker has heard in some time.

JUNE 2000

Some stats from Slate: Percentage of photos on Rick Lazio's web site that show the candidate with his family: 14.3. Percentage of photos on Hillary Clinton's web site that show the candidate with her family: 0

MAY 2000

VILLAGE VOICE: [Union supporters of HRC at a campaign lunch] would have dropped their forks if they had heard that Hillary served for six years on the board of the dreaded Wal-Mart, a union-busting behemoth. If they had learned the details of her friendship with Wal-Mart, they might have lost their lunches. She didn't mention Wal-Mart . . . In 1986, when Hillary was first lady of Arkansas, she was put on the board of Wal-Mart. Officials at the time said she wasn't filling a vacancy. In May 1992, as Hubby's presidential campaign heated up, she resigned from the board of Wal-Mart. Company officials said at the time that they weren't going to fill her vacancy. So what the hell was she doing on the Wal-Mart board? According to press accounts at the time, she was a show horse at the company's annual meetings when founder Sam Walton bused in cheering throngs to celebrate his non-union empire, which is headquartered in Arkansas, one of the country's poorest states. According to published reports, she was placed in charge of the company's "green" program to protect the environment . . . Was Hillary the voice of conscience on the board for American and foreign workers? Contemporary accounts make no mention of that. They do describe her as a "corporate litigator" in those days, and they mention, speaking of environmental matters, that she also served on the board of Lafarge, a company that, according to a press account, once burned hazardous fuels to run its cement plants.

NEWSMAX: Without the actions of the government jailers who operated the Federal Prison Medical Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where key Whitewater witness Jim McDougal died on March 8, 1998, Mrs. Clinton likely would have been otherwise engaged Tuesday evening [the night of her senatorial nomination] as a defendant in her own criminal Whitewater trial. The astonishing turn of events that spared the first lady from indictment two years ago is described in the latest Whitewater tome to hit the bookstores, "Truth at Any Cost," by The Washington Post's Sue Schmidt and Time magazine's Michael Weisskopf.

On April 27, 1998, Independent Counsel Ken Starr's chief Little Rock deputy Hickman Ewing assembled his team of prosecutors to decide whether to indict Hillary. "[Ewing] paced the room for more than three hours, recalling facts from memory in his distinctive Memphis twang. He spoke passionately, laying out a case that the first lady had obstructed government investigators and made false statements about her legal work for McDougal's S&L, particularly the thrift's notorious multimillion-dollar Castle Grande real estate project." However, as Schmidt and Weisskopf report, Ewing's case against the first lady had a giant hole in it.

"The biggest problem was the death a month earlier of Jim McDougal.... Without him, prosecutors would have a hard time describing the S&L dealings they suspected Hillary Clinton had lied about."

NEWSMAX


Less than four months after the national press condemned a Buffalo talk radio host for asking Senate hopeful Hillary Clinton about her alleged affair with the late Vince Foster, the New York media is front paging rumors that her opponent, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is having an affair with a 45-year-old Manhattan businesswoman. "Mayor Admits Upper East Side Mom is His Gal Pal," blared the headline on Thursday's New York Daily News, leaving the impression that Giuliani has acknowleged cheating on his wife Donna Hanover. In fact, the New York mayor has done no such thing, admitting at a Wednesday press conference only that he and Judith Nathan are "good friends." The day before, The New York Post published a photo of Giuliani leaving a Manhattan eatery with Judith Nathan, kicking off a tabloid feeding frenzy that began with a Tuesday item about Giuliani and his "companion" on the News' gossip page.

. . . In January, Mrs. Clinton called questions about her own alleged affair with Foster "inappropriate" and "out of bounds," telling Buffalo radio host Tom Bauerle, "I do hate you for asking about that." The national press, including editorial writers for both The Daily News and The New York Post, resoundingly agreed, excoriating Bauerle for posing sex questions to Hillary. In fact, media wags considered the foray into Mrs. Clinton's sex life so outrageous that TV network news divisions clamored for an interview Bauerle. "Today Show" host Matt Lauer personally grilled the radio talker on the appropriateness of raising questions about the first lady's marital fidelity. The attacks on Bauerle grew so intense that he disappeared for a few days. Within two weeks of his interview with Clinton, his station, WGR55AM in Buffalo, canceled his popular "Breakfast with Bauerle" show, replacing it with an all sports talk show which Bauerle continues to host.

NEWSMAX

* * * NEWSMAX: The New York press corps hasn't been able to aggressively question Senate candidate Hillary Clinton because she's using her Secret Service security detail to physically block reporters. That was the charge made by New York Post Albany bureau chief Fred Dicker . . . Appearing on CNBC's Hardball, Dicker was asked by host Chris Matthews why the first lady refuses to appear on the Sunday TV talk shows . . .

MATTHEWS: Why don't you folks in the local press corps grill her on who she is and where she came from?

DICKER: I'll give you the answer to that, Chris. We try and the Secret Service stops us. I mean, she'll show up at a local event and you'll go up to her like you would any candidate, and say, "Mrs. Clinton, can I ask you...." and she runs off and the Secret Service blocks us. She's done that time after time after time. You can't get to her. She's using the resources of the federal government to prevent us from just having the kind of access you would take for granted with any other politician . . .

During a 1996 fund-raising swing through Arizona, local reporters complained that Secret Service was interfering with press coverage that posed no physical risk to the first lady whatsoever. "Reporters at the Monday afternoon speech were kept at arm's length from the first lady by Secret Service agents, who warned the press not to yell out questions," reported The Arizona Republic at the time. Hours earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a White House bid to keep some of Mrs. Clinton's Whitewater records sealed.

Last March, at least one reporter accused Mrs. Clinton's bodyguards of physically attacking journalists as they tried to cover her march in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade, where she was roundly booed. "Secret Service agents literally are pushing press to the ground," Metro Network newsman Glenn Schuck told a WABC-NY radio audience. "They just lost their minds, in my opinion. I mean they just started pushing and shoving; female camera people five feet tall were getting thrown to the ground, cameras flying. Myself, I was grabbed by the shoulder, I was thrown back over. I think somebody from Channel 11 landed on my back. From that point it really didn't get any better." The bizarre episode was dismissed by Schuck's media colleagues, including one Washington based columnist who told NewsMax.com she didn't believe it happened even after hearing Schuck's report on tape . . .

Five weeks after the St. Patrick's Day assaults, an NBC camera crew was beaten by federal agents as they attempted to film the Clinton administration's gun-point abduction of Elian Gonzalez. The network's sound man was slammed in the head with a rifle butt. An NBC cameraman was slugged twice and held down by an agent who kept a boot on his back for the duration of the raid. He was later hospitalized. Both were told they'd be shot if they moved. The assaults were corroborated by a third member of the NBC crew and at least one Gonzalez family friend who witnessed the attack.

* * * WORLDNET DAILY: The FBI has turned up evidence showing first lady Hillary Clinton's "White House Office Database," nicknamed WHODB, may have been illegally commingled with the Democratic National Committee's database for fund-raising purposes, documents show. And the evidence was compelling enough for the FBI director in 1997 to urge the attorney general to assign an independent counsel to investigate. She never did . . .

Under the heading, "Misuse or Conversion of Government Property," [FBI Director Louis] Freeh wrote: "Despite a January 1994 warning from the White House Counsel's Office not to use WHODB for political purposes, the new memo for Erskine Bowles and Harold Ickes shows an intent to do just that."

The memo, written by a former Bowles aide, states: "Harold and Deborah DeLee want to make sure WHODB is integrated w/DNC database . . .

APRIL 2000

NY POST: Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign returned $22,000 in "soft money" to a businesswoman linked to a Democratic campaign contribution from a drug smuggler in Havana. The donation by Vivian Mannerud Verble, first reported by The Post yesterday, was the largest single contribution received by Clinton's soft-money committee. Verble, whose company runs charter flights between Cuba and Miami, also served as the fund-raising intermediary between Jorge Cabrera and the Democratic National Committee in 1995, according to congressional investigators. The probers reportedly learned that Cabrera cut a $20,000 check to the DNC from a bank account in which he also kept profits from his lucrative cocaine trade. The DNC eventually returned the money, while Cabrera pleaded guilty to importing 6,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States. He is serving a 19-year federal prison sentence in Florida . . . Although Verble was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing, she was at the center of one of the most embarrassing fund-raising scandals in the Clinton administration. Verble was back in the news this January when she volunteered to fly Elian Gonzalez back to Havana on a private jet operated by her company, Airline Brokers Co.

ASBURY PARK PRESS: First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has found financial support for her Senate bid in a most unlikely place, the law firm of former White House independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Clinton's campaign received $32,250 in donations from the political action committee for the Kirkland & Ellis law firm during the first three months of 2000 . . . The money came from 33 attorneys and one legal assistant at the firm. No one from Kirkland & Ellis has contributed to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Senate campaign during the same period, records show. And no other law firm's attorneys were nearly as generous in combined contributions to Clinton during the first quarter . . . A recent report in The New Yorker magazine noted that law partners were split over whether Starr should be allowed to return to the firm's Washington office.

JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: The Arkansas Supreme Court, which is considering disbarment proceedings against President Clinton, yesterday said it also is investigating whether first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in fraud in a questionable Whitewater-related land deal. The probe, confirmed by the court's Committee of Professional Conduct, has focused on accusations about Mrs. Clinton's legal representation of a failed Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan Association real estate venture, which the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. called a "sham." A major area of concern is an option agreement that facilitated a $300,000 payment to Seth Ward, father-in-law of Mrs. Clinton's law partner, Webster L. Hubbell. The option, written by Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Hubbell while they were at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm, guaranteed Mr. Ward a payoff and negated his liability in the project.

WASHINGTON TIMES

MARCH 2000

NEWSMAX: News staff at WABC Talk Radio in New York want to know why Secret Service agents got physical with at least a half dozen reporters who were covering First Lady Hillary Clinton as she marched in Friday's St. Patrick's Day parade. In-studio newsman George Weber told NewsMax.com that he's been trying to get answers since Monday, after his in-the-field partner Glen Shuck was grabbed by Mrs. Clinton's bodyguards and thrown over another reporter, landing on his back . . . So far, his calls to the White House and the Secret Service have gone unreturned, Weber told NewsMax.com. . . . The WABC newsman says he can't understand why other news organizations have shunned the story of the attack by Hillary's guards, especially since Shuck was one of six reporters who were assaulted . . . In another incident, Hillary's bodyguards attempted to block a CBS cameraman filming the crowd as they booed the First Lady. "That's a first for me," said Weber, "to hear that the Secret Service was actually trying to block camera people from taking shots of citizens who are on a parade route."

NEWSMAX: Secret Service agents protecting first lady Hillary Clinton roughed up several reporters along the route of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, WABC Radio reported Friday afternoon . . . "Secret Service agents literally are pushing press to the ground," reported WABC's Glenn Shuck . . . "At one point one (Secret Service agent) grabbed me on my right side with his hands, and kind of grabbed my coat to hold me back, definitely forcefully," Shuck told afternoon drive-time talk show host Sean Hannity. "The Secret Service just lost their minds, in my opinion. I mean they just started pushing and shoving; female camera people five feet tall were getting thrown to the ground, cameras flying. Myself, I was grabbed by the shoulder, I was thrown back over. I think somebody from Channel 11 landed on my back. From that point it really didn't get any better."

NEWSMAX

 

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