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."
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.'
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
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
HILLARY LEAVES JET PASSENGERS IN
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.
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.
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.'"
HILLARY CLINTON TO BBC
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,"
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."
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. . .
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?
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
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.
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
HAS BEEN A NON-CANDIDATE BEFORE
SHOW, APRIL 29, 1997 - CALLER: Are you considering running for
office in the future?
circumstance under which you would?
Not that I can imagine. That is not anything I have ever thought
of for myself...
later she was running for Senate.
HILLARY CLINTON IS IMPORTANT
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.
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.
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.
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.
sex angle is important primarily as a window onto the values and
principles of participants. As I wrote in 1994 in 'Shadows of
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
news and we'll report it. - SAM SMITH
OF THE DAY
Jayson Blair be held to a higher standard of truth-telling than
Tony Blair? Or George Bush? Or Hillary Clinton?
wrong for newspapers to have published Jayson Blair's articles,
why is it all right for them to promote Hillary Clinton's book?
the objective way of covering a lie?
we're on the subject, in what ways do Martha Stewart's stock trading
practices differ from Hillary Clinton's cattle futures trading
JAYSON BLAIR OF POLITICS
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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?"
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?"
What various people said
when Newt Gingrich
got $4.5 million
in a book deal
This is the first guy who tried to cash in before he was sworn
[I don't] even know how to think in these terms.
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
MEEK: Exactly who does this speaker really work for? Is it the
American people or his New York publishing house?
RANGEL: Whey doesn't Newt end this by giving the $4.5 million
to Boys Town?
COMMITTEE: The committee strongly questions the appropriateness
of what some would describe as an attempt by you to capitalize
on your office.
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
Arkansas Space Invader
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.
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
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
. . . "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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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"
"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).
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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.
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
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."
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
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.
to Michael Kramer in the NY Daily News:
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."
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:
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?
Yeah, they'd use - it was fairly common for both of them to tell
ethnic jokes and use ethnic slurs about Jews.
What was the particular epithet that they'd use to each other?
"Jew Motherf----r", "Jew Bastard".
They would refer to each other that way in the presence of troopers?
Yes, that was quite common.
Why do you think they would do that?
I don't know. ...
There's a couple of things going on here. They would make these
clearly anti-Semitic epithets to one another, put-downs.
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
Right . . .
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."
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
NEWSMAXLess 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
* * * NEWSMAX:
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 . . .
Why don't you folks in the local press corps grill her on who
she is and where she came from?
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 . . .
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.
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 . . .
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
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 . . .
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."
written by a former Bowles aide, states: "Harold and Deborah
DeLee want to make sure WHODB is integrated w/DNC database . .
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."