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Hillary Critics Critical Of New Biography

USATODAY reports on Edward Klein's new book about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, which many of her of her harshest critics have attacked for its heavy use of unnamed sources. Wizbang, Powerline, and Bill O'Reily all make quoted appearances in the story.

The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President, by journalist Edward Klein, hit bookstores Tuesday. By Tuesday evening it was No. 3 on Amazon.com's best-seller list, thanks largely to pre-orders. It had been touted in advance by conservative groups such as NewsMax.com and the Conservative Book Club as a book that could derail any presidential aspirations of the former first lady. The publisher, Sentinel, says it has printed 350,000 copies.

Some of the influential, conservative "bloggers" who have used their Internet journals to raise questions about the "liberal" media and to spread damaging information about Democratic politicians said they won't endorse The Truth About Hillary.

At issue: The book includes several personal, unflattering stories about events in the senator's and former president Clinton's past -- and the most controversial are based on one or two anonymous sources. (USA TODAY, like many major media, is not repeating such accounts because it has no independent proof of their validity.)

The nature and sourcing of the accounts raised concerns.

That's where I chime in, along with Powerline's Paul Mirengoff, and Bill O'Reily.

Update: John Podhoretz in The New York Post might have the definitive quote on the book:

"This is one of the most sordid volumes I've ever waded through. Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. Sixty pages into it, I wanted to be decontaminated. And 200 pages into it, I wanted someone to drive stakes through my eyes so I wouldn't have to suffer through another word."

Note: As noted by both sites previously, Wizbang and Powerline ran ads from NewsMax promoting the book before its release.


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This"(USA TODAY, l... (Below threshold)
csh:

This

"(USA TODAY, like many major media, is not repeating such accounts because it has no independent proof of their validity.)"

is classic. Exactly when did major media stop repeating accounts that it could not verify? About 30 minutes after Dan Rather was demoted? Or an hour after Eason Jordan resigned. Hmmmm. Guess it's okay to repeat garbage if it slams Bush, but anything that touches princess Hillary should be verified.

But as far as the book is concerned, it is tripe and won't be read by anyone except by those looking for gossip.

CSH

Quotes like Podhoretz's sel... (Below threshold)
kma:

Quotes like Podhoretz's sells books. Now, even I want to read it. Thanks! (You can all borrow it when I'm done.)

Weren't the MSM just celebr... (Below threshold)
terryw:

Weren't the MSM just celebrating the greatest unnamed source of the last thirty years, claiming that Deep Throats are essential to arriving at the truth?

And wasn't Kitty Kelley on every news show in America and never taken to task for her unnamed sources? I am conficted over this kind of thing because I don't believe the right ever get credit for taking the high road. I say take the gloves off.

"I am conficted over this k... (Below threshold)
MPA:

"I am conficted over this kind of thing because I don't believe the right ever get credit for taking the high road. I say take the gloves off.

Posted by: terryw at June 22, 2005 10:50 AM "

Since when does the Right take the highroad? All you people ever do is judge other people, deny rights to people who don't view things the same way you do, and refuse to assist people who need it. You are all just a bunch of bigoted, greedy people. And you think you take the high road? If that is the highroad thank God I am not one of you people.

Hmmmm."If that is ... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"If that is the highroad thank God I am not one of you people."

Yeah! And another thing you bastards drown puppies! **Puppies**!

You horrible genetically deformed maligant dupes of a BushHitler!

Hmmm.

You know that would pretty funny. How about a "best anti-Republican Bush hating single sentence diatribe"?

How come when Sy Hersh does... (Below threshold)

How come when Sy Hersh does entire articles with un-named sources no one in the MSM seems to give a shit?

MPA, To paraphrase... (Below threshold)
terryw:

MPA,

To paraphrase Howard Dean, "I hate Democrats and everything they stand for", "they have never worked an honest day in their lives", "they are braindead and evil personified"

If any senior Republican came close to this kind of rhetoric, the outcry would be deafening.

You must make Michael Moore very proud.

Hmmmm."How come wh... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"How come when Sy Hersh does entire articles with un-named sources no one in the MSM seems to give a shit?"

I'd suggest asking Jay Rosen, but all you'd get is a bunch of overwrought hand-wringing and no result. You could ask Howard Kurtz but he is only a "media critic" when Republicans are the target.

MPA, the irony in your post... (Below threshold)
DelphiGuy:

MPA, the irony in your post is overwhelming...

"Since when does the Right take the highroad?"

This book for starters, unlike the Kitty Kelley book which was warmly embraced by the left despite being similar garbage. I don't think I've seen a conservative blog that has accepted this book.

"All you people ever do is judge other people"

You mean like you are doing now?

"deny rights to people who don't view things the same way you do"

You mean like Christians? You know, who get their bibles thrown in the trash at school before going to a class where they have to pretend to be muslim?

"and refuse to assist people who need it"

You mean like the Iraqi's who, right now would still be crushed under Saddams boot if Howard Dean and the dems had their way?
What about the rest of the middle east that is slowly stirring into action to bring about democracy across the region?

"You are all just a bunch of bigoted"

Umm, yes, of course, the Dems with their KKK clan member, and jew hatred are just lovely. At least when a republican makes comments regarded as bigoted, his resignation is called for. In the dems they are welcomed.
Funny how many people in such a bigoted group are hoping that Condi Rice, a black female, runs in 2008.
You know, bigoted also applies when it's against white folks and males too.


"greedy people"

Yes, I must confess, I do like keeping a hold of the money I earn and not handing it over to Uncle Sam for 'redistribution'.


"And you think you take the high road?"

It's only your hatred that makes you not see that. Take a good look at what the democrats have become, what they support, who they are sided with, and what they defend. Then you'll wonder who is on the high road. There is a reason people are leaving the Dems in droves.

"If that is the highroad thank God I am not one of you people"

That makes two of us.

IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL TH... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL THAT HILLARY CLINTON IS BEING BLASTED.....ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL SHE & HER HUSBAND HAVE DONE FOR THIS COUNTRY....SOME OF YOU ACT LIKE THE PRESIDENTS JOB IS AN EASY ONE.....

THE CURRENT PRESIDENT'S FAMILY HAS BEEN IN BUISINESS WITH THE BIN LADEN FAMILY SINCE THE EARLY 70'S.....I DONT SEE ANY OF YOU BUSH SUPPORTERS SPEAKING ON THAT AT ALL.....

AND SOME OF YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO BELIEVE THAT BUSH IS A FAIR MAN....ESPECIALLY AFTER 911...

YOU ALL KNOW ITS TIME FOR A SERIOUS CHANGE......AND YOU ALL KNOW HILLARY CLINTON IS THE BEST CANDIDATE GOING.....

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE....DONT ANY OF YOU AGREE ??

JUST LOOK AT HOW BUSH WAS FIRST ELECTED.....THAT ALONE REQUIRES CHANGE


POINTMAN

What's the matter, Pointman... (Below threshold)
kma:

What's the matter, Pointman? The cap key stuck on the only keyboard on the only computer in the psych ward?

What's the matter, Pointman... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

What's the matter, Pointman? The cap key stuck on the only keyboard on the only computer in the psych ward?

Posted by: kma at June 22, 2005 08:17 PM

INTERESTING......THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON......AND THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS COMMENT ABOUT........CAPS

OBVIOUSLY...YOU REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE FREE SAMPLES OF COMMEN SENSE.......INSTEAD YOU CHOSE TO BUY IT AT RETAIL.......

I SUGGEST YOU START PRACTICING ON GOOD IDEAS AND PRODUCTIVITY......INSTEAD OF IGNORANCE......IT REALLY SHOWS YOU IN A DULL LIGHT....


POINTMAN

POINTMAN: You woul... (Below threshold)
fatman:

POINTMAN:

You wouldn't happen to be related to a dweeb named AARON, would you?

HMM....I WASNT SURE IF YOU ... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

HMM....I WASNT SURE IF YOU WERE BEING SUPPORTIVE OR JUDGEMENTAL......

INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE ISSUES AT HAND....PPL LIKE YOU & KMA TRY TO PLAY THE PUT-DOWN GAME AS IF YOU BOTH WERE SO MUCH BETTER THAN OTHERS.....

NO FATAZZ.....IM NOT RELATED TO AARON NOR DO I KNOW HIM.......BUT CONSIDERING THE WAY YOU DESCRIBE HIM......ITS SAFE TO ASSUME THAT HE IS WAY AHEAD OF YOU WHEN IT COMES TO USING COMMON SENSE INSTEAD OF STUPIDITY...


POINTMAN

POINTMAN: You woul... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

POINTMAN:

You wouldn't happen to be related to a dweeb named AARON, would you?

Posted by: fatman at June 22, 2005


WELL FATMAN......I SEE YOU FALL IN THE " DUMMY " CATEGORY....

ITS KOOL THAT YOU WOULD ASSOCIATE ME WITH THE TERM " DWEEB ".....BECAUSE IF THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS REPLY TO MY POST WITH THE CONTENT OF SOMEONE ELSE THAT YOU DONT APPROVE OF AND NOT THE ISSUE AT HAND.....ITS SAFE TO SAY THAT ANY " DWEEB " WOULD CLEARLY STAND FAR ABOVE YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY....

NO FATMAN...I DONT KNOW AARON NOR AM I RELATED TO ANYONE BY THAT NAME......

BUT IM MORE THAN SURE THAT THERE IS A "DICK" OR TWO RUNNING AROUND IN YOUR FAMILY....

TO BE HONEST...I WOULDNT BE ONE BIT SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT YOU WERE RAISED WITHOUT ANY MORALS.....

YA GOTTA ADMIT.....BY LOOKING AT YOUR POST...ITS SAFE TO ASSUME THAT YOU POSSES COWARDLY TENDENCIES....BECAUSE ALL YOU SEEM TO STAND FOR......IS IGNORANCE


POINTMAN

IF THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HI... (Below threshold)
KMA:

IF THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HILLARY, WHY DID YOU CHANGE IT TO BUSH BASHING? IS IT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOURSELF? THAT WOULD EXPLAIN YOUR OBNOXIOUS ALL CAPS POSTS.

IF WE AND THE REST OF AMERICA THOUGHT IT WAS TIME FOR A SERIOUS CHANGE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE RE-ELECTED BUSH, CAP-BOY.

AND IF AMERICA AGREED WITH YOU THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY “HAS DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE” WE WOULDN'T HAVE ELECTED BUSH TWICE AND HAVE A MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES.

WE DO AGREE THAT HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE GOING . . . FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!

POINTMAN:I asked a... (Below threshold)
fatman:

POINTMAN:

I asked about a possible relationship to AARON because he, like you, typed his comments in capital letters, which I am told is considered shouting and very rude. He also liked to change the subject, insult people and engage in ad hominem attacks. Just like you.

IF THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HI... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

IF THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HILLARY, WHY DID YOU CHANGE IT TO BUSH BASHING? IS IT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOURSELF? THAT WOULD EXPLAIN YOUR OBNOXIOUS ALL CAPS POSTS.

IF WE AND THE REST OF AMERICA THOUGHT IT WAS TIME FOR A SERIOUS CHANGE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE RE-ELECTED BUSH, CAP-BOY.

AND IF AMERICA AGREED WITH YOU THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY “HAS DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE” WE WOULDN'T HAVE ELECTED BUSH TWICE AND HAVE A MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES.

WE DO AGREE THAT HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE GOING . . . FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!

NOW KMA......

TRUE THE SUBJECT WAS ABOUT HILLARY....YOU CHANGED IT.....NOT I....SO THEREFORE....BASH YOURSELF FOR CHANGING IT....

AS FOR BUSH.....HE & HIS WHOLE FAMILY HAVE NOTHING BUT CORRUPTION IN THEIR HISTORY...I DONT HAVE TO SPELL IT OUT....MR. MOORE REVEALED QUITE A BIT OF TRUTH....I SUGGEST YOU LOOK INTO THE GREAT DEPRESSION ,THE JFK KILLINGS , THE SAVINGS & LOAN SCANDALS , AND OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT'S FIRST ELECTION......OH YEA...THE OLLIE NORTH SCANDAL TOO....
DO I NEED TO BRING UP THE KOREAN NUCLEAR MISSLE CONFLICT ?....
THE 911 KNOWLEDGE BEFORE-HAND ?......
THE IGNORANCE TOWARDS UNITED NATIONS RESISTENCE ?....
THE BUSH/BINLADEN BUISINESS DEALINGS DATING BACK TO THE EARLY 70'S ???...
THE WAR ????????

I HAVE A BROTHER OVER THERE KMA......TRUST ME....NONE OF THE TROOPS ARE FOR THIS WAR BY ANY REASON...AND THEY NEVER WERE ONCE THEY GOT OVER THERE AND LEARNED THE TRUTH.....

IF YOU LOOK DEEP...YOU WILL FIND THAT A MEMBER OF THE BUSH FAMILY WAS INVOLVED IN EACH OF THESE EVENTS IN A MAJOR WAY AND PROFITTING FROM THEM WHILE THE PEOPLE & THE TROOPS DIED AND SUFFERED.....

YOU WILL BE MORE THAN SURPRISED TO SEE WHAT IS TRUTH AND WHAT IS SPECULATED

AS FOR THE REST OF AMERICA....SPEAK FOR YOURSELF....YOU CANNOT HELP YOUR IGNORANCE....LET ALONE SPEAK FOR ANYONE ELSE..THATS OBVIOUS

AS FOR MY CAPS.....YOU CAN TAKE IT HOW YOU WANT...I REALLY DONT CARE....ITS WHAT I AM SAYING THATS IMPORTANT

NOW THE REPUBLICAN PARTY..?......DOING DAMAGE ??.........OF COURSE....IF YOU REALLY THINK AMERICA IS IN BETTER SHAPE NOW THAN BEFORE BUSH TOOK OVER...........THEN YOU ARE NOT ONLY IGNORANT....BUT STUPID AS WELL......BUSH JR. HAS MADE IT WORSE NOW THAN WHEN HIS FATHER WAS DOING DAMAGE...HELL EVEN ASK THAT PROUD BIGOT...RUSH LUMBAUGH...HE WILL TELL YOU WHAT HE HATES TO ADMIT
ABOUT THE DAMAGE BUSH IS DOING...

AND YES.....HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE OUT THERE...REGARDLESS WHAT PARTY SHE CHOOSES...AND IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT AMERICA VOTED BUSH IN AGAIN....THEN YOU ARE MORE BLIND THAN STUPID..

NOW.....YOU READY TO DEBATE HILLARY'S BOOK ??


AND NOW YOU .....FATAZZ

POINTMAN:

I asked about a possible relationship to AARON because he, like you, typed his comments in capital letters, which I am told is considered shouting and very rude. He also liked to change the subject, insult people and engage in ad hominem attacks. Just like you.

Posted by: fatman at June 23, 2005 02:45 PM

YOU CAN CONSIDER MY CAPS RUDE IF YOU WANT.....IM ONLY SPEAKING......AND I REFUSE TO EXPLAIN MY REASONS BECAUSE OF YOUR APPROACH.....

AS FOR CHANGING THE SUBJECT.....WHERE & WHEN DID I CHANGE IT ??.........OR ARE U RIDING KMA'S STUPIDITY WAGON ?

YOU TEND TO OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT IM TAKING THE TIME TO INSULT YOU IN RESPONSE.....NOT INTIALLY

YOU ATTACKED ME...NOT I TOWARDS YOU....UNLIKE YOUR CLAIMS ON THAT FELLOW AARON

SO GET IT STRAIGHT FATAZZ......KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WHY BEFORE YOU PUT YOURSELF ON THE OFFENSIVE....YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS


POINTMAN

IN ADDITION , TO KMA AND FA... (Below threshold)
POINTMAN:

IN ADDITION , TO KMA AND FATMAN

I THINK THE TWO OF YOU ARE CLAIMING THAT I CHANGED THE SUBJECT FROM HILLARY TO BUSH BECAUSE I BROUGHT UP BUSH IN MY INTIAL STATEMENT.....

I BROUGHT HIM UP TO SOLIDIFY MY REASON FOR CHANGE IN THE PRESIDENCY....HILLARY CLEARLY WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PRESIDENT FOR THIS COUNTRY THAN OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT...

I DIDNT BRING HIM UP TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT......MY POINT WAS ...." A MUCH NEEDED CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY ".....GET IT NOW ???

THATS WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS NOW MORE THAN EVER....BESIDES.....CONSIDERING THE PISS-POOR JOB BUSH IS DOING , BY THE TIME HIS TERM IS UP.......THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY WILL BE QUITE TIRED OF THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE MORE THAN READY FOR A REAL " FRESH START " .....WHICH IS WHY I SPOKE UP TO BEGIN WITH....PEOPLE WERE BLASTING HILLARY CLINTON WHEN THEY KNOW SHE NOT ONLY KNOWS ALL THE ANGLES.....BUT CAN IMPLEMENT REAL RESULTS.....AS SHE DID PROUDLY AS A FIRST LADY....AND IS STILL DOING AS A SENATOR...

SO...WHETHER YOU TWO ARE OUT TO BLAST MY CAPS.....MAKE FALSE CLAIMS IN MY INITIAL STATEMENT...OR JUST PRACTICING COWARD-HEARTED TENDENCIES...I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU USE THE PROPER TOOLS WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO PICK A FIGHT , AT LEAST THAT WAY YOU CAN STAND ON SOLID GROUND....USING SOLID FACTS.......INSTEAD OF SENSELESS FINGER-POINTING...


POINTMAN




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