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Fools for Scandal: How The Media Invented Whitewater Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Lyons details each basic fact of Whitewater as a business, as a deal, and as a scandal. That it has been turned into a scandal is a tribute to how easily we can become victims of a hoax. Take the case of Jean Lewis, the so-called RTC whistle-blower. Since Madison Guaranty had no assets to recover for the RTC, Jean Lewis was assigned to other Arkansas S&Ls that had cost the government 20x more and did have recoverable assets. Jean Lewis announced to the coworker she was "out to change history" during the fall 1992 campaign and disobeying her superiors and her assigned case load worked full time to follow Madison Guaranty.Read more ›
It's really quite chilling to read Lyons' account of how processed the NY Time's version of "news" was, how much of the truth they covered up, and how few of the inconvenient facts they allowed their readers to see. The Time's just prints all the news that fits the myth. It's very scary that most other newspapers follow the mighty Times like sheep and just accept their accounts.
I really didn't have much sympathy for Hillary Clinton until I read this book, and now I have some insight into what she endured, and why she made certain decisions. It's a disturbing and uncomfortable truth that Lyons tells, but Americans need to know.
Lyons dissects Gerth's "journalism" word by word, innuendo by innuendo, half-truth by half-truth, lie by lie, smear by smear. Any reporter at a self-respecting college newspaper who was as dishonest as Gerth was in his Whitewater stories would've been immediately fired.
Before reading "Fools for Scandal," I was annoyed by Jeff Gerth's "journalism"; now I'm angry at both him and The New York Times, since they have obviously become tools of the most poisonous element in our political culture, the right wing.
When the history of this era -- with its right-wing smear machine and the corrupt journalism that is the machine's partner in crime -- is taught, "Fools for Scandal" should be required reading.
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I got hooked on his column when I lived in Little Rock. This book is good, but precedes and doesn't supplement a lot to The Hunting of the President, that he wrote with Joe... Read morePublished on December 23, 2007 by Charles A. Robinson
This is a book you buy to validate your pre-conceived notion that a conspiracy haunted Bill Clinton. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by Piper Lauie
I am about 5 years too late in reading this book. There has been so much else written about this particular item that only a new comer to the issue will find this book full of new... Read morePublished on May 21, 2003 by John G. Hilliard
Reading Fools for Scandal: How the Media Invented Whitewater, I was reminded of the film Runaway Bride. Anybody see that? Read morePublished on February 25, 2003 by Jacob Whatley
This book was written four years ago and has stood the test of time. When future Historians study our era they will be referring to this book to understand the massive hysteria... Read morePublished on May 14, 2000
While I am not a fan of Bill Clinton, a few years back I read this book for the purposes of "opposition research". There are a number of problems with it. Read morePublished on March 17, 2000 by Oskar
Gene Lyons is a terrific writer of fiction, and that's what this book mostly is. After reading the book, I researched the so-called errors that Lyons points out and found that... Read morePublished on March 3, 2000 by Scott
Not since the late I. F. Stone debunked the Pentagon's PR campaign for Vietnam has a journalist so completely destoyed a popular myth perpetuated by a lazy press in service of the... Read morePublished on February 21, 2000
The nucleus of Lyons' book began as an October 1994 article in Harper's Magazine. In it he confirmed what I and others had suspected: There was no there there in the Whitewater... Read morePublished on January 19, 2000 by Susan Nunes