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Whitewash: What the Media Won't Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will Hardcover – November 13, 2007

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L. BRENT BOZELL III is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, the nation’s leading media watchdog organization. He is the author of Weapons of Mass Distortion and a nationally syndicated columnist who is a regular guest on television and radio news programs.

TIM GRAHAM is director of media analysis for the Media Research Center. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and the Washington Times, among other publications.

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Chapter 1

Definitely Not Tammy Wynette

I just don't believe any of that.

--Hillary Clinton on Gennifer Flowers's allegations of an affair with Bill Clinton, January 1992

I thought the whole thing was disingenuous, because at the time I found it impossible to believe that Hillary didn't know anything about it. Just like I don't believe for a moment she didn't know about Monica Lewinsky.

--Rush Limbaugh on the Clintons' handling of the 1992 Gennifer Flowers scandal, in an interview with the authors

For years, the worst-kept secret in Washington was that Hillary Rodham Clinton would run for president. Her candidacy was such a foregone conclusion for so long that it's hard to remember a time when her designs on the Oval Office weren't being closely analyzed. But it's worth recalling the unlikely path Mrs. Clinton has taken to becoming a presidential front-runner. Before she ran for the Senate in 2000, for example, she had never even held elective office. And when did the buzz about her possible Senate run begin? Right in the midst of her husband's impeachment trial--only the second presidential impeachment in U.S. history.

Just how did this happen?

To answer that question requires going back to the time when Hillary Clinton emerged upon the national scene, in January 1992. As a close examination of the record reveals, Mrs. Clinton had a vast army of supporters building up her credentials from the very beginning. Those supporters were found in the media.

Indeed, from the moment Hillary walked onto the national stage, the media hailed her as a woman on the verge of history, a feminist trailblazer, a pioneer of women's liberation, like a female Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in Guccis. If her husband was elected president, she would be the first First Lady to have an "independent" career of her own. The many liberals and feminists now in the press corps could visualize one of their own as a White House spouse, chafing at the demand to glue on a plastic smile and pretend she lived for the annual Easter Egg Roll, choosing instead to use her honorary office to strike blows for "social justice." Empathy for Hillary's pioneer plight oozed between every sentence of many Woodstock generation media accounts.

It's a pattern we have seen repeated again and again in the fifteen-plus years since.

"I Don't Think It's Worthy of Comment"

Hillary Clinton entered the national picture in a less-than-traditional way, in the middle of a political crisis for her husband. A scandal threatened to bury her husband's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination just as he had pulled ahead in polls. A tabloid newspaper had paid a six-figure sum to Gennifer Flowers, a blond former TV reporter from Little Rock who claimed that Bill Clinton had cheated with her for twelve years behind Hillary's back, and had rewarded her services with a state job while he served as governor of Arkansas. Most people were introduced to Hillary on 60 Minutes as she sat in a turquoise turtleneck and jacket and a girlish black headband, her husband's political career teetering on a precipice, and defended him with a clenched fist as he mumbled vague admissions about inflicting "pain" in their marriage.

The world would one day recognize the Gennifer Flowers incident as not a marital slip but just another episode in Bill's serial adultery. Ultimately we would also learn that her husband's constant philandering was well known to Hillary. The marriage as a loving relationship was a farce. So why did Hillary so stoutly stand by her man? Why endure the tortured embarrassment of a national spectacle?

From a political standpoint, the answer seems obvious: A public termination of the marriage would destroy Bill Clinton's national political aspirations--and hers.

But beyond that long-term benefit, Hillary also reaped an immediate public relations bonanza. She evoked an outpouring of sympathy, a feeling so strong that even Flowers wrote in her book Passion and Betrayal about how Hillary passed right in front of her face without looking at her at the Governor's Mansion. "She could have slapped me right off the sidewalk and I would have deserved it. I actually sympathized with her."

Rumors about Bill Clinton's infidelities had been circulating for months, but there were no specifics. On September 17, 1991, about two weeks before the Clinton campaign officially took off in Little Rock, the Clintons went to Washington, D.C., for the Godfrey Sperling press breakfast. There they employed what would be their strategy on adultery allegations: to muddle through them with vague spin in order to convince the news media to take Bill's past sins off the table. Robert Novak was at the press breakfast that morning, and he remembered that the Clintons "seemed uneasy waiting" to get to their marital message. When finally a question was raised, Bill Clinton's answer, as reported by Novak, was typically Clintonian, a clever parsing of words ultimately signifying nothing: "Like nearly anybody that's been together twenty years, our relationship has not been perfect or free of difficulties. But we feel good about where we are. We believe in our obligations. And we intend to be together thirty or forty years from now, regardless of whether I run for president or not." For his part, Sperling, of The Christian Science Monitor, remembered Hillary "nodding emphatically."

This breakfast was a smashing success. The nonanswer was good enough for reporters, perhaps because the Clintons already had them at "Hello." Time political writer Michael Kramer ratified the vague-answers-are-enough consensus of the press, writing that the amorphous admission of "pain" was "received as a welcome exercise in truth telling." Sperling expressed the media's conventional wisdom when he wrote that if the two of them had reconciled, there was no political problem. In short, only Hillary would have the moral authority to decide if adultery mattered--a victim's veto. If she'd decided his straying was okay, then the matter was settled.

On January 16, 1992, the national tabloid The Star printed recycled allegations of adultery from a 1990 lawsuit by Clinton adversary Larry Nichols, but even then the Clinton campaign barely broke a sweat. Reporters viewed this story as little more than shaky gossip coming from embittered Clinton foes. At this point Hillary was still telling Time's Margaret Carlson, "My marriage is solid, full of love and friendship, but it's too profound to talk about glibly."

But a week later The Star was back, and this time promised evidence. Gennifer Flowers stepped forward to say that she'd enjoyed a long-standing affair with Clinton and had tapes of phone conversations with him to prove it. Samples of the taped conversations were released, and now the Clinton machine knew it had a potential disaster on its hands. Former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos recalled in his memoir All Too Human, "I couldn't bear the thought that an old dalliance dredged up by a tabloid would curtail the professional experience of my life." If that "experience of my life" was in month number three of his professional affiliation with Clinton, one can just imagine how Mrs. Clinton felt after more than two decades molding her husband's chance at national office.

To put out the fire, the Clintons sent trusted adviser Mandy Grunwald to do their bidding on ABC's Nightline. Bill and Hillary must have enjoyed watching her beat Ted Koppel senseless even though he was taking a relatively soft approach to the adultery issue. "You haven't been talking about the middle class!" Grunwald charged. "You haven't talked about why Bill Clinton has captured people's imagination." Koppel was left to applaud her aggression: "So far you've done a very effective job of putting me on the defensive and asking me questions, which is perfectly appropriate."

Nightline reporter Jeff Greenfield, who delivered the setup piece for the interview, had no aggressive journalism to offer, either. His report featured a sound bite of Bill Clinton saying, "I read the story. It isn't true. And I told her [Flowers] over and over, I said, 'Just tell the truth. Tell the truth.'" Then Greenfield added this Hillary quote: "I just don't believe any of that and I don't think it's worthy of comment."

The media were focusing on Hillary's final point--the story wasn't worthy of comment--but ignoring the factual particulars. Greenfield ran a portion of the transcript discussing the affair. Judge for yourself whether Clinton and Flowers had an affair and were discussing a cover-up:

CLINTON: I thought they'd look into it. But, you know, I just think a crazy person like Larry Nichols is not enough to get a story on the television with names in it.

FLOWERS: Right. Well, he better not get on there and start naming names.

CLINTON: Well, that's what I mean. You know, if all the people who are named . . . deny it . . . That's all, I mean, I expected them to come look into it and interview you and everything, uh, but I just think that if everybody's on record denying it, you've got no problem.

FLOWERS: Well, I don't think . . . I don't think . . . I don't . . . Well, why would they waste their money and time coming down here unless someone showed 'em some interest? See, they weren't here tonight and they're not going to be there.

CLINTON: No, no. See, that's it. I mean, they're gonna run this Larry Nichols thing down, they're gonna try to goad people up, you know, but if everybody kinda hangs tough, they're just not going to do anything. They can't.

FLOWERS: No, they can't.

CLINTON: They can't run a story like this unless somebody said, "Yeah, I did it with him."

What about the charge that Clinton used his power to award Flowers a job on the state payroll?

FLOWERS: The only thing that concerns me, where I'm...

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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; 1st edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307340201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307340207
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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81 of 97 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Carrad on November 16, 2007
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...and this book presents it. I was sorry to see the one star review from someone who has evidently not yet actually read this book. It has something for you no matter what end of the political spectrum you are on. Facts speak louder than opinions, and this book is full of them. Its subject is an appalling sociopath who wants to control every aspect of our lives and whose history is full of dishonesty and denial with no qualifications for the Presidency she shamelessly seeks. Thoughtful, well-written, provocative. Read it and then make up your mind.
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88 of 106 people found the following review helpful By mactans on November 19, 2007
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The saddest thing about this book is that it had to be written at all. The Clinton's involvement in criminal activity is so overt and obvious that anyone who pays even the slightest attention has known about it since before they were ever co-presidents. I will not even bother to elaborate on all of the crimes and how many of the Clinton's associates in those matters have ended up in prison or meeting very mysterious deaths. It is sad that people who pay so little attention, or who are simply to dimwitted to see the obvious are allowed to vote in this country. This is why the founders did not support the idea of everyone being allowed to vote. Originally, only land owners were allowed to vote because the founders placed so much value on liberty and proper government that they greatly feared what would happen if the un-informed, poorly educated masses were allowed to vote. How correct they were. As usual. What you get is the modern Democrat party in office in spite of their anti-american, often treasonous, criminal activity.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Atkinsonlen on December 2, 2007
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Brent Bozell has painted a very accurate picture of the Clinton modus of operation and the documented bias of the mainstream media. He names names , dates, and places and has obviously done his homework. Aside from the hypocrisy and duplicity of the Clintons who are portrayed as congenital liars, corrupt, mean, and manipulative, the bias of the mainstream media and the effect they have on the political landscape is frightening, and the main thrust of the book. I'm a recovering liberal (their Socialist and partisan agenda lost me) who voted for Bill C. twice( we all make mistakes) and feel hoodwinked by the media. A subtle manipulation that the average or casual viewer or reader may not pick up on--they are duplicitous. This is a book for middle of the roaders and Independents. If you're far left, you won't buy it or believe it. If you're far right, it's preaching to the choir. But before the next election I would hope those that depend on the nightly news and the mainstream print media for truth in reporting read this. This woman is not qualified or fit to be President. She made "politics of personal destruction " an art form. The "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"" (A book by Jeffrey Toobin that I also read) exists only in her mind and is right out of the Clinton playbook. When cornered , play the "poor me" victim card, obfuscate, blame "they" and lie. The media will enable and help.
The left wing conpiracy poses far more danger to all of us. You will know that there are far more Dan Rathers and Katie Courics than there are Rush Limbaughs. This book shines a light on the fawning and incompetent cockroaches in the mainstream media. How her and her husband keep getting a free pass is beyond reasonable comprehension. I was a registered Democrat for 45 years and believe every word of it. It's on the money!
Thank you Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
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117 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
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If only millions would read this Book! What Brent Bozell does hear in Whitewash, is explain how a First Lady, to a disgraced, impeached president (who left us in a recession, with a weekend military, and valuable to terrorists attacks) become a presidential frontrunner; despite never having held elective office before 2001? NEW York You know not what you have done. Brent Bozell goes on to show how this all happen despite her staggering number of personal, political and financial scandals-Lost FileGate, Whitewatergate, trvaloficegate, FBI Files Gate, her miss use of the FBI and IRS and on and on; and on top of that, her leftist political agenda, which is not in line with us average Americans, we love the USA not the USSR.

Brent Bozell shows us is how the media in the USA have done the Clinton's bidding for 15 years. There is a stunning number of stories that the media have underreported, excused and buried for the Clinton's. Even Honest Clinton supporters will admit this, there is no doubt. If a Republics was accused of 1/100th of what the Clinton's have done they would be hounded out of office by the national media. Its an amazing double standard, and it exists as democrat vs republican in general, but is so amplified with the Clinton's its just amazing. How many times can they take illegal money from the communists Chinese Government and Military and there not be an investigation? How many women lives have the Clinton's ruined? For example Paula Jones, J. Broadrick, Jennifer Flowers and on and on. Monica L was lucky there was evidence our she would of ended up in a metal ward. How many scandals can they get away with?

What did Sandy Berger Steel, for the Clinton's to keep from the 9-11 commission, at the national archives?
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