Sunday The Drudge Report showcased one of the explosive claims in Edward Klein’s new book, The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President, that Bill Clinton raped her – resulting the conception of daughter Chelsea. This follows last weeks gossip report that said Hillary embraced the “culture of lesbianism” while at Wellesley College.
Klein is best known as an editor at Newsweek and The New York Times Magazine, as well as a best-selling Kennedy biographer. The book supposedly draws on on rare access to inside sources to reveal what Hillary knew and when she knew it during her years as first lady, especially during her husband’s impeachment. Klein’s publisher alleges that the book will be a newsworthy event, and prove she lied in her bestselling autobiography.
Conservative bloggers, as well as liberal bloggers, have roundly rejected Klein’s work based on the Drudge story. Read Ed Morrisey’s criticism of Klein, then Ankle Bitting Pundit’s, Betsy Newmark, etc.
From the scurrilous nature of the two pieces of gossip known about Klein’s embargoed book, it appears headed to the tabloid aisle to be featured prominently next to the Weekly World News. Given the way Media Matters is spinning the as yet unseen book, it does cause one to wonder whether the two leaks might be a case of Hillary supporters attempting to preemptively discrediting the book. While that may not in fact actually be the case, the two known pieces of the book do a pretty effective job of casting the whole work as a rehash of Hillary gossip stories through the years.
The Drudge Report story is of marital rape is so bizarre when seen on it’s own it makes one wonder whether, in its full context, the term might have been used jokingly by Bill Clinton. Short of that explanation it’s almost imperceivable how such unsubstantiated detail would be included in what is purported to be a thoroughly researched book. Embracing the “culture of lesbianism” sounds like a not very clever way to imply guilt by association. Take together those two pieces of Klein’s story don’t give the impression that a substantive study of Hillary is forthcoming.
Leaving aside the “Hillary is furious” portion of the Drudge story, consider what you would do if your job was to minimize the fallout from the book for Hillary Clinton. Wouldn’t you attempt to preemptively discredit the book, the author, the publisher, or anyone associated with it? Of course you would. If that was the case, pushing out two easily rebutted bombshells from the book could engender well deserved sympathy for your client, and paint the author as a hack before his whole work and been seen by anyone.
Of course that’s just a theory, the author may not need any assistance in proving the sliminess of his work. We’ll see about that next week.
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