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.