As Dan Rather demonstrated when he interviewed the President on 60 Minutes II, the Clinton legacy will always be bedeviled by the blue dress. The news media sacrificed their dignity over it, and Ken Starr his future. Every 10-year-old who ever steps into the Clinton library will torture the curators there over it, causing a Read More
Wednesday, March 22
WNBC’s 11 o’clock news plunged directly into the mouth of hell on Sunday night, March 19.
Here’s what viewers saw when they tuned in: weekend anchor Glen Walker, sitting all alone in a vaguely familiar, bare-bones newsroom, reading the day’s news, sports and weather, and apologizing over and over for major Read More
A Vast Conspiracy , by Jeffrey Toobin. Random House, 422 pages, $25.95.
Where were you when President Clinton was impeached? Or when he was acquitted? Can you believe that you’ve not only forgotten, but that the whole ugly thing ended just a year ago?
Jeffrey Toobin recalls it all, and in A Vast Conspiracy Read More
An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton , by Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press, 276 pages, $24.95.
While the Clintons house-hunt in Westchester County, plan Hillary’s run for the Senate and spin novel psychoanalytic and religious explanations for the President’s behavior, the rest of us have been left to Read More
Linda Tripp’s indictment on two charges of illegal wiretapping
may have been a necessary vindication of the rule of law, as the Maryland state
prosecutor insists. But actually sending her to prison-a conviction on either
felony count carries a maximum sentence of five years-would constitute terrible
and unwarranted punishment of a woman who already is Read More
Debbie Then started writing her new book Women Who Stay With Men Who Stray back in those forgotten days when Monica Lewinsky was just another star-struck young woman who went home at night wondering if her powerful, middle-aged, married boyfriend knew her name. And now Dr. Then, one of them there relationships experts, finds herself Read More
No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton , by Christopher Hitchens. Verso, 122 pages, $19.
Christopher Hitchens’ last-minute appearance in the impeachment drama was thrilling if only for his open denim shirt and hairy chest, his cursed and boozy Richard Burton sex appeal. Here at last was someone from the Read More
Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of Miramax Films, rested his pale, meaty hand at the base of the burnished gold statuette on the table before him. It was 1:30 a.m., and Miramax’s Oscar party at the Beverly Hills Hotel was standing-room-only, save for the small strip of guarded V.I.P. territory where Mr. Weinstein, his wife, Eve, Read More
“Is Army Archerd going to greet us at the end of this hall?” said Liz Smith, wending her way down a long corridor to an exhibition space on Christie’s second floor on March 10. The untethered Texan native, who once described her brand of gossip as “news in a red satin dress,” batted the long Read More
The Monica interview, like Monica Lewinsky herself, has now been much chewed over and sits among us like an old doggy bone, unraveling, splintering while everyone waits for someone else to take it off the living room rug. Bear with me for a little more nibbling. I was interested in the President’s statement to her, Read More