THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
Whitewater excitement revived: Right on schedule, a new storyline has perhaps begun to emerge.
We refer to this Whitewater revival by Michael Isikoff, one-time Newsweek sleuth. Joe Conason’s rebuttal can be found at The National Memo.
Storylines arrive, then spread. This is a dangerous ball game.
We’ll suggest that you start by reading Conason’s piece. Let’s explain where he fits into this story:
In 1996, Gene Lyons published Fools for Scandal: How the Media Invented Whitewater. The book grew out of an earlier report by Lyons in Harpers.
(The venerable magazine also published Lyons’ book.)
Fools for Scandal described the way the New York Times and the Washington Post invented the Whitewater pseudo-scandal. In the year 2000, Lyons and Conason teamed to write The Hunting of the President, a more detailed study of the way the Republican establishment conned the mainstream press corps into pimping a decade of Clinton “scandals.”
As noted, Fools for Scandal appeared in 1996. Despite active promotion by Harpers, the career liberal world ran away from the naughty book, screaming and holding their keisters.
By then, everyone who was anyone had signed on to the various Clinton tales.
Until they got lucky in the matter of Miss Lewinsky, the long string of trumpeted scandals all turned out to be pseudo-scandals. But so what? From Howell Raines on through to Frank Rich, everyone purchased the poppycock.
Then, the real disaster:
Two weeks after impeachment failed, in March 1999, they turned their guns on Candidate Gore. Our geniuses spent the next twenty months inventing claims against him.
People are dead all over the world because this terrible conduct occurred. As this terrible conduct unfolded, people like Rich, Dionne and Alter all sat and watched, when they weren't joining in.
To this day, these upstanding citizens have never discussed the astonishing era in question—the era in which the many Clinton “scandals” gave way to the many Gore “lies.” To this day, the career liberal world has agreed that the public can’t be told about this astonishing era.
Darlings, it simply can’t be done! Too many big hitters were up to their ears in this embarrassing insider mess.
No one disgraced himself any more than Chris Matthews. Today, he’s Rachel Maddow’s “beloved colleague and pal,” a star of the corporate “liberal” world!
At any rate, Isikoff is back with his Whitewater tales; so is Brother Conason. History suggests that this won’t take us to a desirable place.
History suggests that this may result in new, improved “storylines.” History suggests that the “liberal world” will just sit there and take it.
We can already hear them! We refer to those progressives who will have this reaction:
Good! This may knock Clinton out of the race! We’ll get a good strong progressive instead!
No one can save us from ourselves! The plutocrats have always relied on us for such reactions.
Clinton may not be your cup of tea; that is totally fine with us. But this sort of thing can’t be permitted.
How hard is it to understand that? Just amazingly hard...
Lawrence also helped the cause: In October 2000, Lawrence O’Donnell went on The McLaughlin Group to complain about Gore’s lies. His chosen example was utterly bogus, as had been clear for a year.
Lawrence remains an overt Clinton-hater. Clownishly, Matthews has flipped.
(In fairness, Lawrence says he was raised by marmots. That may provide an excuse.)