Part 4—Hillary-hatred and novels: Why do so many people seem to hate Hillary Clinton?
For obvious reasons, it's an important question. When Michelle Goldberg asked the question this week, she considered every possible answer—every possible answer but one.
What's the source of the Hillary hatred? To consider the answer Goldberg skipped, let's recall something which happened way back in June 1999.
Way back in June 1999, the New York Yankees decided to visit the White House. The Yankees were reigning World Series champs. As such, they made their ceremonial visit to The House Ruth Didn't Build.
This prompted a comment by the first lady. Her comment helped us see that she, like Candidate Gore, was clearly The World's Biggest Liar.
What did the first lady blurt? In the Washington Post, on the front page of Style, a reporter named Frank Ahrens helped the nation confront a new, deeply troubling problem.
The nation seemed to require no prompting. According to Ahrens, the nation had "collectively hurled" in reaction to what Clinton said:
AHRENS (6/11/99): On yesterday's "Today" show, the first lady played her familiar wink-and-a-nod, maybe-I'm-running-maybe-I'm-not shtick with host Katie Couric, who asked Clinton first about the New York Knicks—currently battling in the NBA playoffs—and then about the Yankees.Why had the nation "collectively hurled?" It was the obvious lying! Let's establish a bit of background to Ahren's remarkable statement:
"Are you a big Knicks fan?" Couric asked.
"I'm becoming a big Knicks fan," the first lady responded, laughing.
"More and more every day, huh?" Couric parried.
And then a sleepy-eyed nation collectively hurled.
Later, Clinton asserted that she'd "always been a Yankees fan." Couric correctly challenged her, saying she thought the first lady, a native of Illinois, was a Chicago Cubs fan.
"I am a Cubs fan," Clinton said. "But I needed an American League team...so as a young girl, I became very interested and enamored of the Yankees."
At this time, the first lady was exploring the possibility of running for the Senate from the state of New York. For this reasons, all the savants—all the life forms like Ahrens—knew that Clinton was telling a lie, looking for a way to gain favor with Empire State voters.
Please understand—at this time, the savants were busy creating an ugly, destructive novel about Candidate Gore. They were busy inventing the "lies" which established the fact that Gore, Bill Clinton's chosen successor, was The World's Biggest Liar, just like Bill Clinton before him.
At the time Ahren's piece appeared, Gore was about to make his formal announcement. The "press corps" was about to land on him like a ton of bricks.
(No one was more active in this lynching than the Washington Post's Style section—Eugene Robinson, editor.)
On June 16, Gore made his announcement; the mockery was ubiquitous. On June 18, the headline appeared in the New York Post which defined the novel the "press corps" was writing:
AL GORE, LIAR, the headline said.
The corps kept typing that tale about Clinton's successor for the next sixteen months. They invented Gore's "lies" as they went. Their conduct sent Bush to the White House.
To this day, you're not allowed to see or hear this conduct discussed—and along the way, the Clinton-hating insider "press corps" was eager to type the same pleasing novel about Bill Clinton's rank wife.
(Bill Clinton had survived impeachment four months earlier. Rather plainly, this conduct was furious payback.)
At any rate, there you see a bit of the background to the Cubs/Yankees remark. Life forms like Ahrens knew what to do in reaction.
(To give you a hint of his own moral greatness, Ahrens serves today as an executive for a Washington PR firm. "Innovative communications executive who delivered results at a global Fortune 100 firm in Asia and builds business at a top-line agency in the U.S.," the giant's self-description says. "Crafts and executes communication strategies across multiple platforms, sharpened for maximum impact and clarity of message.")
Back in June 1999, Ahrens went to work. He employed the colorful language which would call the rest of the life forms to action.
The nation had "collectively hurled" when the first lady made her claim, he said. Appallingly, the first lady had said that she had been a fan of the Cubs and the Yankees.
Triggered by Ahrens, the various life forms of the press did in fact swing into action. Tomorrow, we'll show you some of the things they said about the first lady at that time.
We'll also recall the way the life forms returned to the first lady's obvious lie when she sought her party's nomination for president in 2007 and 2008. Once the life forms get a script they like, the script will never die.
The first lady was called every name in the book by the various life forms and jackals. Michelle Goldberg will never tell you, but this is one of the obvious answers to the question she raised in her long piece for Slate.
Why do so many people hate Clinton? Tomorrow, we'll recall the reams of derision which landed on her head for her obvious lie, not just in 1999 but also eight years later.
For today, let's note a small minor problem with Ahrens' magnificent conduct. Let's note two profiles of Clinton which had run in his own Washington Post years before the nation collectively hurled.
When Hillary Clinton was a girl, did she root for the Cubs and the Yankees? This Sunday, in a high profile piece in the New York Times, the appalling Gail Collins reminded the world of how crazy this silly claim was.
In fairness to the horrific Collins, she was simply repeating a claim her coven has peddled for seventeen years. Today, let's recall the profiles of Clinton which disappeared when Ahrens triggered the maelstrom.
Uh-oh! Back in 1994, the White House had thrown a picnic on the South Lawn to celebrate Ken Burns' "long-awaited" documentary film, "Baseball." At the Washington Post, Donnie Radcliffe reported on the event.
Radcliffe's piece appeared on the front page of Style, as Ahren's piece would do years later. But the Big Liar jihad hadn't started, so no storm emerged when Radcliffe report the first lady's fiendish lie:
RADCLIFFE (9/12/94): Among the picnic's other attractions, which included a be-your-own-trading-card photo booth and standard ballpark fare of popcorn and hotdogs (plus more elaborate cuisine), was Hillary Clinton, who hit a couple of balls in the batting cage.Fiendishly, the first lady told her lie.
"That was a great swing," Burns told her. "Did you get some batting practice before the screening, just to warm up?"
Mrs. Clinton, who as a kid was a "big-time" fan of the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees and "understudied" Ernie Banks and Mickey Mantle, smiled. Another favorite was Satchel Paige and his advice on how to stay healthy.
"I always loved 'Don't look back, somebody might be gaining on you.' " she said.
Or might her claim have been true? The first lady had quoted Satchel Paige correctly. Is it possible that she really was a baseball fan—a baseball fan who, as a child, had supported the Cubs and the Yankees?
Is it possible that her statement was true? Readers, of course it is! Indeed, shortly before she became first lady, another profile in the Washington Post had painted a similar picture.
Martha Sherrill penned that profile of Clinton. At various points, she described the type of upbringing Clinton received from her father.
Below, we learn where Clinton's swing came from—the swing Ken Burns would later admire. We also encounter an early variant of that fiendish lie:
SHERRILL (1/11/93): One spring, the entire Rodham family went every day to Hinckley Park and watched Hugh Rodham pitch and pitch and pitch until his daughter Hillary learned to belt a curveball. In sixth grade, she started taking piano lessons from Margaret-Lucy Lessard, who had a big dark house down the street, with her dead stuffed pets, Pomeranians, in a glass case in the living room. And in eighth grade, she learned to square-dance—but didn't date or anything. Everybody went out in groups. She was a mimic, a Ping-Pong player and a wading-pool lifeguard.As you probably know, Maris and Mantle were, at that time, the fabulous stars of the Yankees. Ricketts, Clinton's childhood pal, remembered her rattling their stats.
Whatever goal lingered in her mind—she has said she wanted to be an astronaut, her friends remember her talking about becoming a doctor—her focus was far away, years away, another place. "She had absolutely no vanity," remembers Jeannie Snodgrass Almo, a high school classmate who now runs Kids First, a day-care center in D.C. "She was totally unconcerned about how she appeared to people—and she was loved for that."
While her girlfriends had crushes, stared at boys, padded their bras, Hillary talked about politics, Sputnik and sports. "We used to sit on the front porch and solve the world's problems," said Rick Ricketts, her neighbor and friend since they were 8. "She also knew all the players and stats, batting averages—Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle—everything about baseball."
As a child, did Hillary Clinton root for the Cubs and the Yankees? In 1993 and 1994, the Washington Post ran profiles which said and suggested that she actually did.
By 1999, though, an ugly jihad was on. Life forms like Ahrens were reinventing Candidate Gore as The World's Biggest Liar, Just Like Bill Clinton. When the first lady repeated her claim about the Yanks, they threw her into the briar patch too.
Tomorrow, we'll show you the mountains of ugly derision which were dumped on Clinton's head. It happened in 1999 and again in 2007, because of the fact that she had uttered this obvious fiendish lie.
Those earlier profiles disappeared. The life forms love to do this.
Tomorrow, we'll show you ugly behavior on the part of the "mainstream press." To state what is blindingly obvious, this ugly behavior helps explain why so many people seem to hate Hillary Clinton.
That behavior was ugly, but then again, so is Goldberg's behavior today. In accord with the laws of her guild, she is refusing to tell you the truth about the question she asked.
Nothing will make them tell you the truth about the ways their colleagues behave. In the wings, Candidate Trump is crazily waiting to serve.
Tomorrow: After that, the deluge