Sunday, June 08, 2003
Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters: Just got finished watching Barbara Walters' puff piece with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you want hard-hitting reporting, Barbara Walters is not where you go for it.
Three things struck me as I watched the presentation:
First, couldn't I have found some better way to spend my time?
Second, Ms. Clinton acknowledged that using the term "vast, right-wing conspiracy" to describe her husband's political opponents was incorrect. She should have labeled it a "vast, right-wing network," since, in her words, "it's out there in the open."
Third, Ms. Clinton's claim that there was "nothing" to Paula Jones' accusations against her husband because the judge threw out the case. Well, that's true, but not a completely accurate picture of what finally happened -- an $850,000 payment made to Jones to drop the case.
On a related note: Ms. Clinton's description of the "network" that was "out to get" her husband from Day One sounded very similar to the vast, left-wing network that has been out to get President George W. Bush from his first day in office. Is it possible that this behavior is simply politics as usual? That, at least in this, Bill Clinton wasn't anything special or out of the ordinary? Just something to think about.