Sunday, April 29, 2007

Different perspectives on an upcoming book about Hillary Clinton

FoxNews.com is covering a story from the London Times about a new book to be published soon about Hillary Clinton by Carl Bernstein. Bernstein has a lot of credibility because of his thorough work and involvement in uncovering the Watergate story. I have not seen it on CNN.com yet but there is a story in TIME (“in partnership with CNN”). The two articles have different perspectives. Here are a few quotes from each. TIME’s article is more Hillary-friendly while the London Times article on Fox is anticipating some dirt.


TIME:

"Hillary Clinton is one of the most compelling figures in the world today, and Carl Bernstein's stunning portrait shows us, for the first time, the true trajectory of her life and career," Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor in chief of Alfred A, Knopf, said in a statement Monday.

"I believe his book will stand as the most detailed, comprehensive, and revealing account we have of a woman who helped define one presidency and may well step into another."

"It shows the extent to which she was instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of her husband's governorship and presidency; and it untangles her relationship to Whitewater, Troopergate, and Travelgate," the Knopf statement said Monday.

"Finally, it details her successful run for Senate and remarkable rise to a dominant role in the Democratic party, and it sheds light on her own political brilliance and blind spots."

The only hint of problems is this statement near the end:

"Bernstein reaches conclusions that stand in opposition to what Sen. Clinton has said in the past and has written in the past," said Bogaards [Knopf publisher publicist], who declined to offer details.


Fox:

Contrast the above to this opening sentence:

Drawing on a trove of private papers from Hillary Clinton’s best friend, the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is going to publish a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate, which will reveal a number of "discrepancies" in her official story.


Later the article uses the Bogaard quote but adds more detail:

The book could revive the explosive charge, made earlier this year by David Geffen, a former Clinton donor and Hollywood mogul, that “the Clintons lie with such ease, it’s troubling”.

Bernstein has been delving through Blair’s copious records of the 1992 presidential election campaign, which could offer tantalizing insight into Bill Clinton’s war machine and Hillary’s reaction to news of her husband’s dalliance with the nightclub singer Gennifer Flowers in Arkansas.

Hillary denied all knowledge of the affair, but one writer who has followed her career closely said: “She always knew about her.” He added: “Anyone who has approached the subject of Hillary Clinton with a clear eye will run across many examples of stories that are not true.”

Links to the articles:

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1613765,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269085,00.html


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