January 10th, 2008

_The Hunting of the President_, Conason and Lyons

At the last trustees meeting, M. mentioned she wanted to change the unlimited renewal policy to twice only. I'm not opposed to this, but it does mean the two books I've been renewing for months had probably better be read and returned before that policy kicks in. Assuming it does.

One of the books is about Whitewater, Flowers, Broaddrick, etc. : _The Hunting of the President_. I'm not done reading it yet, but I figured before I continued, I should find out whether Conason and Lyons are trustworthy or not. Apparently, they are. Equally apparently, Jeff Gerth of the New York Times, author of many of the "important" pieces of Whitewater, is not. And yes, he's got a very recent bio of Hillary out, which uses for its sources the Starr investigation, which in turn relied heavily on stuff sourced through Gerth. Kinda incestuous.

Don't just take my word for it:



I'll definitely be reading the rest of this book, and I suggest you _run_, don't _walk_ to your local library or bookstore and get a copy _now_ and read it. Ideally, before you vote in a primary, if you are _not_ voting for Hillary Clinton because you've got some amorphous concerns about possible illegal activities she may have engaged in during her husband's administration either of Arkansas or the U.S. I have recently acquired a personal understanding of just how vicious and irrational people can be when they wind up on the losing side of a political contest. I also knew that they often go talking out of their ass to third parties. What I hadn't fully realized (altho I should have!) was that the New York Times had been slacking off so hard on checking their information -- and so circle-the-wagons about not making corrections afterwards.

That whole Jayson Blair thing should have been a clue. That could NOT have happened unless their was a culture of this kind of lazy reporting being allowed to go on as long it sold papers.