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May 26, 2007

NYT Accidentally Exposes Clinton-Connected Corporation Scamming Elderly, Then Attempts To Spin Control On Their Behalf

An outfit called InfoUSA collects information on seniors, often used by its unscrupulous clients to defraud them.

Dick Morris followed up with a story noting that Bill Clinton had a serious financial relationship with InfoUSA. The Times, accidentally having violated its key journalistic mission of promoting the Clintons, then attempts to contain the damage it quite-inadvertantly created.

Meanwhile, the Hillary! campagin seems to have leaked a biography about her to the WaPo in order to deflate interest in it, an an upcoming Carl Bernstein book claims that Bill Clinton had planned to divorce his wife in order to be with "the love of his life:"

Carl Bernstein claims in A Woman in Charge that the love of the former president's life was business executive Marilyn Jo Jenkins.

According to the Watergate journalist, Miss Jenkins was spirited into the governor's mansion for a final, furtive meeting with him the day he left to claim the White House.

Miss Jenkins is said to have played such a "pivotal role" in Mr Clinton's life that in 1989 he offered to divorce Hillary to be with her.

The ensuing crisis apparently led to Betsey Wright, Mr Clinton's chief of staff, taking him to see a therapist.

Mrs Clinton later told her best friend Diane Blair that she believed the presidency would help her marriage because her husband's "sexual compulsions would be tempered by the White House and the ever-present press corps".

As Mr Bernstein makes clear, in light of the Monica Lewinsky scandal that turned out to be "a flawed assumption".

Ahem.

In the 640-page book, Bob Boorstin, who worked for Mrs Clinton when she was trying to restructure the nation's healthcare system, blamed her for the collapse of her own plans.

"I find her to be among the most self-righteous people I've ever known," he told Mr Bernstein. "It's her great flaw."

Mark Fabiani, who defended the Clintons as White House counsel, said Hillary was "so tortured by the way she's been treated that she would do anything to get out of the situation.

"If that involved not being fully forthcoming, Mr Fabiani said she would say: 'I have a reason for not being forthcoming.'"

And here's some more from that book Hillary leaked to the press:

The second book, Her Way by New York Times reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr, claims that Mrs Clinton hired a private detective to investigate one of her husband's mistresses.

According to the book, she ordered the detective to undermine Gennifer Flowers "until she is destroyed".

The incident took place when Mr Clinton was running for president in 1992.

Her Way looks in detail at Mrs Clinton's Senate vote in support of the Iraq war, suggesting she may have been motivated by a desire not to abandon her husband's toughon-Iraq policy and a need "to prove that she was tough".

Furthermore, The Smartest Woman In America was apparently so smart she didn't need to read the National Intelligence Estimate before casting her vote in favor of the Iraq War:

"Her Way" ... says she voted for the Iraq war without reading the National Intelligence Estimate that contained doubts about the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq was said to have possessed, The Post said.

Philippe Reines, Clinton's Senate press secretary, said she "was briefed multiple times by several members of the administration on their intelligence regarding Iraq, which included the classified aspects of the NIE."

Question: Can someone claim to have been "misled into war" by a report she didn't even bother to read?


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