Accuracy in Media

A claim by Bobbie Ann Williams, a Little Rock prostitute, that her son, Danny, was fathered by Bill Clinton has been proven false by DNA analysis. Star, the tabloid that first published Gennifer Flowers? claim that she had been one of Clinton?s lovers, was reported to have paid Williams “a low six-figure” sum for exclusive rights to the story. It arranged to have Danny?s DNA checked against that of the President. On January 9, the Drudge Report broke the news that Time magazine had learned that the DNA tests cleared Clinton.

Time ran a short story in its January 15 issue under the headline, “Scandal Interruptus; A bit less Jefferson in William Jefferson Clinton.” What Time was trying to do in this strange headline was to remind its readers of the claim that DNA tests had proven that Thomas Jefferson had fathered a son by his slave, Sally Hemings, as it reported that DNA tests had cleared Bill Clinton of fathering a son by a black hooker.

The claim by Bobbie Ann Williams that Clinton was the father of her son Danny had been spread by Robert McIntosh, a black Little Rock businessman, during the 1992 presidential campaign. It was not picked up by the national media, but the Globe, a supermarket tabloid that doesn?t have a reputation for accuracy, paid Williams for her story and ran it in February 1992, with a photo of Danny that showed a resemblance to Clinton.

Clinton never offered to submit to a paternity test to prove that the rumor was false, but McIntosh abruptly ended his effort to spread it. After Clinton won the election, McIntosh?s son, who was serving a long prison term on drug charges, was pardoned by the black speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives who was acting governor for a brief period while Clinton was away. This, combined with the mounting evidence of Clinton?s promiscuity, revived interest in the Danny story on the Internet and talk radio. It was reported that the Williams family wanted Clinton to submit to a paternity test.

Bobbie Ann Williams? claim that Clinton was the father was based on her assertion that Clinton had been her only white client when Danny was conceived. Clinton?s reaction to her claims suggests that he feared that a paternity test might prove that she was telling the truth. He did not hail the Star?s decision to pay for DNA testing.

In reporting that the DNA test had cleared Clinton, The Washington Post gave none of this background. Referring to it as “a love child story,” it did not reveal that the mother was a black prostitute. It described her claim as “utterly bogus” and “slimy.” That was how the Washington Post justified its never having reported the story. The Post and others rushed to publicize a bogus claim that DNA tests had proven that Thomas Jefferson had fathered a child by a slave. The British journal that first published the claim has now admitted that it was inaccurate, but as Time?s headline on the Danny story showed, this has not erased the original error from the minds of all journalists.

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  • leebert

    How did they get Clinton’s DNA in the first place to make the test?

  • Rick Sander

    That was my first thought.

  • G L

    “That was my first thought.”

    Mine, too.

  • Kerry Kolsch

    Propaganda. Bill is the father. Ask Say Mcintosh who was paid ff for years to stop saying Danny was Bills.

  • Takiwa

    This story is bogus.
    He never took the test.

  • Robert_Morrow

    Roger Altman, who in 1999 OWNED The Star Tabloid, has been friends with Bill Clinton since his college days at Georgetown. Altman was later in the Clinton Administration and he is a $250,000 donor in 2015 to Priorities USA, a pro Hillary Clinton PAC. The Star article was a complete Clinton fabrication placed in the tabloid of a Clinton BFF (best friend forever). Idiots like Howard Kurtz of the Wash Post took this garbage at face value and then TIME magazine also reprinted the disinformation. Then AIM put up this absolutely disagraceful article about a phony DNA story planted by the Clintons. The reason the story was planted in the first place was because NewsMax in late 1998 had run several articles about Bill Clinton being the father of Danney Williams, so in early 1999 The Star responded with the disinfo article.

  • Robert_Morrow

    Roger Altman – OWNER of The Star in 1999, good friends with Bill Clinton since Georgetown in the 1960’s!!!

  • Robert_Morrow

    100% true. Bill Clinton’s abandoned son Danney Williams, age 30, is alive and well on both Facebook and Twitter. Look him up!

  • Robert_Morrow

    This story is completely bogus. AIM needs to “correct the record” and do a follow up article saying The Star tabloid in 1999 was owned by Roger Altman and did a disinformation story on a DNA test that never happened.

  • Robert_Morrow

    The Star NEVER got Clinton’s DNA. The Star in 1999 owned by Roger Altman, it was a disinfo story, totally made up. Altman, friends with Bill Clinton since Georgetown in 1960’s and a huge Clinton donor.

  • Daniel

    Obviously Bill was with Bobbie Ann Williams! Otherwise, why would they do a DNA test? Bill didn’t have sex with Monica either…haha, Clintons are a crime family they should be made to face the consequences…my opinion.

  • Kerry Kolsch

    Accuracy in Media is not accurate.

  • Kerry Kolsch

    Monica got pregnant and had an abortion during her time with Bill and claimed the pregnancy was by another man. I always thought that story was bogus.

  • Jonathan Miller

    A cigar from the WH, or a blue dress scraping from Monica Lewinski?

  • Est Ban

    Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid you blabbermouth ignoramuses! DNA tests could never prove if Thomas Jefferson fathered a black- child with his deceased wife’s half-sister Sally Hemmings for the fact that there were other close relatives of Jefferson also living with Sally at the time and Thomas Jefferson(TJ) has no known direct descendants. Some of these co-habiting Jefferson male relatives were much younger than TJ and more likely to impregnate a woman without the aid of modern medicine, i.e. viagra cialis etc, TJ was not a young man at the alleged time. Although considered as one of the fathers of our country, at his age TJ would probably not have prevailed over the stiff competition meted out by his younger aged relatives.
    As for Bill Clinton, who did the DNA test and who provided the DNA? My guess is it wasn’t Chelsea since she allegedly has no Bill Clinton DNA.

  • Brad Kingsland

    So much for it takes a village and black lives matter…

  • al

    I’m clinton’s other abandoned son. I’m only 5 years older than billy.

  • al

    kenneth starr gave them a sample from evidence, and if you recall he was no clinton fan.

  • Est Ban

    Yeah right! Who did he give the sample from evidence to and where is the sample now???

  • Beedogz
  • zumur

    makes me happy someone has done the real research and knows that this story is bogus and what really happened back then. keep up the good work, Robert.

  • Kerry Kolsch

    You make me laugh. Starr was in charge of the cover up.

  • Tanya Hutchins

    DNA proves relation and can be used to tell how close of a relation. Age has nothing to do with ability to father a child. There are men in their 80s fathering kids.

  • The Jig Is Up

    There was no DNA test.
    Roger Stone proves this in his book “The Clinton’s war on Women”.
    All black lives matter to Hillary, unless you are her stepson that she knows exists but will not acknowledge.
    Black people only matter to her if she needs their vote.

  • trac ingr

    Someone follow Bill around and get any glass or cup he drinks from, then we can tell.

  • Banksters_Rule_the_World

    What? No maternity test!

  • Est Ban

    Tanya the claim is TJ ‘FATHERED’. DNA cannot prove this as I explained, no if ands or buts. There are men pushing 90 that can father children. It is however, more likely that a younger male will father a child. I did not claim TJ did not father, i claimed he was less likely to do so than any of the the younger Jefferson suspects. How many 80-90 year olds have you had sex with?? Enough said do not further flaunt you ignorance as the the two ignorant blabbermouths did above.

  • Alex Yamach

    Another dirty trick by the RNC trying to smear the Clinton’s and ruin Hillary’s campaign. I wonder how much Danny Williams was paid by an RNC operative to start speaking out and approching media outlets with his bogus story. Another “Swiftboat” attempt by the GOP..

  • marktomark

    yeah sure bill and KILLARY are the biggest CORRUPT LIARS out there !

  • G L

    You do know that Starr was largely chosen and approved of by the Clintons before the investigation began, right? There was another special prosecutor before him who was nixed by them before anything got off the ground.

  • G L

    The DNA sample came from Jefferson’s uncle, not Thomas Jefferson, himself. All that can be told, therefore, is that DNA came from any one of a few dozen members of Jefferson’s family who lived in the area at the time.

    There was a review of the information not long ago by experts, professors, historians, etc., part of the Thomas Jefferson Historical Society, who concluded that the likely father was Randolph Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s brother, or one of his sons. Their report is compelling, and publicly available.

  • J R Moses

    Lies, lies and more lies. The media must be making a shitload of money protecting these thieves in D.C. Bill did NOT take a test.

  • Rudi

    You put them first while they out you last.

  • Rudi

    Right, he’s allowed to just keep this stuff on file to throw around as he wishes ? Idiot…

  • Rudi

    You’re so desperate to believe in those phones that it’s sad. This has been an open secret for decades. The DNC has revealed its corruption this election. People don’t like Hillary.

  • Rudi

    Well if your mom was a pro in little rock and time travel was even theoretically possible I’d say that you might be right !

  • Alex Yamach

    And Newsmax is a Right Wing rag who’s sole purpose is to pump out stories descrediting Dems in every way possible. Constantly trolling with innuendo, no proof and false claims like a tabloid to try to smear people. And you dumb right wingers just lap it up.

  • Elysium10

    The DNA story was planted by the Clintons according to Olivia Nuzzi of The Dally Beast ( May 21, 2016) in ” My Quest to Find Bill Clinton’s Love Child :

    “…several mainstream media outlets—the New York Daily News and The Mirror (U.K.), The Washington Times—cleared Clinton with headlines like “CLINTON NO JEFFERSON, LOVE CHILD NOT HIS” and “CLINTON IS NOT DAD OF HOOKER’S BOY, 13.” But those who believe the conspiracy weren’t put off, since, as Slate concluded at the time, it’d be impossible to determine if Clinton was Danney’s father based only on the “imprecise” data provided by the FBI and Starr.”

    The article goes on to state:

    “Much of these flames have been stoked… by the authors of “The Clintons’ War on Women,: Roger Stone—a longtime Trump adviser and Robert Morris …In February, I sat down in Des Moines with Morrow, who admitted he had never met Danney, to talk about the story. “They made it up!” he said of Star magazine’s DNA test. “It’s Clinton-disinfo. It’s a planted story—a fake planted story. There was no DNA test. Prove it! Where? Danney don’t know about it. Star magazine didn’t know about. Stone talks to the current people who own those magazines [and] they say, ‘what are you talking about?’”
    The point is there is no proof that Danny is Bill’s child and there is no proof he isn’t, except for the fact that in Primary Colors, the supposedly fictional work of Joe Klein (fictional wink- wink) the illegitimate child was conceived by Bill Clinton’s black friend’s daughter, instead of by a hooker. Naturally, Klein claim his work was fictional that is– fiction mirror real life with few minor changings to the guilt some sense of decency. I would take Primary Color for his fictional word–true.

  • Robert_Morrow

    Roger Altman, 1999 Owner of The Star, planted phony DNA story @ Danney Williams/Bill Clinton

  • Robert_Morrow

    1992 Clintons made deal with Say McIntosh – shut up about Danney Williams being Bill Clinton’s son and we will pardon your son Tommy McIntosh 18 years before he is parole eligible: NYT 1-24-93 “Startling Arkansas, Governor-for-a-Day Sets 2 Convicts Free

  • Robert_Morrow

    Chris Ruddy, the owner of NewsMax, is in 2016 a close friend of the Clintons and a closet Hillary Clinton supporter. He scrubbed his web site of all those 1998 NewsMax stories on Danney Williams and Bill Clinton.

  • Robert_Morrow

    Of course there was NO DNA test of Bill Clinton/Danney Williams. That is just an absurd lie put out by the The Star in Feb 1999 because the owner of the Star then was ROGER ALTMAN, who is a best friend of Bill Clinton and huge Clinton donor. Bill Clinton abandoned his only son Danney Williams and this fact is hugely discrediting to the Clintons.

  • Robert_Morrow

    I suggest reading the comments section of Fishbowl NY “Olivia Nuzzi and the #ClintonKid –

  • Elysium10

    Thanks Robert I read that article prior. My Comment was to poke fun at the obvious. I have studied the Clintons since 1992; when they appeared on 60 Minutes. I sensed then they were frauds and at the time I was a Democrat. Naturally, my view did not sit well with the true believers, in fact I was resented. To determine if I was wrong and the true believers were right or vice versa, I read and research everything that came out on the Clintons, turning every stone, which was proving me right, so I never ever voted for them. My conscious would not permit it. As I saw it, when came to being rejected for my views, for thinking, for refusing to delegate my mind and spirit and labor to frauds, my view was reject me, because the feeling is mutual:

    “One million zeroes do not add up to one”

    Because of the Clintons and mindlessness of the flock, I left the party. I did vote for Obama. I am an independent. I will never compromise with evil and never accept the irrational propaganda of choosing the lesser of two evils. This is nonsense. To cut a deal with evil or the lesser of two evils, is not choice because both are evil and Evil wins–period. This tactic is to prevent one from seeking other option, from becoming innovative and creative, it a cloak to continuing the dumbing down of the mass dressed up to delude. Death is death, there is no lesser death.

    For me Danny’s story is not new, the masses are finally catching up to the truth and different reality. I’ve been sitting on the dock of the bay wondering, ” What kept them so long?”

    I should point out you are right about The Star magazine bring owned by Clintons good friend Roger Altman and the friendship was confirmed in Bloomberg News, June 23, 1997 entitled “:Roger Altman Hits The Street Running”:

    “…Altman, 50, is a longtime friend of Bill Clinton from their Georgetown University days. But as acting chairman of the Resolution Trust Co., Altman was raked over the coals. Some senators investigating Whitewater accused him of misleading them about whether he tipped off the White House about a criminal investigation of a failed Arkansas thrift with ties to Clinton. Altman resigned in 1994. Subsequent investigations cleared him of any criminal or ethical misconduct. Altman declined public comment.”

    Also in the New York Times, February 17, 1999 “Investment Group Buys The National Enquirer and Star Magazine,” by Alex Kucyznski, wrote:

    “A Manhattan investment firm has purchased the company that owns The National Enquirer and Star magazine and hired the head of the nation’s third-largest magazine publisher to run and expand it. The investment group, Evercore Capital Partners L.L.C., headed by former Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger C. Altman, announced yesterday that it had acquired the publications for $294 million from American Media Inc., and that David J. Pecker, the president and chief executive officer of Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, a unit of Lagardere Group, would head the company and receive an equity stake.”

    When the media is in bed with the accused, then the truth can become whatever the accused want it to be. I suggest that during one of Hillary upcoming rally, Danny ought parade before the camera with a sign that says:

    ” I am Bill Clinton “alleged” son, but “what difference does it make” since my step-mother will accept me as her own since she said, “There is no such thing as other people’s children, they are all our children” so what is the problem?”

  • New Centurion

    There was no damn test. It was a planted story.

  • hexrei

    This site is hilarious. “Bias watch”, when the site is admittedly partisan? Ridiculous.

  • 209OliveSt!!Mike McAllister

    True or not I would not believe anything CNN said!!!

  • Kate Chinwe Tagbo

    Is it true, why the story not straight?

  • CorruptionInColumbia

    A lot like Snopes!

  • BG Davis

    Well, of course – If some guy on Facebook and Twitter says it’s true, of course it’s true.

  • BG Davis

    One little problem: Clinton wasn’t the one who got Tommy M. out early. But don’t let facts interfere with your fantasy.

  • Robert_Morrow

    The deal was set up and closed under Bill Clinton – shut up about my bastard child and I will make sure Tommy McIntosh gets out of prison. An acting governor did it while Bill was going to DC and Gov. Tucker was out of state at DC inauguration.

  • Est Ban

    Tanya just saw this. There were many other Thomas Jefferson close relatives with access to Sally Hemings. As such, it can not be proven whether T. Jefferson or his close relatives were fathers of this lineage. Given that most men’s reproductive capacity dwindles with age and all of the male close relatives of T.Jefferson with access to Sally Hemings were considerably younger than T. Jefferson, the odds favor that T Jefferson is less likely to be the father. Regardless DNA does not prove whether he is the father and age in itself does not disqualify him from being the father. Understand?

  • Al

    Who needs facts when the lie is more entertaning, especially when the lie butresses your political ideology.

  • Kulie

    Danny Williams is currently a Hilary Clinton’s supporter

  • Karen Keen Botts

    The story said clinton didnt take the dna test so how can dna have proved anything? smh….


    Now really, you know CLINTON paid off the lab. How can we trust anything about the Clinton’s

  • Carolee Straughan

    Many people want to believe the worst about someone…makes them feel superior and holier than thou. That’s what keeps people buying Tabloids.

  • NOLA_Darling

    How can a DNA paternity test prove Clinton isn’t Danny Williams’ father, if Clinton didn’t provide his DNA?

  • Benny Smith

    Can you believe anything the Washington post says? Look at the kid that’s Bill Clinton all over. B