Accuracy in Media

David Brock’s Blinded by the Right has made the New York Times bestseller list thanks to the liberals who used to hate him. He had called Anita Hill “little bit nutty and a little bit slutty” in an article about the left’s effort to block Clarence Thomas’s elevation to the Supreme Court. He broke “Troopergate,” stories told by Arkansas state troopers who drove Governor Clinton to dates with girl friends and arranged meetings with women who caught the governor’s eye. Brock’s story about one such incident resulted in Paula Jones suing the president.

Brock got a million-dollar advance for a book on Hillary Clinton, but while writing it, he underwent a transformation. Instead of an expos?, the book was so soft on Hillary that it bombed. In two Esquire articles, Brock repudiated his Clinton muckraking and apologized to the president. His flip-flop appears to have been related to the close relationship that Brock, a closeted homosexual, established with Hillary’s openly gay press secretary, Neal Lattimore.

This was recently confirmed by a conversation overheard at a resort that attracts many gays. A source sent us this report about what he had personally heard. “Several gay guys at an adjacent table at a restaurant were discussing David Brock’s new book. One of these guys remarked, ‘Well, Neal certainly did God’s work on him.’ Another asked, ‘What do you mean?’ Whereupon the first guy said when Brock was working on his Hillary book, he became involved with her press secretary, Neal Lattimore, to the extent that his view of the First Lady did a 180 degree spin.”

Brock has repudiated his stories about Anita Hill, Troopergate and Whitewater, but the facts don’t support the repudiation. The Senate rejected Anita Hill’s flimsy claims of sexual harassment. The Troopergate stories were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times. Whitewater was loaded with illegal loans and corrupt real estate deals that clearly benefitted both Bill and Hillary. Bill Clinton settled Paula Jones’s lawsuit for $850,000.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman buys Brock’s claim that “the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ is… a straightforward reality.” He says that a special interest group financed by a handful of wealthy fanatics turned Whitewater, a money-losing investment, into a byword for scandal, even though an eight-year…investigation never found any evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons. Questions about Whitewater were first raised by the New York Times. Janet Reno had a special prosecutor, Robert Fiske, investigate it. He and his successor, Ken Starr, found enough crimes to send the Clintons’ partners and others to prison.

Starr’s successor, Robert Ray, did not say he could find no evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons. He said the evidence was insufficient to convict. Starr’s court filings said that the half million dollars given by Clinton supporters to Webb Hubbell was hush money to buy his silence, and two appellate judges agreed. Starr should have referred this crime, carried out with Clinton’s knowledge, to Congress, seeking his impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate.

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