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Monday, July 11, 2005
 

Klein's Hillary-smut a tribute to the Swifties


The VRWC's propaganda operation wins even when it loses.

Thus, Mark Klein's The Truth About Hillary gets widely panned by conservative commentators, and still makes it to #2 on the New York Times bestseller list (Post piece).

Klein's book is clearly an operation in pushing the envelope. It makes allegations that are grossly implausible - that Bill would need to rape Hillary is utterly ridiculous [1] - but sufficiently eye-catching in a supermarket tabloid way to recoup the costs of the venture.

It allows the likes of O'Reilly to cloak themselves in sanctimony by refusing to touch it - and loudly boast of their Simon-purity, of course.

And it allows the pollsters down the line to test just how much mud has stuck.

Just to ensure we're on the same page as Klein,
the publisher, Penguin's Sentinel imprint, described the book in its catalogue as one that would do to Clinton's 2008 presidential chances what the Swift Boat Veterans did to John Kerry.

Klein has a nice line in Rummy smirks, to judge from his comment:
A bit of marketing hyperbole that probably went too far.

Will Klein be allowed back into the fold of regular hacks after his experiments with the truth, I wonder?

  1. On what Kerry did or did not do on the Mekong in the 60s, the evidence was scant. On Hillary's chronic weakness at the knees in the presence of the Love Machine, there's a mountain.


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