Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Former Senator, Patrick Moynihan (I met him years ago)

The latest Weapon of Mass Dirt thrown by the right wing at Hillary Clinton has crossed over into libel territory on more than one level. The lastest proof of this comes the daughter of former Senator Moynihan of NY in an editorial she wrote for the NY Observer:
Ed Klein, author of the book in question, The Truth About Hillary, alleges that New York’s late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan "despised" Mrs. Clinton, that he once hid in a cloakroom to terminate a conversation with her. Nonsense. I think I know Senator Moynihan better than Mr. Klein, because he was my father. Mr. Klein also claims firsthand knowledge of a meeting between my parents and Mrs. Clinton that took place in their apartment in Washington. It was during this meeting that Mrs. Clinton, then the nation’s First Lady, discussed the idea of running for the seat my father was about to vacate.

Mr. Klein puts quotes around statements that were never uttered. I can confirm this because the only other persons present during this meeting were myself and our Tibetan cook, who speaks about 10 words of English. Mr. Klein has now gone on the record to say that he spent "several hours interviewing Mrs. Moynihan." Puzzling indeed, in that Mrs. Moynihan—my mother—hasn’t seen Mr. Klein in over 20 years. I’d like to see the transcripts or hear the tapes of his on-the-record talks with Mrs. Moynihan. And it would have been difficult for him to interview Senator Moynihan, because he’s dead.

So will the major media be screaming at Klein to apologize to Hillary and the Moynihans? Will Klein be raked over the coals from every corner by outraged radio personalities? Will we see of flood of outraged editorials demanding his books be burned like when the truthful "Fortuante Son" by Hatfield was vilified even though it contained zero falsehoods or lies? Hatfield, a man I used to know personally, was attacked and rubbed out because the Bushes used him as a plant to "cleanse" bad news about Bush by having a bad messanger deliver it. It worked. All questions about Bush's many arrests and AWOL status and drug abuse were dropped permenantly.

And Hatfield driven to bankruptcy and suicide.

Hillary is made of sterner stuff. And the Moynihans are, too. They are obviously outraged at this fabrication of private conversations attributed to themselves by an outsider who made it all up.

Even as Democrats are attacked for telling the truth about our gulag or about the GOP being mostly white Christians who make a buck taking tax bucks from blue state the opposite is at work: outright lies by the right are broadcast unedited and repeated across the spectrum of our craven, right wing press.

I hope the Moynihans can haul Klein's lying ass into court and ream him out. If his books go on sale in England, they should do it over there for the laws are more protective of privacy in England, thanks to shielding the royalty.