Skip to comments.Watergate reporter Bernstein takes apart Hillary’s career story
Posted on 04/28/2007 4:06:03 PM PDT by LdSentinal
Drawing on a trove of private papers from Hillary Clintons best friend, the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is to publish a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate, which will reveal a number of discrepancies in her official story.
Bernstein, who was played by Dustin Hoffman in the film All the Presidents Men, has spent eight years researching the unauthorised 640-page biography, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Bernstein reaches conclusions that stand in opposition to what Senator Clinton has said in the past and has written in the past, said Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Knopf, which publishes the book on June 19.
With the thoroughness for which he is famous, Bernstein spoke to more than 200 of Clintons friends, colleagues and adversaries. He stops short of accusing the New York senator of blatantly lying about her past, but has unearthed examples of where she has played fast and loose with the facts about her personal and political life, according to Knopf.
The book could revive the explosive charge, made earlier this year by David Geffen, a former Clinton donor and Hollywood mogul, that the Clintons lie with such ease, its troubling.
Clinton remains the frontrun-ner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but Barack Obama, who is keeping pace with her fundraising juggernaut, is closing the gap in the polls.
The Sunday Times has learnt that Bernstein has been given unprecedented access to the private papers of Diane Blair, Clintons closest friend and confidante, who died of lung cancer aged 61 in 2000. The collection is still being sorted at the University of Arkansas library and is not yet available to the public.
Bernstein has been delving through Blairs copious records of the 1992 presidential election campaign, which could offer tantalising insight into Bill Clintons war machine and Hillarys reaction to news of her husbands dalliance with the nightclub singer Gennifer Flowers in Arkansas.
Hillary denied all knowledge of the affair, but one writer who has followed her career closely said: She always knew about her. He added: Anyone who has approached the subject of Hillary Clinton with a clear eye will run across many examples of stories that are not true.
Blair, a professor of political science, crisscrossed the country with the Clintons in 1992, serving as a senior adviser and semiofficial historian of the campaign. She became friends with Hillary in the political backwater of Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 1970s, when the two East Coast-educated power women sought each other out as soulmates.
Hillary went on to serve as best person at her friends marriage to Jim Blair, who had a walk-on part in the scandals of the Clinton White House when it emerged he had helped the former first lady make $100,000 in cattle futures.
Joe Klein, the bestselling author of Primary Colors, recounted how Blair once witnessed a blazing row between Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were really, really angry with each other, she told him. And then suddenly, the president took her in his arms and began kissing her all over her face and he said, God, what would I do without you? I felt kind of embarrassed being there.
When Blair was diagnosed with lung cancer, Clinton was running for the Senate in New York. In her memoir, Living History, she writes about seeing her friend for the last time in an Arkansas hospice. She pressed my hand tightly and whispered to me, Dont ever give up on yourself and what you believe in. Take care of Bill and Chelsea. They need you. And win this election for me.
Bernstein is known as a liberal Democrat who fiercely opposes the war in Iraq and is likely to be critical of Clintons Senate vote to authorise the war. His marriage to Nora Ephron, the screen-writer, broke up when he had an affair with Baroness Jay, the daughter of former prime minister James Callaghan.
For years Bernstein suffered from writers block, but Knopf is promoting his biography as a triumphant return to form. Publisher Sonny Mehta said his portrait would show us, for the first time, the true trajectory of Hillary Clintons life and career. It will be published simultaneously in Britain by Hutchinson.
According to the publishers, it will cover everything from Clintons complex relationship with her disciplinarian father to her courtship with Bill Clinton and the amazing dynamic of their marriage, during the most trying of circumstances.
Clintons relationship with the truth has frequently come under scrutiny. William Safire, a conservative columnist in The New York Times, provoked a storm in the 1990s when he accused the first lady of being a congenital liar. Bill Clinton let it be known that if he were not president, he would punch Safire on the nose.
While the senator continues to lead Barack Obama, her nearest rival, in the polls - most recently by 36% to 31% in an NBC/Wall St Journal survey - she continues to be dogged by high ratings for unfavourability.
She is the most assured Democratic candidate on the campaign trail, as she proved in a televised debate with her rivals for president in South Carolina last week. But while Washington commentators declared her the obvious victor, television viewers in the state put Obama on top, suggesting there remains considerable voter-resistance to her charms.
In an effort to boost her campaign, Clinton said last week that she would appoint her husband ambassador to the world if elected to the White House. I cant think of a better cheer-leader for America than Bill Clinton, can you? she said.
Bernsteins biography is likely to touch some raw nerves. One writer who has crossed swords with Clinton advises Bernstein to watch his back. She has the most powerful war machine that has ever been developed and it is led by people who have been to hell and back.
OMG I think going be goodddd
“Best person” at a wedding. God help us.
Nice work, Knopf...
Have any of these clowns figured out shes’s had 2 terms already? You can damn sure bet that she counts herself as a 2 term president.
Yes, this could be really fun. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy.
You are 100% correct.
She will take his best punch, which may not amount to much, and her spinners will continue to massage the willing media dupes.
The Queen may someday be quoted in history as saying, “So, let him eat Monica.”
He has written a book to make money about something we already knew?
BERNSTEIN HASN’T GOT ANY COJONES AT ALL UNLESS HE TELLS THE WORLD WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO VINCE FOSTER AND RON BROWN.
I have no need to read the Bernstein book. Having lived through eight years of the Bill and Hill presidency I know all I need to know about these two liars.
Isn't this the hallmark of the consummate politician???
Did I hear right once but did Mark Furman try get book together do murder investigation on Vince Foster REMEMBER I think I read on FR
Can you imagine try take on Former LAPD cop she get a*** kick I AM SO Cal resident SO CAL Residents don’t want mess with LAPD current or Former if you valve your life
Well well well and may I add I'm stunned to think he'd be critical of Hillary. Guess Bernstein will have as much success promoting his book on 60 Minutes/Larry King Live as did Bernie Goldberg.
Don’t waste your time or your money. The hype is always better than the facts. I’m betting that Hillary’s people are going over the book as we speak to sanitize it.
Future headline? "Watergate journalist found dead in Fort March Park. 'Suicide.' Multiple gunshots to neck and head puzzle some."
I bet this book is very favorable towards Hillary. Do you think her best friend would give Bernstein access to something that would hurt Hillary. This is definitely Clintonian. Take something that might be somewhat unfavorable and then leak info about how bad it will be. Then when the real story comes out and its not that bad it just blows over. Remember how Clinton screamed and threw a temper tantrum while being interviewed under oath with Ken Starr. Then we saw the actual thing and it was a different story.
Coward. Calling her a liar would not be an accusaton but merely stating fact.
The guy was a beat writer hack, who was going to be fired from his job, when he got the break (in) of a lifetime.