A "USA Today" survey reveals perhaps the most interesting reaction on the frenzied week of pablum publicity surrounding Hillary Clinton's book Living History. Despite all the fawning and fainting spells en masse by the national media, a majority of Americans are not impressed. More than one in five respondents says the book belongs in the fiction section, and a full 56 percent say they think Mrs. Clinton is lying when she claims, notwithstanding seven months of revelations about it, she did not believe in the Monica Lewinsky affair -- until her husband fessed up.
In other words, America believes Hillary is a liar. Again. No one in the pro-Clinton press will say this, of course. Instead, we'll read and hear them telling us she's a "polarizing figure." What they should be saying is that in political terms, she's nuclear waste, and the half-life on this damage is not brief.
While everyone in the press hypes Hillary as promising presidential material, no one treats her that way. They are just not going to parse her every sentence for accuracy and tone. No one in the press even lifted an eyebrow at the "Author's Note" which begins the book with these words: "In 1958, I wrote my autobiography for an assignment in sixth grade. In 29 pages ... " In 29 pages? Even at 12, Hillary's ego was running amok.
So why has Living History turned so many against her? Perhaps its because this 528-page book should have addressed and answered the alphabet soup of scandals she and her husband left as their legacy -- and instead, she ignored them again. Did she hire Craig Livingston, the goon who collected the raw FBI files of political opponents, or not? Why, after a lengthy absence, were the subpoenaed Rose Law Firm billing records mysteriously located in her area of the White House residence? (By the way, Carolyn Huber, the aide who found the Rose papers, is thanked by Hillary in the book for her "invaluable assistance" in getting the book finished.) How did she make $100,000 on a $1,000 investment? Who whispered in her ear? (And if that's not important, please explain the logic to Martha Stewart.) These "never-ending" scandals could be ended with a simple, candid answer from Mrs. Clinton.
Her failure to answer them speaks volumes about her. And the media's failure to focus on this outrage speaks volumes about them.
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