Reporter Offers Clinton a Blewinsky;
GOP Candidates Hit as Too Far Right
1) Former Time reporter Nina
Burleigh wished Clinton took her to his hotel room so she could be
"ravished" by him and she could go down on him. Powerful men
turn her on, but not Rush Limbaugh. He's a "hater."
2) Linda "Tripp lost
membership in the family of man" and "can safely be cast as a
villain -- the Mark Fuhrman of the Starr investigation," venomously
spewed Time's Margaret Carlson.
3) Bob Schieffer spent an
interview pressing three Republicans about whether the religious right
"is going to drive the party so far to the right that it will be out
of the mainstream."
>>> Item #1 today has been rated
TV-MA by the CyberAlert Content Review Board. It contains no explicit or
crude sexual language, but does deal with oral sex and fanciful
descriptions of sexual yearnings. Items #2 and #3 provide tamer TV-PG
be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion
legal," boasted former Time magazine White House correspondent Nina
Burleigh about Bill Clinton. She made her offer known to Washington Post
media reporter Howard Kurtz when he called to discuss a piece Burleigh
penned in the July/August Mirabella magazine detailing her lust for
of Hearts," the two-page article carries this subhead: "Former
White House reporter Nina Burleigh thought she was beyond being seduced by
a man's power, his status, his job. Then she played cards with the
President on Air Force One." The article recounts her encounter with
Clinton last year on a trip he took to Jasper, Arkansas for a funeral. At
the time, Kurtz noted, she had left Time but was filling in on the trip as
a "contract writer" for the newsweekly.
Prompted by the
July 6 Kurtz story, I brought out my repressed feminine side and bought
Mirabella. While I'm still looking forward to reading the article titled
"Thigh Anxiety: Cellulite's New Enemy," I did manage to get
through Burleigh's story and asked MRC intern Stacey Felzenberg to type
into WordPerfect some of the more illuminating passages. Kurtz had room
for only a few sentences from Burleigh's piece, so even if you've seen
his story most of this will be fresh to you:
hadn't expected to be so near Clinton that summer day. I was dressed for
hot, humid Washington. My hair had been whipped into knots while waiting
on the tarmac and was restrained in messy braids. I was wearing a very
short, green Betsey Johnson seersucker suit, sandals, and no stockings --
probably just the kind of outfit Clinton's former Deputy Chief-of-Staff,
Evelyn Lieberman, would have sent an intern home to change out of
lickety-split. My knees were scarred from a recent bike wreck. Bare legs
still offend Washington propriety, and I now understand why: You'll
never know when you'll need to protect your modesty, and perhaps your
chastity, around a powerful man....
Enough with the
set-up, now to the good stuff as she describes what transpired after she
was asked to be the fourth for a game of hearts with Clinton and Bruce
Lindsey. (She doesn't identify the other player):
President's foot lightly, and presumably accidentally, brushed mine once
under the table. His hand touched my wrist while he was dealing the cards.
When I got up and shook his hand at the end of the game, his eyes wandered
over to my bike-wrecked, naked legs. And slowly it dawned on me as I
walked away: He found me attractive."
Are you a female
with two breasts, two legs and under age 40?
As her narrative
continues, note the condescending evaluation performed by Burleigh the
feminist. Men can ogle her if they are powerful, but the gaze better not
emanate "from a man of lesser stature." Construction workers
"No doubt the
President's lawyers and spin doctors would say I wishfully imagined that
long, appreciative look, just as all those other women have fantasized
their more explicitly sexual encounters with Clinton. But we all know when
we're being ogled. The weird thing was that I didn't mind. There was a
time when the hormones of indignant feminism raged in my veins. An open
gaze like that, at least from a man of lesser stature, would have annoyed
me. But that evening, I had the opposite reaction. I felt incandescent. It
was riveting to know that the President had appreciated my legs, scarred
as they were. If he had asked me to continue the game of hearts back in
his room at the Jasper Holiday Inn, I would have been happy to go there
and see what happened. At the time, that seemed quite possible. It took
several hours and a few drinks in the steaming and now somehow romantic
Arkansas night to shake the intoxicated state in which I had been quite
willing to let myself be ravished by the President, should he have but
asked. I probably wore the mesmerized look I have seen again and again in
women after they have met him. The same silly hypnotized gleam was
displayed on the cover of Time magazine in Monica Lewinsky's
there I was, walking away from a close encounter with the President of the
United States, stupefied and vaguely hoping that he'd send an aide over
to my hotel room to ask me up for a drink. What is it in some of us, that
powerful men make us pliant and willing with a mere glance?...
She concluded by
conceding that even a modern feminist will always go for a powerful man:
cling to the faith that there are women of good order who are immune to
this stuff. They wear sensible clothes and keep their legs well covered. I
trust that Janet Reno, Donna Shalala, and Madeleine Albright are not
rendered willing and pliant around Bill Clinton. They don't need to put
on his knowledge with his power when they have their own. For the rest of
us, a powerful man's admiring gaze is an intimation of all that is
inaccessible, and that is the ultimate seduction."
I wonder if Henry
Kissinger could turn her on?
Washington Post Kurtz summarized his conversation with Burleigh:
"In an interview, Burleigh, now a New York
freelancer, said she in no way felt harassed or pressured by the President
but that it was 'not unusual for women' to swoon over him. What is
unusual, for a journalist, is Burleigh's sexually charged declaration of
support for Clinton. 'I'd be happy to give him [oral sex] just to
thank him for keeping abortion legal,' she said. [brackets the Post's]
says she was not 'going easy on him' as a White House correspondent in
1993 and 1994, when she sometimes wrote about the Whitewater scandal, and
never thought about his looks at the time. By last year she was a Time
contract writer, filling in on the trip to Jasper, Ark."
She may not have
gone "easy" on him, but she went hard on his opponents. As the
MRC's Tim Graham reminded me, here's a passage from page 180 of his
book "Pattern of Deception: The Media Role in the Clinton
Presidency," published in 1996:
In the April 11,
1994 Time, reporter Nina Burleigh wrote a story titled "Clintonphobia!
Just who are these Clinton haters, and why do they loathe Bill and Hillary
with such passion?" Burleigh found the suspects: "Two men who
have benefitted as professional Clinton haters are behind-the-scenes
activist Floyd Brown and conservative celebrity Rush Limbaugh." After
tagging them as haters, Burleigh explained "Both profess not to hate
Clinton." But Burleigh ignored them and proceeded to label again:
"The Arkansas branch of Clinton haters is led by two attorneys,
Sheffield Nelson, who is a Republican candidate for Governor, and the
quixotic Cliff Jackson," the former Clinton friend who helped bring
out the stories of Arkansas state troopers and Paula Jones.
oddest passage came at the story's end, when she quoted (unlabeled)
liberal historian Alan Brinkley. "Brinkley says Clinton is also a
victim of a political fact of life: he's on the wrong side of the
tolerance fence. 'Liberals tend to value tolerance highly, so there's
a greater reluctance to destroy enemies than among the right. Democrats
are historically more likely to cooperate with Republican administrations
than Republicans with Democratic administrations.'"
Burleigh isn't the only former Time White House reporter offering her
services to the Clinton cause. MRC analyst Clay Waters alerted me to an
ongoing "dialogue" on Slate between Jonah Goldberg, son of
Lucianne, and Time's Margaret Carlson, about Linda Tripp.
Carlson began her
June 30 response to Goldberg's initial posting:
You say I'm
"at a disadvantage" because you know Linda Tripp firsthand, and
I don't. Hmmm, I don't know that knowing Tripp firsthand has turned out to
be an advantage for anyone, but I'll take your word on that. Perhaps, if
your mom finally lands a Clinton exposé that succeeds. Certainly, knowing
Tripp firsthand has turned out to be a terrible disadvantage for Monica
So you want to put
betrayal off to a later dialogue. That's like skipping Act 1 and heading
straight to intermission. Fine, you went first. But let me correct your
veering off into the case for Tripp being the case against Clinton. I
would say no one deserves Tripp, not even Clinton. But the point we should
stick to is whether Monica deserves such a friend, and I would say no.
Tripp lost membership in the family of man when day after day she looked
into Monica Lewinsky's eyes as a friend and at night hit the
"on" button on her Radio Shack tape recorder.
No, there's enough
about Tripp to criticize without getting to the heart of her darkness.
While we are trying to make up our minds about the other characters in the
drama, she can safely be cast as a villain -- the Mark Fuhrman of the
Starr investigation -- because of her perfect rendition of the friend from
hell. The Schadenfreude that gets her out of bed in the morning is
twofold: Because she is unhappy, others must be made unhappy as well. We
all know the type: the office busybody; the perpetual malcontent; the
career secretary typing, fetching and Xeroxing, who thinks she should be
You can read the
entire exchange on www.slate.com, but if you haven't paid your $30
annual subscription fee to Bill Gates you can do what Clay did: read it
all at www.freerepublic.com/forum/
On Sunday's Face the Nation CBS brought aboard three expected GOP
presidential candidates: Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri, U.S. Rep. John
Kasich of Ohio and former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander. Below are
all the questions posed by host Bob Schieffer, except for a few prompts
for the others to answer the same question. See if you can discern any
pattern or angle to this July 5 line of questioning transcribed by MRC
analyst Jessica Anderson:
"Senator Ashcroft, let me start with
you. Pat Robertson recently gave you $10,000. Is it fair, and will you be
comfortable if you become the candidate of the Christian Right? Are you
comfortable with that?"
"Well, Pat Robertson recently said
that he thought that Orlando, Florida might be struck by hurricanes
because people at Disney World have been catering to gay people. Do you [Ashcroft]
agree with that?"
"Mr. Kasich, there's a great
controversy now going on amongst Republicans as to whether the Christian
Right and pressure from that part of the party is going to drive the party
so far to the right that it will be out of the mainstream of American
politics. Do you worry about that? Do you see that as a problem?"
"Governor Alexander, it's not so
much of people driving candidates one way or another, but are you worried
that the Republican party does seem to be drifting more to the right on
social issues right now?"
"Let me ask all three of you a
question, and I'll ask you, Senator Ashcroft, to respond first. The last
time there was a Republican President, he ran up some enormous deficits in
this country. Now Governor Alexander says we have a surplus. The economy
is booming right now. There seems to be peace at home. How does a
Republican run against that kind of record?"
"Mr. Casey [apparently Schieffer
really means Kasich], how do you run against a popular President when the
economy is booming like this one is?"
"The Republican leader of the Senate,
Trent Lott, speaking of values, said recently that he considered
homosexuality a sin and suggested it could be cured like, for example, the
example he used was kleptomania. Do you think that was a wise statement
for a Republican to make, Governor Alexander?...Do you agree with
[To Kasich, as he responds to the above
question] "Do you consider it a sin?"
"All right, let's suppose one of you
gets the Republican nomination and it turns out that Al Gore is your
opponent. Do you think Al Gore should be held responsible for this whole
Monica Lewinsky-situation and all of the things that we have been hearing
about over the past year? Senator Ashcroft."
Remember this line
of questioning the next time Schieffer interviews Democratic candidates.
See if he concentrates equally of how they are beholden to special
interests which are pushing the party far to the left, such as teacher
unions and environmentalists.
-- Brent Baker
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