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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Anti-Clinton book publisher uses fabricated quotes to defend book's quality

There's obviously plenty of money to be made in right-wing attack books. I've even seen one or two in the homes of conservative friends who really should know better. While Clinton hatred may still be a big seller, they don't seem to be getting any more accurate than they were in the days of Jerry Falwell accusing the Clintons of being murderous cocaine smugglers.

From the author's defense of his book:

"I compiled quotes from 63 books and over 100 different articles, so Hillary's apologists have their work cut out for them," adds Thomas Kuiper, the book's editor. "Was Chris Matthews's statement that he saw Hillary make Secret Service agents carry her bags a lie? How about Hillary's widely quoted claim to be named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who climbed Mt. Everest years after she was born? Or her statement on Dateline that Chelsea was jogging near the World Trade Center on September 11th, a story which Chelsea herself later contradicted?"

Incredibly--no, strike that-- predictably, Media Matters has found that each of these ironclad examples involves selective quoting, misrepresentation, and plain ol' lying. I'm sure the author will be, to paraphrase Liberace, crying all the way to the bank.