January 17, 2018

It was 20 years ago today...Sgt. Pepper taught his band to play.

But never mind that; we should remember this day, January 17, 2018, for marking 20 years since the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky story broke. If you recall, we learned from The Drudge Report that Newsweek had had Michael Isikoff’s blockbuster ready to go, only to kill it at the last minute, though strong corroborating evidence in the form of Linda Tripp’s recorded conversations existed. According to the story released by Drudge on January 17, 1998, Isikoff had already had a similar experience with Newsweek over his investigative report that would’ve broken the Paula Jones story. One thing you have to say about the “journalists” at Newsweek: they were consistent.

Imagine! No mainstream news outlets would touch the Monica story; it took them three days after it broke to reluctantly start covering it. What news outlet today would have a story like that about President Trump and decide NOT to go with it? “Fake news” was alive and well in the 1990s, but with the Clintons in the White House, it came in the form of deliberate lying-by-omission to protect their friends. (Note: Comparisons are being made to FOX News’ decision on the eve of the 2016 election not to run allegations about Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels –- allegations that could not be verified. Confirmation bias affects all journalists, but, considering what we know and don't know, conflating these two stories isn't fair.)

Drudge is touting its achievement in breaking the Clinton news and providing a blast from the past with links to the original reports.

Democrat leaders justify today’s Mueller special counsel investigation of Trump as a “payback” of sorts for the Ken Starr investigation into Bill Clinton, and they want nothing less than for it to take the same track, all the way to impeachment. Yes, it’s been two decades since Starr’s investigation, but remember that President Clinton committed actual crimes: lying under oath in a civil lawsuit, suborning perjury and obstruction of justice. His impeachment and the loss of his law license came about because of that very real lawbreaking. (Incidentally, he also violated a law against the creation of hostile workplace conditions that he personally had signed.) So his misconduct involved far more than just his personal life and marriage. As for the sexual aspect, it was going on during his time as President with a lowly intern working with the White House staff, and the hostile workplace was the Oval Office. Impeachment was too good for the Clintons.

Anyway, to my original point: it takes vigilance to ferret out the real story from all the fakeness out there. Take the aforementioned Sgt. Pepper, for example. Until about a year ago, if you’d researched whether he was a real person or fictional, you probably would’ve concluded he was fake. But a recent book has shed some light on this, setting out the theory that Sgt. Pepper was someone very real. The search for truth is like science; doubt everything, and look to the evidence!

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  • Karen Johnson

    01/25/2018 06:10 PM

    I just wish the Clinton's would just go away.

  • Dolores Parsons

    01/18/2018 09:26 AM

    I'd like to comment on the President's health issue. Please select 10 White House pool reporters at random and administer the cognitive test to them. Then leak the results to the President to tweet out to us. Also, ask how many of them have dentures. They seem to think this directly affects a person's ability to perform their job duties. Such an important job as theirs requires stringent standards! After all, our democracy is at stake!