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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
LeBoutillier Lies About Podhoretz
Topic: Newsmax
In a June 27 NewsMax column chastising conservatives for not supporting Edward Klein's anti-Hillary book, John LeBoutillier selectively quotes comments by one conservative to advance the false claim that he didn't read Klein's book.

From LeBoutillier's column:

Another GOP strategist, said he "wanted to take a shower" after reading the book. He obviously did not read a page of it because, if anything, the book repeats much of what has previously been published elsewhere.

In fact, this unnamed "GOP strategist" is New York Post columnist John Podhoretz who made it clear in his June 22 column that he did indeed read the book. The full quote:

This is one of the most sordid volumes I've ever waded through. Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. Sixty pages into it, I wanted to be decontaminated. And 200 pages into it, I wanted someone to drive stakes through my eyes so I wouldn't have to suffer through another word.

Like the rest of NewsMax, LeBoutillier does not address the tons of documented errors in the book.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:19 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 3:56 PM EDT

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