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Monday, April 28, 2008
Newsmax Flip-Flops on Kitty Kelley's Bush Bio
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted that when Kitty Kelley released her gossipy book on the Bush family back in 2004, Newsmax worked hard to discredit it, denouncing Kelley as a "poison pen celebrity biographer" and the book itself as a "rumormongering ... screed" filled with "outrageous and unsubstantiated claims."

That's why it's a surprise to see Newsmax columnist Lev Navrozov using Kelley's book as a reference to attack President Bush in his April 25 column:

In September 2004, Kitty Kelley published a 704-page volume entitled “The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty." It is worth reading because it is a collection of facts based on historical records told with utter simplicity and without any prejudice on the author’s part. 

On Page 101, it says that when the Bushes were asked why they had moved to Texas, their answer was that in oil-rich Texas they “just wanted to make a lot of money quick.”

They did not say what they needed a “lot of money” for (quick!). One presumes that a “lot of money quick” was assumed by them to be instant paradise.

Education at Ivy League universities (such as Yale) required money and was also a way to obtain a “lot of money.”

When George W. Bush was being prepared for Yale at the prep school in Andover, one of his assignments was to write an essay about a sad experience in his life, and he chose to write about his sister’s death. He used the word “tears” and wanted another word for “tears.” According to Kelley's book, in a dictionary, he found the verb “to tear,” meaning “to lacerate.” So he wrote: “And the lacerates ran down my cheeks.”

For a child of 5, learning to read, this could be just funny. But it was 1962, George W. Bush was 16, and preparing for Yale.

Is Bush now so hated at Newsmax that it's OK for a book it once called a "rumormongering ... screed" to be cited approvingly? Apparently so.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:15 AM EDT

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