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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
NewsMax Restrains Itself
Topic: Newsmax
NewsMax has been unusually selective about the excerpts it promotes from the new book "The Truth About Hillary."

After an intial flurry of revelations -- and the subsequent debunking of them, showing author Edward Klein to be a shoddy, scandal-mongering researcher -- NewsMax got real quiet, going several days without a story plug, a rather tame one regarding "bred-in-the-bone leftist" Susan Thomases.

Sure, we could expect that NewsMax would not report the book's documented errors -- even though it proclaimed Kitty Kelley's book on the Bush family "prematurely imploded" after a single source recanted her participation in it. After all, it doesn't want to annoy columnist John LeBoutillier, who had a hand in Klein's book.

But NewsMax has also declined to reprint the most lurid allegation from the book to date, a claim (anonymous, of course) reported by Matt Drudge that Bill Clinton raped Hillary, resulting in the conception of daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Very surprising for a "news" organization that has shown little restraint in smearing the Clintons in the past.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:51 AM EDT

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