Wednesday, June 22, 2005

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts."

This aphorism from the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is quoted by his daughter, Maura Moynihan, who emphatically disputes the slander that Hillary Clinton didn't get along with her predecessor, Senator Moynihan. Ms. Moynihan, writing in the New York Observer, calls the The Truth About Hillary "a tawdry new book that hits a new low in Hillary-bashing" and points out that "Mr. Klein has an established record of slandering Democrats and using dead people as sources." (See my previous post on the author spinning fiction from a photograph.)
Ms. Moynihan finishes her piece by voicing her admiration for Senator Clinton and suggesting that journalists do their homework:
She [Senator Clinton] has endured years of personal attacks on herself and her family, and has somehow managed to bear herself with dignity and grace throughout. A lesser person would have abandoned politics and retired to the Gulf of Siam years ago. Fabricating stories about Mrs. Clinton’s relationship with Senator Moynihan is an offense to New Yorkers, an insult to my deceased father and a sad commentary on the state of "journalism." Let the woman do her work, for God’s sake, and if you want to know what Senator Moynihan said or thought about anything, visit his papers in the Library of Congress.

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