Bill Clinton Rips Purdum — and Media Coverage of His Wife

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By: E&P Staff

Former President Bill Clinton unloaded today on former New York Times reporter Todd Purdum, who has penned an extremely negative piece about him in this month’s Vanity Fair (see our story yesterday). As reported by Mayhill Fowler of the Huffington Post, Bill Clinton called Purdum “sleazy,” “dishonest,” “slimy” and a “scumbag.”

The former president made the comment at a local campaign event in Milbank, S.D., after Fowler asked him if Purdum’s claims were weighing on his mind.

“[He’s] sleazy,” he said referring to Purdum. “He’s a really dishonest reporter…. There’s just five or six blatant lies in there. But he’s a real slimy guy.

When Fowler reminded him that Purdum was married to his former press spokeswoman, DeeDee Myers, Clinton said, “That’s all right– he’s still a scumbag. Let me tell ya– he’s one of the guys — he’s one of the guys that brought out all those lies about Whitewater to Kenneth Starr. He’s just a dishonest guy– can’t help it….

“You know he didn’t use a single name, cite a single source in all those things he said. It’s just slimy. It’s part of the national media’s attempt to nail Hillary for Obama. It’s the most biased press coverage in history. It’s another way of helping Obama. They had all these people standing up in this church cheering, calling Hillary a white racist, and he [Obama] didn’t do anything about it. The first day he said ‘Ah, ah, ah well.’ Because that’s what they do– he gets other people to slime her.

“So then they saw the movie they thought this is a great ad for John McCain– maybe I better quit the church. It’s all politics. It’s all about the bias of the media for Obama. Don’t think anything about it.”

“But I’m telling ya, all it’s doing is driving her supporters further and further away– because they know exactly what it is– this has been the most rigged coverage in modern history…”

The full piece by Fowler is at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/bill-clinton-purdhum-a-sl_b_104771.html

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