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Three Cheers for Salon Magazine!

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This on-line zine is doing the major investigative reporting on the DC "sex scandal" that the print media such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times should be doing.

If you're a newcomer, don't despair. They have an archive on The Clinton Crisis. Some of the major articles:

Mollie Dickenson's Starr Chamber---- wherein she gives the skinny on the reason Starr was chosen and some dirty dealings in the 1992 election by guess which side. (This is in three parts; be sure to get it all.)

The Road to Hale---- wherein Jonathan Broder and Murray Waas drop the bomb that Starr's prize witness, David Hale (whose testimony was needed to indict the McDougals and Jim Guy Tucker), had received numerous secret cash payments from billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.

Broder and Waas give the details on how this was accomplished in Portrait of a Bag Man. (Two parts.)

All about Scaife--- Karen Rothmyer's The Man Behind the Mask. (Two parts.)

Mollie Dickenson details how the major print media have erroneously and selectively "reported" the story in A Massive Journalistic Breakdown. (Two parts.)

Do not miss Gene Lyons' See Some Evil, Hear Some Evil.... about the blind eye that Kenneth Starr has turned to the probable perjuries and other felonies of four of his witnesses. (Four parts.)

Bruce Shapiro in Case Closing gives his analysis of how "Starr's long, expensive inquiry is running out of oxygen." (Two parts.)

How the anti-Clinton Arkansas Project mounted a smear campaign against the respected judge who had been chosen to preside over the criminal trial of Jim Guy Tucker and how Kenneth Starr used these articles of questionable origin to have the judge removed after he had quashed Starr's indictment of Tucker ----- The Smearing of Judge Woods by Lyons, Conason and Waas.

Men in Black (Robes)---- Bruce Shapiro points up Chief Justice William Rehnquist's part in the whole scenario; he further suggests we shouldn't be too hasty to get rid of the office of independent counsel----- we may need one to investigate Kenneth Starr.
And now my own observations starting from about the second week of February, 1998: My Ruminations on the Starr-Tripp and Lewinsky-Clinton Imbroglio (hereinafter referred to as STALC)

1. The leaks and media spins achieved by the Starr Chamber are very reminiscent of the newspaper propaganda and destabilization engineered by the CIA in countries such as Chile and Guatemala before their coups d’etat.

2. The high approval ratings that are being maintained by President Clinton tell me that

a) the people in the US are more sophisticated than the Guatemalans of 1954 or the Chileans of 1973 and

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