5 John Nichols, “Do Republicans Hate the Women of America?” Capital Times (Madison, WI), January 12, 1996.

  6 Frank Rich, “Angry White Woman,” New York Times, January 3, 1996.

  7 See, e.g., Jules Witcover, “Unshining Moments,” Columbia Journalism Review,January 1998 / February 1998 (reviewing Seymour M. Hersh, The Dark Side of Camelot).

  8 Nathan Thrall and Jesse James Wilkins, “Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed,” New York Times, May 22, 2008.

  9 Ibid.

  10 Mary Ann Giordano, “A J.F.K. Comparison for Obama That Is Not a Compliment,” New York Times, December 6, 2007 (citing Elie Abel, The Missiles of October).

  11 See, e.g., Jules Witcover, “Unshining Moments.”

  12 Louis Liebovich, The Press and the Modern Presidency: Myths and Mindsets from Kennedy to Election 2000 (2001) at 23.

  13 John F. Stacks, Scotty: James B. Reston and the Rise and Fall of American Journalism (Little, Brown & Co. 2002) at 282.

  14 Richard Reeves, “A Man of Charm, Cruelty,” Orlando Sentinel (Florida).

  15 Humberto Fontova, “The Real Story of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” NewsMax, July 21, 2005. Available at:

  16 Editorial: “The J.F.K. File,” New York Times, November 19, 2002.

  17 See, e.g., Paul Johnson, Modern Times (1983) at 650–651.

  18 See, e.g., William Safire, Before the Fall (1975) at 354; Louis Liebovich, The Press and the Modern Presidency: Myths and Mindsets from Kennedy to Election 2000 (2001) at 23.

  19 Andrew Ferguson, Fools Names, Fools Faces (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996) at 74–75.

  20 Richard E. Meyer, Associated Press, January 26, 1977 (“Bill D. Moyers, a former top aide to President Johnson, is a front-runner to be named CIA director, informed sources said Wednesday”).

  21 Tim Russert Show, “Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Watergate Reporters, Discuss Watergate and Richard Nixon's Resignation 25 Years Ago,” CNBC, August 7, 1999.

  22 William Safire, Before the Fall (1975) at 364.

  23 CBS News, GOP Convention coverage, August 1988 (cited in Media Research Center's 1988 “Notable Quotables.” Available at:

  24 Exchange on Face the Nation, May 15, 1988 (cited in Media Research Center's 1988 “Notable Quotables.” Available at:

  25 Connie Chung, NBC Nightly News, April 1, 1988 (cited in Media Research Center's 1988 “Notable Quotables. Available at:

  26 Andrew Cohen, “The Savaging of Seymour,” Globe and Mail (Canada), January 10, 1998.

  27 Richard Reeves, “A Man of Charm, Cruelty,” Orlando Sentinel (Florida).

  28 Daniel S. Greenberg, “Oval Office Astrology Isn't Funny,” Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1988.

  29 Ann McFeatters (Scripps Howard News Service), “Clinton Era Fosters Kiss-and-Tell Trend,” Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), March 16, 1999.

  30 David Johnston, “Speakes Says He Told Reagan of Bogus Quotes, but Later,” New York Times, April 19, 1988.

  31 Michael Oreskes, “The New York Times/CBS News Poll: Grudging Public Thinks Tax Rise Now Must Come,” New York Times, May 27, 1990.

  32 Editorial: “If They're Serious About the Deficit,” New York Times, May 15, 1990.

  33 Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House (Washington: Regnery, 1996), p. 205.

  34 Dick Morris, Behind the Oval Office: Winning the Presidency in the Nineties (New York: Random House, 1997).

  35 Helen Thomas, “Backstairs at the White House,” United Press International, January 15, 1997.

  36 George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human: A Political Education (Little, Brown and Company, 1999).

  37 “Clinton Scandals Update,” Bulletin's Frontrunner, March 10, 1999.

  38 Jeff Baker, “Boy George,” Sunday Oregonian (Portland), March 21, 1999.

  39 Alison Mitchell, “Impeachment: The Overview,” New York Times, December 20, 1998.

  A few hours after the vote, Mr. Clinton, surrounded by Democrats, walked onto the South Lawn of the White House, his wife, Hillary, on his arm, to pre-empt calls for his resignation. The man who in better days had debated where he would stand in the pantheon of American Presidents said he would stay in office and vowed “to go on from here to rise above the rancor, to overcome the pain and division, to be a repairer of the breach.” Later, Mr. Clinton called off the bombing in Iraq, declaring the mission accomplished.

  40 Clinton scandals update.

  41 Stephanopoulos, All Too Human, Epilogue.

  42 Hardball, MSNBC, October 17, 2006.

  43 The Situation Room, CNN, October 16, 2006.

  44 Debra J. Saunders, “Slam Dunk, The Book,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2007.


  1 Kimberly Kindy and Joe Stephens, “Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits,” Washington Post, August 24, 2008.

  2 Chris Matthews, Hardball, MSNBC, September 10, 2008.

  3 Anderson Cooper, “Should Candidates’ Spouses Be Fair Game?,” CNN, May 19, 2008.

  4 Foon Rhee, “Poll on Presidential Spouses Finds an Edge for Obama,” Boston Globe, June 19, 2008 (quoting Obama interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network). Available at:

  5 Cooper, “Should Candidates’ Spouses Be Fair Game?”

  6 Ibid.

  7 Michael Cass, “Republican Leaders Criticize Video,” The Tennessean(Nashville), May 21, 2008.

  8 Maria Gavrilovic, “Obama: ‘People's Families Are Off Limits,’ ” CBS News, September 1, 2008. Available at:

  9 Ben Wallace-Wells, “Obama's Narrator,” New York Times, April 1, 2007.

  10 Rick Pearson, “Divorce Turns into Albatross of Senate Race; National Issues Take Back Seat,” Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2004.

  11 More viciousness available here:

  12 Scott Fornek, “Obama: Back Off Divorce Files,” Chicago Sun-Times, April 3, 2004.

  13 Editorial: “Why the Tribune Went to Court,” Chicago Tribune, June 25, 2004.

  14 Michael Martinez and Rick Pearson, “Court Sets Release of Ryan's Divorce File; Judge Admits Son Will Be Harmed,” Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2004.

  15 In re Marriage of Ryan, Declaration of Jeri Ryan, June 9, 2000, p. 22.

  16 Barbara Brotman, “The Other Woman Has Great Parts, and a Great Part,” Chicago Tribune, December 14, 1997.

  17 Judy Hevrdejs and Mike Conklin, “Congressman Crane Faces Hearing on Petition Challenges,” Chicago Tribune, December 24, 1997.

  18 Girls of FHM: Jeri Ryan, FHM, December 2006. Available at: http://www.fhm

  19 See, e.g., Kate Zernike, “Divorced Dads Emerge as a Political Force,” Boston Globe, May 19, 1998.

  20 Raymond Smith, “Family Justice; Perry Mason? Matlock? Not Here, a Place Where Discovering the Truth and Punishing the Guilty Are Not the Highest Priorities,” Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA), June 18, 1995.

  21 Susan Chandler, Robert Becker, and James Janega, “Divorce Records Can Be a Minefield,” Chicago Tribune, June 26, 2004.

  22 Rick Egusquiza, “Sarah Palin's Dark Secrets,” National Enquirer, September 15, 2008.

  23 “Exclusive: Woman Denies Sarah Palin Had Affair with Her Husband,” Us Weekly, September 5, 2008.

  24 Michael M. Phillips, “In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political,” Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2008.

  25 Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman, and Michael Powell, “Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes,” N
ew York Times, September 14, 2008.

  26 “New Palin Scandal—Charges of Extramarital Affair,” Pam's House Blend, September 5, 2008; Alex Koppelman, “More Dirt on Palin on the Way?,” Salon, September 5, 2008; “Sexy Palin Ethics Investigation Update,” Gawker, September 5, 2008.

  27 Koppelman, “More Dirt on Palin on the Way?”

  28 Amanda M. Fairbanks, “Inviting Bloggers into the Tent,” New York Times, August 24, 2008.

  29 Nancy Dillon, “Reports That Track Palin Vandalized School Buses Aren't True, Says Pal,” Daily News (New York), September 10, 2008. (A “key culprit” said, “Track wasn't with me. Track had nothing to do with it.”)

  30 Ben Smith, “The Clintonite Who Owns National Enquirer,” Politico, October 11, 2007.

  31 Dan Payne, “Briefing Paper, Wallpaper, Sealed Papers,” Boston Globe, April 10, 2004.

  32 Randy Ludlow, “State Employee Says She Was Ordered to Check Out Joe the Plumber,” Columbus Dispatch, October 31, 2008.

  33 The O'reilly Factor, “Dan Rather Discusses ‘The American Dream,’ ” Fox News Network, September 7, 2001.

  34 Glen Johnson, “As Ted Kennedy Seeks Re-election, Joan Tries to Reopen Divorce Settlement,” Associated Press, September 30, 1994.

  35 John Ellement, “Joan Kennedy Wants Case Heard in Boston,” Boston Globe, September 20, 1994.

  36 Scot Lehigh, “Kennedy, Romney Deadlocked in Poll,” Boston Globe, September 17, 1994.

  37 Ben Bradlee Jr. and Daniel Golden, “Inside the Kennedy-Romney Race,” Boston Globe, November 10, 1994.

  38 Frank Phillips, “Romney Firm Tied to Labor Fight; Jobs, Benefits Slashed at Ind. Paper Plant,” Boston Globe, September 23, 1994.

  39 Sarah Baxter, “Sleaze Scuppers Democrat Golden Boy,” Sunday Times (London), July 27, 2008.

  40 Howard Kurtz, “Bush Angrily Denounces Report of Extramarital Affair as ‘a Lie,’ ” Washington Post, August 12, 1992.

  41 “Tabloid Journalism: How Print Handled the Story,” Hotline, August 12, 1992 (quoting John Harwood in the August 12 Wall Street Journal).

  42 See generally “Tabloid Journalism: How Print Handled the Story;” see also “The 1992 Campaign; Bush Angrily Denies a Report of an Affair,” New York Times, August 12, 1992.

  43 Editorial: “The Sleaze Factor,” New York Times, August 5, 1992.

  44 See generally “Tabloid Journalism: How Print Handled the Story;” see also “The 1992 Campaign; Bush Angrily Denies a Report of an Affair.”

  45 “Tabloid Journalism: How Print Handled the Story.”

  46 Scot Lehigh and Michael Kranish, “Angry Bush Calls Affair Story ‘a Lie,’ ” Boston Globe, August 12, 1992.

  47 Joe Conason, “Reason No. 1 Not to Vote for George Bush: He Cheats on His Wife,” Spy, July/August 1992.

  48 Kurt Andersen, “Falling Out of Love with Bill,” New York, April 4, 2008.

  49 Transcript Part III: “Cheney, Edwards Discuss Qualities of a VP,”, October 7, 2004. Available at:

  50 Wendy Doniger, “All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They Are Forced on Others,” Washington Post–Newsweek, “On Faith,” September 9, 2008. Available at:

  51 The University of Chicago Divinity School, Meet the Faculty, Wendy Doniger. Available at:

  52 Katha Pollitt, “Lipstick on a Wing Nut,” The Nation, September 10, 2008. Available at:

  53 “Corrections and Clarifications,” Chicago Tribune, September 5, 1996.

  54 Tim Craig and Michael D. Shear, “Allen Quip Provokes Outrage, Apology,” Washington Post, August 15, 2006.

  55 Editorial: “George Allen's America,” Washington Post, August 15, 2006.

  56 Matthew Continetti, “George Allen Monkeys Around,” The Weekly Standard, October 2, 2006.

  57 Craig and Shear, “Allen Quip Provokes Outrage, Apology.”

  58 Michael D. Shear, “Allen, Webb Face Scrutiny of the NAACP,” Washington Post, October 21, 2006.

  59 John M. Broder, “Hanging On to Biden's Every Word,” New York Times, September 12, 2008.

  60 See, e.g., Shankar Vedantam, “For Allen and Webb, Implicit Biases Would Be Better Confronted,” Washington Post, October 9, 2006.

  61 Allison Klein, “Webb Aide Tried to Take Gun Into Senate Building, Capitol Police Say,” Washington Post, March 27, 2007.

  62 See, e.g., Michael Barone, “Democrat Protectionism: It Won't Win Elections or Help the Economy,” Washington Post, September 29, 1985; Clarence Page, “Obama Hurdle Called ‘Bubba,’ ” Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2008; “Emerging Democratic Majority After 40 Years of Decline,” Denver Post, August 24, 2008.

  63 Flyer available here:

  64 Michael D. Shear, “Webb, Miller Spar on Spending,” Washington Post, June 10, 2006.

  The other two mentions were here—Tim Craig and Michael D. Shear, “Allen Flap May Give a Boost to Webb,” Washington Post, August 19, 2006:

  Allen's campaign has responded to the incident by accusing Webb of tolerating anti-Semitism. During Webb's Democratic primary campaign against lobbyist Harris Miller, Webb's campaign distributed a flier in southwestern Virginia that included a caricature of Miller with wads of money coming out of his pocket. Miller, who is Jewish, decried the flier as anti-Semitic. Webb has said the flier was not intended to be offensive.

  And here—Michael D. Shear, “Allen Says He Embraces His Jewish Ancestry,” Washington Post, September 20, 2006:

  [Allen adviser] Wadhams also accused Webb's campaign of mailing an anti-Semitic flier to Virginia voters during the state's Democratic primary this year. That flier depicted Webb's Jewish opponent, Harris Miller, with money coming out of his pockets. “They have been continuing that anti-Semitic strategy through their paid bloggers,” Wadhams said. Webb spokeswoman Kristian Denny Todd called that charge “completely false.” She said the flier was not anti-Semitic.

  65 Deborah Solomon, “The Contender: Questions for Jim Webb,” New York Times Magazine, June 1, 2008.

  66 Amanda B. Carpenter, “Washington Post Launches Campaign Against George Allen,” Human Events, October 2, 2006.

  67 Dana Milbank, “The Senator's Gentile Rebuke,” Washington Post, September 19, 2006.

  68 Associated Press, “Campaign Staffer in House Race Resigns After Allen E-mail,” October 4, 2006.

  69 James Wolcott, “Fire in the Beltway,” Vanity Fair, December 2006.

  70 Paul Krugman, “Two More Years,” New York Times, December 4, 2006.

  71 Frank Rich, “Has He Started Talking to the Walls?,” New York Times, December 3, 2006.

  72 See the video here:

  73 Ibid.

  74 Terence Samuel, “Slaughter the Pig,” Slate, September 10, 2008 (linking to The, as “also in Slate”).

  75 Obama on Letterman: “McCain Policy Is the Pig,”, September 11, 2008.

  76 Frank Gabrenya, “It's Not Exactly Driver's Ed Fare,” Columbus Dispatch(Ohio), March 20, 1997.

  77 Alexander Marquardt and Chris Welch,, April 22, 2008. Available at:

  78 Juan Cole, “What's the Difference Between Palin and Muslim Fundamentalists?Lipstick,” Salon, Sept. 9, 2008.

  79 Terence Samuel, “Slaughter the Pig,” Slate, September 10, 2008.

  80 E. J. Dionne Jr. “… He Didn't Get,” Washington Post, November 5, 2004.

  81 Amy Forliti, “Antiwar March Planned for Last Day of RNC,” Associated Press Online, September 4, 2008.

  82 David Freddoso, The Case Against Barack Obama (Washington: Regnery, 2008), p. 139. See also Sweetness & Light, “Code Pink's ‘Sugar Mommy’—
Jodie Evans.” Available at:

  83 Phil Davidson, “Hall in Thick of Melee at GOP Convention,” Idaho Falls Post Register, September 5, 2008.

  84 The final tally isn't in yet for the 2008 conventions, but the 2004 Republican Convention in New York cost $154 million. See Michael Slackman, “G.O.P. Convention Cost $154 Million,” New York Times, October 14, 2004.

  85 Davidson, “Hall in Thick of Melee at GOP Convention.”

  86 Guest host Rachel Maddow, Countdown, MSNBC, September 5, 2008.

  87 Martin Kasindorf, “Rich, Famous Push for Secrecy in Divorce,” USA Today, December 8, 2005.


  1 “Is CBS News Fair and Balanced?,” The O'reilly Factor, Fox News Network, January 25, 2000.

  2 Editorial: “Looking Past Labor Day,” New York Times, September 2, 2002.

  3 N. R. Kleinfield, “As 9/11 Nears, a Debate Rises: How Much Tribute Is Enough?,” New York Times, September 2, 2007.

  4 Kausfiles, “When Laura Snarked Condi,” January 8, 2007.

  5 Frank Rich, “The Joy of Sex,” New York Times, February 4, 1998.

  6 Paul Krugman, “Sweet Little Lies,” New York Times, April 9, 2007.

  7 Ibid.

  8 Susan Schmidt and Dan Morgan, “Starr: Witnessing for the Prosecution; Counsel Gets Forum to Defend Actions,” Washington Post, November 19, 1998.

  9 According to FBI crime statistics, each year there are about five violent crimes and 35 property crimes for every thousand inhabitants. (Available at: Over eight years, that would amount to 320 violent and property crimes alone for every thousand Americans, not including white-collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion, insider trading, and so on.

  10 Paul Krugman, “The Waiting Game,” New York Times, July 16, 2007.

  11 Peter Schweizer, Do as I Say (Not as I Do) (New York: Doubleday, 2005), pp. 107–9.

  12 Ibid., pp. 107–9.

  13 Seymour M. Hersh, “Colson Pleads Guilty to Charge in Ellsberg Case and Is Expected to Aid Jaworski and Rodino Panel,” New York Times, June 4, 1974. Available at:

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