When a recent Pew Research study concluded that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were receiving press coverage that was “identical in tone,” perhaps they hadn’t taken into consideration the upcoming 9,000 word Vanity Fair article on Bill Clinton, the “snowy-haired man who is the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral he attends,” (snap!) titled “The Comeback Id,” which among other things wonders why the President “moved with seeming abandon to stain his wife’s presidential campaign in the name of saving it.”
Politico’s Ben Smith is reporting that the article has infuriated the Clinton camp to the extent that they have responded with their own 2,476-word memo, call it,
A tawdry, anonymous quote-filled attack piece, published in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine regarding former President Bill Clinton repeats many past attacks on him, ignores much prior positive coverage, includes numerous errors, and ultimately breaks no new ground. It is, in short, journalism of personal destruction at its worst.The Clinton camp also accuses Vanity Fair of an obvious conflict of interest that would “likely not be contemplated at more reputable publications” (double snap!) since the article’s author Todd Purdum is married to former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers (though the article states she was not a source), and of distorting President Clinton’s post White House activities “President Clinton has helped save the lives of more than 1,300,000 people in his post-presidency, and Vanity Fair couldn’t find time to talk to even one of them for comment.” All we can say is that Michelle Obama we hope you’re ready, cause it ain’t going to be pretty.