Recovered history: the next stop after Hope

Sam Smith The best piece of political fiction in modern America is still Bill Clinton. Much of the narrative he wrote himself, but a deeply embedded national media distributed it widely and made sure that reality didn't intrude too much. The tale began in Hope, Arkansas. As Clinton said when first nominated, "I still believe … Continue reading Recovered history: the next stop after Hope

The story the media won’t tell you

Sam Smith 2009 - Based on media coverage at least, name the largest industry in America that never contributes to political campaigns, never tries to influence politicians, never is involved in political corruption and has no lobbyists in Washington? In other words, name the cleanest business in America - that is, if you believe the … Continue reading The story the media won’t tell you

BILL CLINTON: OUR FIRST POST MODERN PRESIDENT

The following is an excerpt from "Shadows of Hope: A Freethinker's Guide to Politics in the Times of Clinton" by Progressive Review editor Sam Smith, written after just one year of the Clinton administration and published by Indiana University Press Not all the myths of the Clinton campaign were for public consumption. There were also … Continue reading BILL CLINTON: OUR FIRST POST MODERN PRESIDENT

WHY CLINTON’S LYING IS STILL IMPORTANT

Sam Smith ONE OF THE FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT THE CLINTON YEARS was the consistent failure of women's groups to show the slightest interest in those who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. Basically, they were dismissed as trailer trash. One of them was Paula Jones whose lawsuit against Clinton was the proximate cause of the … Continue reading WHY CLINTON’S LYING IS STILL IMPORTANT

What you won’t find in the Clinton museum and library

Sam Smith BILL CLINTON AND GEORGE BUSH are the two most corrupt individuals to have occupied the White House in modern times. While Bush has clearly proved more venal and deadly and far more destructive of the American republic, it is a fair reading of history to say that Clinton was the warm up band … Continue reading What you won’t find in the Clinton museum and library

Impeachable Defenses: What Clinton taught us about the media

Sam  Smith, 1998-In the beginning there was just a governor from Arkansas. Elsewhere, hardly anyone knew much about him. The few who did included those attending some of the nearly 100 meetings at Pam Harriman's house moderated by Clark Clifford and Robert Strauss. The cover charge for contributors was $1,000 a head and Harriman and … Continue reading Impeachable Defenses: What Clinton taught us about the media

The Clinton stories the media won’t cover

From the Progressive Review 1996 Accessory after the fact:the media and the Clinton scandals Because it controls its own medium and can revise history at will, one accessory after the fact in the Clinton scandals is almost certain to remain unscathed: the media. From the beginning, journalists created a fantasy portrait of Bill Clinton as … Continue reading The Clinton stories the media won’t cover

Clinton stories most of the media didn’t cover

Sam Smith, 1996 - Because it controls its own medium and can revise history at will, one accessory after the fact in the Clinton scandals is almost certain to remain unscathed: the media. From the beginning, journalists created a fantasy portrait of Bill Clinton as a brilliant visionary, managerial superman, and charismatic leader. During the … Continue reading Clinton stories most of the media didn’t cover