Former President Clinton, on the campaign trail in South Dakota, told the Huffington Post’s Mayhill Fowler that Todd Purdum’s piece in Vanity Fair is "all about the bias of the media for Obama" and that it "isn’t the first dishonest piece he’s written about me or her."
Purdum is married to Clinton’s former press secretary, Dee Dee Myers.
"That’s all right– he’s still a scumbag," Clinton told Fowler. " 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 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."
Fowler wrote that Clinton was "tightly gripping this reporter’s hand and refusing to let go."
Purdum defended his piece on CNN’s "The Situation Room," and rejected Wolf Blitzer’s suggestion that he was making insinuations that Clinton was cheating on Hillary.
Purdum says, "Wolf, I don’t make that insinuation. I don’t make that insinuation in any place in the story, and I’m quite careful to say that I’m not.What I’m saying is that some of his own aides are concerned about these reports. That’s all I say. And I think the point here is I’m not quoting Ken Starr’s operatives. I’m not quoting opposition researchers for Barack Obama. I’m not quoting Republican lawyers or private eyes.
"I’m quoting people who work and used to work and still work for Bill Clinton. And these are their concerns, they’re not my concerns, they’re not anyone else’s concerns. These are their concerns."
Ironically, that is the same defense that the New York Times had of the McCain/lobbyist story, that they were simply reporting concerns among McCain staff of the appearance of impropriety.