Has Ed Klein wronged the right?

A lot of people are unhappy with "The Truth about Hillary," and not all of them are Democrats.

By Tim Grieve
Published June 24, 2005 2:56PM (EDT)

Maybe Ed Klein's mother loves his new anti-Hillary book, but we're sure having a hard time finding anyone else who does. Criticism of "The Truth about Hillary" is coming from all quarters -- including some of the encampments where you'd think it would be getting a 21-gun Swift Boat salute.

Dick Morris has already trashed the book, and, according to a piece in today's New York Times, a lot of voices from the right are now piling on. Peggy Noonan, who knows of what she speaks, says Klein's book is "poorly written, poorly thought, poorly sourced and full of the kind of loaded language that is appropriate to a polemic but not an investigative work." John Podhoretz calls "The Truth About Hillary" one of "most sordid volumes" he's ever read. And Bill O'Reilly said he won't invite Klein to appear on his show because of the book's "personal attacks."

Klein said he thinks -- and there's certainly some truth to this --- that some of the criticism on the right is coming from those who fear that his book will create a backlash of sympathy for Clinton, that she'll come to be viewed as "a victim, as the Lewinsky matter turned her into a victim, and that will strengthen her hand." But he also says that there are sour grapes involved. "A lot of people have written or plan to write books about Hillary," Klein tells the Times. "As 2008 approaches, there is an understandable competition and jealousy on the part of fellow writers."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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