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Oprah, Better Than Rather

I don’t think anyone could argue that Oprah Winfrey was tough on Bill Clinton yesterday, but she was tougher than Dan Rather. Or to be more precise, she was more curious than Dan Rather. She asked him about the whole “sleeping on the couch” thing, and he suggested the Lincoln Bedroom and the Queen’s Bedroom in the White House were “too formal” for him to enjoy. (?) She also pushed for more detail on Clinton’s story of day-long counseling sessions after the Monica story broke, which he then claimed weren’t really day-long for him, but for three to five hours. When she asked where they were held, he wouldn’t say, claiming the counselor wouldn’t want to be “outed.” That would suggest the sessions were outside the White House, eh? These aren’t political questions, and the answers seemed to demand more questions, but Oprah is advancing the personal story of Clinton better than Rather did.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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