The Corner

Sanctimony from Anonymous Joe

On a book chat yesterday on the Washington Post website, one chatter asked Joe Klein: “How can we make politics more interesting to the public?” Klein replied: “More honesty from politicians. I know, I know…hopelessly romantic, but there it is.” Hopelessly romantic? How about hopelessly self-deluding? That’s always a comical answer for “Anonymous” Klein, who lied his face off denying his authorship of the novel Primary Colors, including to his employers, as he became a wealthy man.

When another chatter fussed that he helped the Clinton haters with that one, he insisted, “I always thought Primary Colors was a tribute to larger than life politicians….When Mike Nichols bought the film rights, he said: ‘There is no villain in this book.’ Amen to that.”

Tim Graham — Tim 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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