Thursday, November 15, 2007

Caught in More Lies: Kathleen Willey

In a November 14 column discussing Kathleen Willey's new book Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Joseph Farah -- founder and editor of the right-wing news website WorldNetDaily -- asserted: "Many of us who crossed the Clintons -- whether it was because of what we wrote or whether it was because we didn't yield to unwanted sexual attacks -- feared for our lives as a result of winding up on their 'enemies list.' " He also claimed that "there were real-world consequences to being on the Clintons' enemies list," such as "losing jobs," "threats and harassment," "invasion of privacy," "break-ins and dead pets and flat tires," and "audits from the Internal Revenue Service." Farah added, "I am convinced, as is Willey, it could mean untimely death." Media Matters for America has documented numerous examples of media figures portraying the Clintons and their staff as ruthless and even violent.

In the book, Willey rehashes disproven conspiracy theories regarding former deputy White House counsel Vince Foster's 1993 suicide and suggests possible parallels between Foster's death and the suicide of her husband, Clinton fundraiser Ed Willey Jr., as well as the reported suicide attemptcharged with fraud and violating campaign finance laws in California. World Ahead Publishing, which published Target, and WND Books, WorldNetDaily's publishing imprint, became partners in October 2006. Also, in an interview with WorldNetDaily discussed in a November 5 article, Willey asserted that she "[m]ost definitely" suspects that her husband was murdered and that she "ha[s] suspicions" the Clintons were involved. of Norman Hsu, a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) who was

Farah also asserted that Willey's book "is perhaps the best expose of the personal, moral bankruptcy of both Clintons" and claimed that the book showed that President Clinton is "capable of just about anything -- including rape." As Media Matters has noted, on the March 15, 1998, edition of CBS' 60 Minutes, Willey alleged that Bill Clinton fondled her against her will in 1993 during a private White House meeting in which she asked for a paid position in the administration. Clinton denied making any sexual advance toward Willey. As the report by independent counsel Robert Ray noted, "Because the alleged incident arose in an employment context, Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled the allegations could be explored during discovery in Jones [v. Clinton]," the lawsuit in which former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones claimed that Clinton sexually harassed her.

Ray's report, however, concluded that "Willey's Testimony to the Grand Jury About the Alleged Incident Differed Materially from Her Deposition Testimony Given in Jones v. Clinton," noting that Willey "said at her deposition ... that [Clinton] did not fondle her." Ray also found that Willey contradicted herself on whether she had told others about the alleged incident and asserted that Willey gave false information to the FBI.

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