The Washington Free Beacon and their investigative journalist Alana Goodman have done it again. And by “it,” I mean the job the rest of the political press will not do: performing an intrusive examination of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s past.
This past winter, Goodman took the trip down to Arkansas where she dug into the records of Clinton friend, the late Diane Blair. Goodman unearthed notes detailing how Clinton felt about her allies, her adversaries, and the major events that dominated the headlines in the 1990s.
“HC tired of all those whiney women, and she needs him on health care,” Blair wrote of Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) in the heat of the 1993 debate over health care reform. Goodman’s reporting also revealed that the Clinton camp had authored memos on how to deal with President Bill Clinton’s serial infidelity as early as 1992. And, of course, the documents exposed the fact that Clinton had called Monica Lewinski a “narcissistic loony toon” – a quote the press elevated above all others in this expansive scoop.
Much as they may have wanted to, the political media could not ignore a story. Reporters descended on Arkansas in an attempt to replicate Goodman’s feat. Frustrated, prominent journalistic figures who reported on the revelations uncovered by WFB, in what came to be called “the Hillary papers,” often prefaced their reporting with some disparaging remark about the source of the original scoop.