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1995: The year the future began

Rambling nostalgia: WETA’s ‘Washington in the ’90s’ documentary

A flaw common to documentary treatments of the 1990s (or of any decade, really) lies in the failure to address fundamental yet vital questions such as: “What’s the point?” “What … Continue reading

July 15, 2018

The Clinton interview we’d like to see

Former President Bill Clinton has been making the rounds of late, promoting a co-authored novel while renewing controversy about his furtive liaison with Monica Lewinsky that began at the White … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Apologize to Monica Lewinsky? Would it matter?

Speculation arises from time to time about whether former President Bill Clinton should apologize to Monica Lewinsky for their affair at the White House that began during the government shutdown … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Remembering Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging denial-lie, 20 years on

His eyes were narrowed, his face flushed. He wagged an index finger for emphasis and he nearly spat the words as television cameras rolled: “I want to say one thing … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

HLN’s oddly timed Clinton-Lewinsky rehash notable for what it left out

HLN’s two-hour look-back last night at the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal was notable for what it left out. And for its peculiar timing. Consider first the timing: Given the recent … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

‘Just because I could’: Would Bill Clinton survive Lewinsky scandal these days? Not likely

Counterfactual history can be little more than trivial nonsense. Take, for example, the Washington Post’s frivolous, “let’s pretend” story last week ruminating about what if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Ick alert? TV dramatizations of Clinton-Lewinsky scandal airing or in works

More than 20 years after it ended, the scandalous affair of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky still fascinates, still strangely exerts a hold on popular culture. How otherwise to explain … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Messaging, sequencing a puzzle as CNN launches ’90s series

It’s certainly commendable that the 1990s — a decade Americans too often treat casually or dismissively — is receiving extended attention from CNN, in a seven-part documentary series that premieres … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

The smears Lewinsky ignores

Monica Lewinsky unloaded today on Fox News and its former chairman, the late Roger Ailes, for turning her life into a “nightmare” as Fox covered the sex-and-lies scandal stemming from … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · 7 Comments

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

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