The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Recalling John Doe No. 2, phantom suspect of the 1995 OKC bombing

HLN aired recently a two-installment retrospective about the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing of 1995, as part of the cable outlet’s “How It Really Happened” crime series. The program’s timing was … Continue reading

September 30, 2019

O.J. case ‘do over’: Why the ’95 trial is alive in popular consciousness

For Marcia Clark, the prosecutor who tried O.J. Simpson for double murder in 1995, and lost, The Fix series on ABC is something of a wishful do-over. More broadly the … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Clinton impeachment looking better, 20 years after

When the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton, 20 years ago this week, I remember thinking the move — unpopular then — would look better in time. And it … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · 5 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 · 5 Comments

‘Othering’ and the 1995 OKC bombing: Wiping away McVeigh?

The site of the deadliest domestic terror attack in American history nowadays is a meditative outdoor memorial featuring a reflecting pool guarded by loblolly pines, and 168 bronze-and-glass chairs (see … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

Narcissism on display: O.J. Simpson’s quasi-confession is aired

The quasi-confession of O.J. Simpson, the former football player and celebrity tried and acquitted in 1995 for killing his former wife and her friend, aired last night on the Fox … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

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 · 8 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 · 2 Comments

‘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, theĀ 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 · 8 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 · 4 Comments

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