The Clinton Slime Room

BY EDWARD KLEIN / OCTOBER 1, 2015

As might be expected in this era of partisan rancor, my new book, Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary, has prompted criticism by people on the Left.

Much of the criticism can be traced back to Hillary’s notorious attack machine and the henchmen who run that machine:

  • Hillary’s book-burning spokesman Philippe Reines (“Killing books has always been a fun pastime,” Reines once bragged).1
  • Her “Get Smart” secret agent Sidney Blumenthal, an expert in political wet work
  • Her Reich Minister of Propaganda, David Brock, of whom the less said the better.
  • And her puppet and Pinocchio-like spokesman, Nick Merrill.

These four horsemen of the apocalypse run what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls the Clinton “Slime Room.”

Here is how Dowd describes that Slime Room: “A $28 million cluster of media monitoring groups and oppo research organizations that are vehicles to rebut and at times discredit and threaten anyone who casts a gimlet eye at Clinton, Inc.”

The Clinton Slime Room has been dishing out its sludgy boilerplate for years, and it often doesn’t bother to come up with fresh ways to attack its victims.

When Peter Schweizer recently published Clinton Cash he was attacked by the Slime Room with the same exact words that have been used against me (“a discredited author”) and the same exact phrase used against my books (“a work of fiction”).

“To this day,” write Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman of Politico, “

[Hillary has] surrounded herself with media conspiracy theorists who remain some of her favorite confidants, urged wealthy allies to bankroll independent organizations tasked with knee-capping reporters perceived as unfriendly, withdrawn into a gilded shell when attacked and rolled her eyes at several generations of aides who suggested she reach out to journalists rather than just disdaining them.”

Ron Fournier, the senior political columnist and director of National Journal, explained the Slime Room’s MO this way:

Gennifer Flowers. Cattle futures. The White House travel office. Rose Law Firm files. The Lincoln Bedroom. Monica Lewinsky. And now the Clinton Foundation.

What ties these stories together is the predictable, paint-by-numbers response from the Bill and Hillary Clinton political operation.

  1.  Deny: Salient questions are dodged, and evidence goes missing. The stone wall is built.
  2. Deflect: Blame is shifted, usually to Republicans and the media.
  3. Demean: People who question or criticize the Clintons get tarred as right-wing extremists, hacks, nuts, or sluts. [italics added]2

People often ask me, Why has the Clinton Slime Room gone to such lengths to single out your books?

I have two answers to that question:

First, my books about Hillary have been more personal than others.

They have gone behind the scenes to chronicle personal details that exposed Hillary’s shenanigans and cast her in an unlikeable light.

Second, despite the Slime Room’s efforts, it has been unable to suppress my books.

The Truth About Hillary, The Amateur, Blood Feud and now Unlikeable have all been major best sellers. In fact, shortly after Blood Feud was published, it blew Hillary’s memoir Hard Choices off the top of the New York Times Best Seller List and replaced it in the No. 1 slot.

The Times did a story about our dueling books under the headline:

A PROVOCATEUR’S BOOK ON HILLARY CLINTON OVERTAKES HER MEMOIR IN SALES.

The story referred to me as Hillary’s “longtime antagonist,” and went on to say: “While the work of Mr. Klein, a former editor of Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, continues to rise, some Clinton allies have become sensitive about falling sales of Hard Choices.”

Sensitive is putting it mildly.

In Hillaryland, getting the better of Hillary is the unforgiveable sin.

By | 2017-10-02T12:24:00+00:00 October 1st, 2015|blog, Ed Klein Confidential|54 Comments

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  1. Michel Sharp October 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Ed, keep them coming, even though you have not replied to me on the metadata of her emails she handed over the state department.

    • Edward Klein November 25, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Sorry for the lack of a reply. I’ve had my hands full lately. All best, Ed Klein

  2. Barry E. Magee October 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Currently reading Mr. Klein’a book “Unlikeable” and am astonished at what I am learning but praise the author for his great book. Keep up the good work, Sir!

  3. Grace October 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Read Blood Feud. Shared it with family who still seem to be Democrats even after Obamacare. It takes a whole lot more than a village to change people’s minds, especially the low-information crowd. May God help us!

    Tell us about Clinton’s cooperation with the drug smuggling operation and planes landing at a small airport in AR before their ascension to political prominence.. Maybe that will tell everyone of their source of power, politically speaking. Also, what is Al Gore’s opinion of the Clinton’s?

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      A-Men, this country MUST wake up

  4. Victor October 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    What has happen to AMERICA? How do people like the Clintons remain in the Spotlight.

    If anyone else did the things that Hillary has done, (people have died) they would be in JAIL and the key would have been destroyed. There does not appear to be any question that she is a lier. She appears to have broken many federal laws and still she is being allowed to run for Public Office. She is a Lawyer, and need to be Disbarred. By doing so she will never be able to run or hold a Public Office. Why, has she not been charged and help to account for her actions. Does she hold so many secrets on everyone in the Courts and the Congress, that
    they are afraid to confront her and the people who work with her. She is an affront to the legal system (of which she has taken an oath of uphold) and to the American people.

    America, has become a Lawless nation, right from the President, Congress, the Judges of
    the Supreme Court, etc, etc.

    How could this happen, in the great country. People of this country need to become informed
    with the truth. We have lost our way!

    We are drowning in a Sea of lies and misinformations! The ship in going down and the Captain, is on the back of the ship on the putting green, and refuses to believe all the warning bells, that are sounding off.

    Mr Klein, please keep attempting to inform the public of want is going on.

    You have strong voice and it need to be heard.

    Thank you!

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Truer Words have Never Been SPOKEN….. WHY is there NO ONE in Government with this much COMMON SENSE.!!!!!!!!!

  5. Claudia F. Rowe October 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being so honest!! Your work is amazing! Keep up the great work! Be SAFE!!! You know what happens to the Clinton enemy!! Watch your back!

    Sincerely,

    Claudia Rowe

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Seriously!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jose Dias October 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Please look into the very valuable swag that HRC was given by world leaders during her trips as Secy of State which she was obligated to turn to State and report on her tax returns if she did not. She also ran off with valuable gifts given her when she was FLOTUS. Thanks.

  7. Mike Simenstad October 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Just keep up the good work! ! We NEVER want to see this cackling witch in the white house! !

  8. becky October 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    KILLARY .. what a FLUSTER CLUCK .. would NEVER vote for her, even if it were for a animal control officer .. she’d probably take it to OWEBLAMA and have dinner on it!!!!!!!!!!

  9. WJoan Herr October 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Ed,
    Keep up the excellent work.

  10. Rainer A Melucci October 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Great keep up the good work

  11. E. J. Clapp October 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    It seems that all the laws of our Country does not apply to them and it seems they can even get away with anything and not answer or taking to court or jailed for their wrong doings. Will this also apply for Chelsea? This whole family is worse than Snowden and quite a few more and yet they get away with it. Let it be me or you and we would be in jail. My question is “why”????

  12. Ricardo San Patrico October 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Good on ya’ for your great book!

  13. clip marinnovich October 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Hillary clinton is an embarresement to the country.Her husband slick willy embarresed her,his daughter an the Whitehouse.Yet this nut bag she stayed with him,how weak she is.Hillary is so outta touch with real Americans.this nut bag needs to just go away.Even her name ,Hillary is pathtic.

  14. Margaret R. Anderson October 1, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Loved Blood Feud and have enjoyed sharing it. I look forward to reading this one.
    Keep up the good work.

  15. wayne October 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    When Bill said

    ‘I did not have sex with that woman”

    he was referring to Hillary!

  16. Betty Taylor October 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the job that you have been doing to keep the American public up to date on the foul media information that is being exposed by Mr. & Mrs. Clinton. Keep up the good work! Betty Taylor.

  17. Don October 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    How does such an incredibly beastly, lying, thieving person such as her manage to assemble such a loyal, dedicated and viscous group of people? Can they be equally as bad as she? The President of the USA is the Commander-in-Chief. If she is elected the country will have a Thief-in-Chief.

  18. Sheryl Fischer October 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mr. Klein for writing this book.

  19. Andy October 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Mr Klein.

    Thank you for the reveals and truth-be-told approach.

    Slime usually takes awhile to get off of something. Hopefully prison makes sense to them for death in their administration, scandal and far too much money that ran through their hands.

  20. Mike October 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Good for Ed Klein for exposing that liar. God forbid she be elected president. She would be more dangerous in the Whitehouse than Obama the iliar in chief himself.

  21. Down with Hillary Clinton. October 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I find myself encouraged that Hillary Clinton is a has been. Both she and Bill have disgraced this country. It simply amazes me, how in the world can anyone in their right mind vote for her. I am not opposed to a woman in the White House, it must be someone with character, honesty, smarts, friendly, all of which does not fit Hillary’s profile.

  22. Stan Guerra October 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    If you love the Clintons, you won’t like Mr. Klein’s books. However, if you’re somewhat like myself, you’ll love his books. I’ve read several of them and am going to buy “Unthinkable” immediately.

  23. James October 1, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    In an evenhanded comment, I don’t
    feel that America needs to have
    another Clinton or Bush in the White House. As families, they’ve had their chances to govern. There
    is no reason to install, or create, a political dynasty of succession, in my opinion. Any attempt to do so, borders on megalomania at the very least. Just my opinion.

  24. Jim Rosebro October 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Wow! The truth hurts.

  25. Sharon Buswell October 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Love your website and comments especially about Hillary. One of these days the Clinton machine will fail and how the mighty will fall. Looking forward to it. Thanks !

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Can’t wait for that to happen, Yesterday would not be soon enough………….

  26. Mike B October 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I’m glad to hear someone is not afraid of Hillary and her machine. This women should be in jail and her compadres belong in a cell along side of her. She is not likeable and she does not care about anyone or anything that might come between her and her power grab. She is a complete elitest and wants to make sure she stays on top. She very seldom speaks thw truth and this foundation of theirs is ripping off thousands of doners. Most of that money goes right into their coffers for personal cunsumption.

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      You speak the gospel. It’s a shame everyone does not see the TRUTH

  27. Lee Nixon October 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    This should make for good reading
    The Clinton Slime Room
    But you can bet Clinton and Democrats will denied this as usual

  28. Rocky Venti October 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Ed – You are doing a great service to the country by exposing these people who should be tried for treason at the least and placed in front of a firing squad at most. Keep up the great work…

    • K wilmoth October 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Ride on partner

  29. Doane October 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Go get her Ed Klein. She represents a danger to this country as big as that of ISIS or Iran.
    She is a demonic woman.

  30. Connie K. October 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Mr. Klein: Love your books! Recently saw your interview w/ Sean Hannity on FOX…keep up the good work! The Clintons have the moral character of common criminals.
    Best wishes!

  31. Tom Tully October 2, 2015 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Mr. Kline is a courageous soul to pen the antics but really the truth about Hillary. She wouldn’t know the truth if it was personified and speaking directly to her. Hillary should be crowned Ms.Liar of the year 2016 to replace her anticipated coronation as President 2017. The truth will always surface and expose the deceiver before the public.

  32. Brian Wark October 2, 2015 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Ed, please answer this burning question for me. I live in Sydney, Australia, but follow American politics very closely, having done so since Obama erroneously attained election in 2008, and unbelievably again in 2012. Of late I have tracked and written (to an email base of about 200) about this vile woman Hillay Clinton, which must by default also include the other half, Bill. Like Obama, whom I researched relentlessly from 2007, finding all the stuff the U.S. mainstream media never bothered publishing, I have left little uncovered in my endeavour to find out all that I can about the Clintons. Given the depth of revulsion revealed in your books, how is it in a modern society like America, that such “slimebags” can occupy the White House for two terms, be elected a Senator from NY and then after a failed bid for the presidency, be apponted as Secretary of Sate? Finally, adding insult to injury, she runs for the presidency once again in 2016? What am I missing?

  33. Kay E Temple October 2, 2015 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Thank You! The Lord Bless You! America, stand up! Heal out Land.
    There are legions of patriots still in America willing to fight for our freedom.
    May God Bless all of us and especially you, Edward Klein, and Peter Schweize. I have some of your books.

    Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you,

    Kay Temple
    Sisters, Oregon

    Retiring rancher and entrepreneur

  34. Jacques Burnette October 2, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I LOVE YOUR WORK MR. KLEIN!!!
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!

  35. MARTHA BOOTHE=BEDERKA October 2, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I WILL MOST LIKELY GET YOUR NEW “UNLIKABLE” BOOK. I’VE LOOKED UP SOME INTERESTING PAST HISTORY ON THE NET AND I’M ALWAYS KICKED OFF WITHIN MINUTES. SURPRISE? NO…”WE THE PEOPLE” ARE NOW SO DISGUSTED WITH THE VAGUENESS THAT USED TO BE OUR GOVERNMENT, THAT WE TRUST IN BARELY ANYTHING AND FEEL MOSTLY HELPLESS WAITING FOR OUR COUNTRY TO BE TAKEN OVER BY SOME RADICAL OR DICTATORIAL GROUP..NO MATTER HOW THOROUGHLY THE CLINTON’S, AND MANY OTHERS LIKE THEM, BUT NOT AS GOOD OR EXPERIENCED AS THE CLINTON’S , HAVE THEIR LITTLE, SCHEMES, OR OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES EXPOSED, THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO GET BY WITH ANYTHING, AND I MEAN ANYTHING. EITHER OF THEM COULD BE CAUGHT IN ANY ACT AND LOOK YOU IN THE EYE, MOST OF THE TIME, WHILE THEY ARE IN PROCESS AND SWEAR THEY ARE INNOCENT. BILL IS MUCH BETTER AT THIS THAN CLINTON AND HE’S PAID $700,000 PLUS AN HOUR TO GIVE “SPEECHES TO CONTINUE THE CLINTON SCAM OF THE CENTURY.

  36. Kenneth S. Dewire October 2, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be helpful if Klein and other media specialists used all the “slime room” techniques in the war against ISIS? Surely there must be ways to take the wind out of the ISIS radicalization and recruitment machines and recruit instead for the coalition forces, interrupt the support of arms and money from misguided providers by reeducating their attitudes..

  37. Rob October 2, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    The evil Clintons. never trusted slick Willie and evil Hillary is even worse. Some of her early pictures remind me of a character in one of the James Bond movies (I think the one about space and shuttles where an deranged lunatic wants to start a new world with select couples. Sent to a space station while he destroys the present earth inhabitants) There is a giant of a guy ” Jaws ” who finds love with this thick glassed, pig tailed woman. Well, early pictures of Ms Clinton reminds me of her. Anyway Ms Clinton, she is the personification of evil. I doubt she has ever told the truth. I would not trust her. I am sure Mr Klein has done his homework as their are a scattering of bodies every where which have become Ms Clinton’s victims. God help us if this woman becomes president and the mere vision of slick Willie roaming the white house again should give everyone concern.

  38. Michael Howie October 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    i read ameture ,it was true. can Clinton get away with Bengazi,because of the attorney general?

  39. Edward Rambo October 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    No one needs to say a thing about Hillbilly, anyone that knows her knows that just about every word she says is Crap, and by now most of America knows she’s full of Shit, and we all know she does what she wants and Damn what the rules or regulations are, time to put this Hoe down and end her suffering once and for all…

  40. Janette Anderson October 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    You fare better than others who conveniently die when they have too much information.

  41. Nannette October 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I think it is great. Maybe some people can get past the brain washing democratic so so’s to see the truth about “Hillary and also her husband “whats his name – I seem to have removed him from my memory”. Maybe, just maybe the democrat voters will wake up and smell the coffee, also the roses. Keep it up Edward Klein.

  42. Harold Mathews October 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I have seen what happened in Arkansas, I do not trust Hillary Clinton in any way. I believe she was sharing intentionally trade secrets to our enemies in one way or another. She is not a stupid woman, wake up America and get involved and study what is going on in this sad world we live in. Look at the last 8 years and she was the one to deal with our allies and enemies do the math look at the big picture and see she sold us down the rode.

  43. j. willis October 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Keep up the good work.

  44. Jerry Holden October 3, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Mr. Klein

    Thank you for your courage and honesty. In todays political environment one rarely hears anyone speak the truth.
    I believe one of the fundamental flaws of our current form of governance is the control large donors have over “their” candidates.
    Many support both sides of the isle which results in an obvious conflict of interest when some one like Mrs. Clinton decides to misbehave. No one has the political will to do anything for fear of upsetting the folk they rely on for there campaign finances who also support Mrs. Clinton. It is truly a sad day when she can openly disregard the same laws governing document security I had to follow when in the armed services with zero repercussions.

    Thanks again for your hard work.

    Regards
    Jerry Holden

  45. PATRICK D.SHERMAN October 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Ed :
    You are a great journalist and author .
    I can no longer be the least optimistic .
    Our great nation is quickly going down el toiletto.
    It’s just a matter of time, before someone flushes and we lose all the principles that this country was founded on some 250 years ago.

    That’s what happens, when the people who vote, outnumber the people who work .

    In any case, you keep up the good work .

    Thanks,

    – PAT –

  46. Lori Ruhl October 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to read your book! Although, I have known for many years what your book tittle says. Lol. I am sure you have another best seller on your hands.

  47. Sylvia October 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    How can so many people be duped about these people (Clintons)? Are we now a country of idiots? We need to take her down hard by voting for her opponent in overwhelming numbers in 2016. I definitely am going to vote republican. I just hope and pray (oops, can one say that in America?) that we don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils this time.

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