St. Petersburg Times
E-mail on Clinton twists the facts
By Robert Farley
Times Staff Writer
The latest anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton chain e-mail making the rounds comes not from an anonymous voice in the blogosphere but from a former political consultant who once helped guide the Clintons' political life in Arkansas and in the White House.
Although it's not clear who created the e-mail, its allegations are based on an article by famed strategist Dick Morris.
The onetime Clinton ally paints an embellished picture of Hillary Rodham as a student radical who interned for a law firm headed by a Communist and worked tirelessly to help Black Panthers on trial for murder.
Anonymous e-mail attacks are popular in the presidential campaign, particularly in the Democratic contest where both leading candidates have been subjected to viral assaults. But this one stands out because it cites a well-known source: Morris.
You may remember him as the campaign manager for Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, the one who stepped down in disgrace when it was revealed that he allowed a prostitute to listen in on conversations with the president. She said Morris had a thing for toe sucking.
Morris' relationship with the Clintons quickly soured. Now, he's a political commentator for Fox News and a nationally syndicated columnist with a Web site, DickMorris.com. Clinton-bashing is his passion.