The Hill uncritically reported Jeff Gerth's claim that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "campaign has not disputed any facts reported in the final version of his book," Her Way, adding: "There hasn't been one fact in the book that's been challenged." However, Clinton's presidential campaign has taken issue with the book's claim that, as far back as 1993, the Clintons "planned two terms in the White House for Bill and, later, two for Hillary."
Her Way co-author Don Van Natta Jr. claimed that, in writing the book, he and Jeff Gerth "were able to interview 500 people, many of them on the record -- most of them on the record." In fact, a Media Matters review counted 101 distinct named interviewees in the book's endnotes. Of the 873 citations to interviews, 309 were to interviews of named sources, while 564 were to interviews of anonymous sources.
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In an advance copy of Her Way, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. claim that Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made a "secret pact" early in their careers to "capture the presidency for Bill," which the Clintons later expanded to include two terms as president for her. In an appearance on Good Morning America, Gerth and Van Natta dodged questions about the latter claim.
In Her Way, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. repeatedly cite former officials in the Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) to rehash allegations against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. This recalls Gerth's and Van Natta's controversial reporting on the OIC at The New York Times. In fact, a federal judge criticized Van Natta for "journalistic sleight of hand" and "fraudulent attribution" of key information in a 1999 article. In that article, Van Natta also allowed an OIC spokesman to falsely deny that he had been a source on internal OIC discussions.