At the conclusion of the June 27 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, host Joe Scarborough explained why he canceled a planned interview with Edward Klein, the author of the new attack book on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), The Truth About Hillary (Sentinel, 2005). "After learning the stories were inflammatory, the sources were weak, and the book's relevance was less than zero, I canceled the booking," Scarborough stated.
SCARBOROUGH: The sizzling best-seller that defames Hillary Clinton is the topic of tonight's "Ethical Edge," part of MSNBC's new effort to focus on ethical issues in America. Now, a lot's been said in media circles this past week regarding Ed Klein's unauthorized biography of Hillary Clinton. The charges are explosive, accusing President Clinton of rape and the New York senator of sexual practices that, if believed, would derail her presidential aspirations.
You know, the rumors are thinly sourced, the material is lifted in great part from other works of fiction against Hillary, and when I learned Mr. Klein was booked on Scarborough Country, I asked questions: What were the stories? Who were the sources? And most importantly, what was the relevance?
After learning the stories were inflammatory, the sources were weak, and the book's relevance was less than zero, I canceled the booking. Why? Because it was the right thing to do. But being the contrarian I am, I just wonder: If other networks aren't allowing Mr. Klein on, then why did they allow Kitty Kelley [who wrote a book on the Bush family] during the presidential election? Just curious.