The American Spectator is accustomed to raising hackles on the Left
with its ferocious attacks on such liberal icons as Anita Hill and its
relentless pummeling of the Clinton Administration. But insiders say a
recent story by editor-in-chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. was too much even
for the conservative monthly's right-minded staff. Two top editors
threatened to quit when Tyrrell would brook no changes to his long
retelling of a state trooper's convoluted yarn linking then-Gov. Bill
Clinton to alleged CIA drug running via a remote Arkansas airstrip.
Ultimately, the piece was heavily rewritten. Still, senior editor
Christopher Caldwell soon jumped to the hot new conservative Weekly
Note: The Weekly Standard had not yet published its first issue when it was so described. Do we detect a certain incestuousness here in the establishment media?
By government drug-smuggling,
The National Journal
Shows its true colors
And makes small of R. Emmett Tyrrell.
His yarn convoluted
October 4, 1998
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