An incident took place in 1996 as the votes in the presidential election were coming in. Bill Clinton was on his way to defeating Bob Dole. Respected commentator David Brinkley made an unflattering remark about Clinton, not knowing his microphone was still on. He staed that with Clinton reelected, “Now we (America) will be subjected to another four years of God d@mn nonsense.”
While I personally agreed with those sentiments, and while I would argue the Seinfeld (Clinton) Presidency really was a nonsensical era of nothingness, the remarks themselves were beneath the normally dignified Mr. Brinkley. Unwilling to make a phony, namby-pamby non-apology apology (quite Clintonian actually), he was contrite and sincere. He stated that we as people, “Don’t always have to be right…but we do have to be fair.”
Mr. Brinkley apologized to Mr. Clinton, and to his credit, Mr. Clinton was gracious enough to do an interview with him after the election.
I think of that quote often because I value my integrity. Now that I have a blog, I zealously guard my brand. I never want to be the Jayson Blair Times, accused of shoddy work, low standards, and a lack of ethics. The only thing I have in this world is my name, and it matters to me.
Therefore, my obligations to my readers are…1) To admit my biases. I am a conservative republican. I am absolutely biased. 2) To try and be right as often as possible. 3) To be fair to people, and admit when I am wrong. Mistakes will happen, but they must be acknowledged, and not with a page 37 retraction in fine print.
So now I have a question for the world. Is Bill Clinton a convicted felon. I have stated that he is. It is my understanding that as part of his plea agreement, he was fined $90,000 by Judge Susan Webber Wright, and surrendered his law license. It was my understanding that this was a felony plea. I am aware that most people associate felonies with violent crimes, and while he was accused of rape at one point, he has never pleaded guilty to a violent crime. However, there are non-violent felonies, and my understanding was that his plea was a felony plea.
I need to know the truth. There are millions of reasons to hammer Bill and Hill, but I do not wish to be part of the conspiracy crowd. I have seen it directed at George W. Bush, and it sickens me.
If I am wrong, I will loudly retract my statement calling him a convicted felon, and never use that as a talking point again.
I need the help of everybody out there. Show me the evidence.
You must cite your sources, and let me view the link. Also, do not send me opinion columns. I want cold hard facts from respected legal analysts. Also, I do not want to receive anything from the Jayson Blair Times. I will not read it out of principle because they have no credibility. Other liberal or conservative sources are fine.
Again, it is vital that this question be answered. With my Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur Approaching, I do not want to have possibly spoken Loshon Hara (gossip) about an innocent man. If I am right, I will obviously beat my chest loudly and let the world know how incredibly close to prefect I am, which I may or may not apologize for on Yom Kippur.
The bottom line is I have stated that Bill Clinton is a convicted felon. Others disagree with me. The blogosphere should do its job and get me the cold hard facts.
I have often accused the Clintons of revisionist history. I do not wish to be guilty of the same transgression.
My column is not a courtroom. He is guilty until proven innocent. Again, I am biased, and I believe I am right.
Well, legal beagles of America? What say ye?