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Vanity Fair focuses on Bill’s “post-White House escapades”

Ann Turner June 3, 2008
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A new Vanity Fair article is ruffling feathers with statements implying that former President Bill Clinton has engaged in a series of extramarital affairs with high-profile women.

The feature notes rumours of questionable relationships between Hillary Clinton’s husband and actress Gina Gershon and billionaire heiress Belinda Stronach, among others.

In the Vanity Fair story, writer Todd S Purdum delves into what he calls Clinton’s “post-White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations… to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinges posse.”

Purdum claims Clinton’s “episodic friendship” with billionaire auto-parts heiress and Canadian Parliament member Belinda Stronah has long served as fuel for tabloid rumours.

More recently, “high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip” has linked the former President to actress Gina Gershon.

In addition, Purdum says there has been talk of several other ‘female friends’ Clinton has been rumoured to be associating with.

While Purdum states that “none of these wisps of smoke have produced a public fire£ yet, he says that at least one unidentified Clinton aide was worried enough about the rumours going around to stage an “intervention,” because he believed “Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road.”

In a 2,476 word memo released on Sunday, Bill Clinton’s office vehemently attacked the Vanity Fair article’s commentary on his private relationships, his business connections and his health status.

The memo, provided by Clinton aide Jay Carson, called the Vanity Fair article “a tawdry, anonymous quote-filled attack piece,” which “repeats many past attacks on [Clinton], ignores much prior positive coverage, includes numerous errors, and ultimately breaks no new ground. It is, in short, journalism of personal destruction at its worst.”

The memo also stated that Vanity Fair has a “long history of libel and a loose relationship with the facts” and blasted the publication for the “obvious conflict of interest” caused by allowing Todd Purdum to author the piece on Clinton.

According to Clinton’s office, Purdum is married to fromer White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, which is a conflict “that would likely not be contemplated at more reputable publications.”

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